PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Maccabi USA is seeking qualified Jewish riders to represent the United States in the Equestrian Show Jumping competition at the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games in Mexico City, Mexico, July 5-15, 2019.

The Pan American Maccabi Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora. They are hosted by the Confederación Latinoamericana Maccabi (CLAM) and conducted in cooperation with the Maccabi World Union. The event is held every four years, two years after the World Maccabiah Games.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2019 for U.S. show jumpers (male or female) to compete in the Open (ages 18-35+) Division over fences at 1.25m in height. Eight riders, and four reserves, will be selected to form two teams of four. The event celebrates  Jewish unity, culture and heritage, while gaining valuable team competition experience.

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Bluman To Coach

Taking on the role of chef d'équipe and leading the U.S. show jumping team at the Pan American Maccabi Games will be Olympic show jumper and Central American and Caribbean Games gold medalist Daniel Bluman of Bluman Equestrian. Bluman, who is based in North Salem, N.Y. part of the year, boasts an impressive resume of accolades from competitions spanning the globe and most recently represented Israel in the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, in September.

As a young rider, Bluman competed in Colombia, Germany and the USA and trained with some of the industry's top professionals, including Nelson Pessoa.

Representing his Jewish roots, Bluman is now helping Israel shine on the international equestrian scene and has his sights set on competing at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The 28-year-old show jumper is a formidable force in the show ring known for his winning ways, with the road paved for continued success. More than simply a competitor, Bluman is a quality example for the younger generation of what a horseman should aim to be, which makes him the perfect choice for chef d'équipe for the 2019 Pan American Maccabi Games.

About Maccabi USA:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs. The organization is the official sponsor of the United States team to the World Maccabiah Games and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America. As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

Maccabi USA is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The organization is one of 38 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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