by Benyamin Cohen
ON June 1st, Danielle Goldstein had the kind of picture-perfect wedding you'd find in bridal magazines. It took place on a private yacht off the coast of Italy. She was dressed in a haute couture wedding gown by designer Roberto Cavalli and surrounded by dozens of friends and family. So when we caught up with her today, less than two weeks later, you'd think she'd be recovering from her honeymoon, opening presents or looking through her wedding album. Instead, she has spent just about every moment since the nuptials training eight hours per day for what she hopes will be a career-defining moment. In two weeks, Goldstein will be competing to qualify for the Olympics.
The native New Yorker is a professional horse rider and competes in show jumping, a passion she's had for ages. The sport is considered the track and field of equestrian events, as competitors race through a course with hurdles that test the horse's high jumping skills. "I grew up riding since I was 8," she told From The Grapevine. "Once I started riding, all I ever wanted to do was ride in the Olympics. That's still what I want to do. My goal has never changed."
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