Sahar Daniel Hirosh Invited to Gothenburg World Cup Final, 1st Israeli Rider in Annual Global Dressage Championship
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Mar. 10, 2021
By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
Sahar Daniel Hirosh has been invited to the dressage World Cup Final, the first Israeli rider to participate in the annual global championship that is set for Gothenburg, Sweden in three weeks.
Sahar, based in Wellington, Florida will compete Whitman, an 18-year-old KWPN gelding on which he earned the World Cup start. On Whitman, he has also earned a qualifying score for the European Championships to be held in Hagen, Germany in September.
He was so surprised at the invitation to Sweden that at first, he told dressage-news.com, he thought it was a scam and ignored an email from the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). He asked the FEI for confirmation three times before he was assured the invitation was real.
He qualified for the Gothenburg Final through the Western European League.
Sahar will be 47 years old when the World Cup is held at the Scandinavium arena Mar. 30-April 4,
He has launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise enough money to help cover the estimated $40,000 needed for air and ground travel for horse and rider.
Salomon and Jane Suwalsky, who have owned Whitman for 10 years, have put up $10,000, and the FEI and the Gothenburg organizers will cover some costs. Jane and Salomon have been long time supporters of dressage; Jane was the owner of Neruda, the horse on which Michael Barisone took to the 2008 Olympics as a reserve on the U.S. team.
Sahar said that the Dutta Corp. that is handling transportation for horses for the dressage and jumping competitions is making end-to-end arrangements. Yvonne Losos De Muñiz of the Dominican Republic who is also going to Gothenburg for what will be her third Final had provided support.
“So many people are helping in so many ways,” he said. “Wellington is an amazing and wonderful equestrian community.”
Five dressage horses and 10 jumpers are scheduled to fly from Miami to Amsterdam Mar. 25 then the lengthy highway and ferry journey to Gothenburg.
In addition to Sahar and Whitman, the dressage combinations from Wellington are Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In of Canada; Yvonne Losos De Muñiz of the Dominican Republic on Aquamarijn and Olivia LaGoy-Weltz on Lonoir and Charlotte Jorst on Kastel’s Nintendo of the United States.