Margie Goldstein-Engle

Margie Goldstein-Engle

Margie Goldstein-Engle
on Coraya Z; June 7, 2009
Personal information
Birth name Margie Goldstein
Nationality American
Born (1958-03-31) March 31, 1958
Wellington, Florida
Height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)[1]
Weight 105 lb (48 kg)[1]
Sport Equestrianism
Event(s) Show jumping
Achievements and titles
National finals 10x Rider of the Year (American Grand Prix Association)
Personal best(s) World-record-high jump of 7 feet 8 34 inches (2.356 m) in 1987

Margie Goldstein-Engle (born March 31, 1958) is an American show jumping equestrian, and a 10-time American Grandprix Association Rider of the Year.[2][3]

Early and personal life

She was born in Wellington, Florida, to Mona (an elementary school principal and teacher) and Irvin Goldstein (an accountant), and is Jewish.[2][4][5][6][7][8] She grew up in her middle-class family in South Miami, Florida, with two older brothers.[7][8][9] In third grade, she became passionate about horses.[7]

At the age of nine, she took jobs at horse barns and dog kennels as a way to pay for riding lessons.[7][10][11] Less affluent than other riders, she said: "You're maybe not dressed like the other riders. You don't have the custom things, you don't have the top clothing, and a lot of my stuff was hand-me-downs.... It was more cliquish than anything. They'd more snub you than tease you."[9]

She attended South Miami High School and North Miami Beach High School, and graduated from Florida International University with a 4.0 GPA, majoring in business education.[8][9][10][12] She married her husband, horse veterinarian Steve Engle, in 1995.[8][13][14]

Equestrian career

Goldstein-Engle won 6 World Cups and 20 Nations Cups between 1984 and 2005.[2] The FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) ranked her as high as # 6 all-time.[2]

In 1987, she recorded a world-record-high jump of 7 feet 8 34 inches (2.36 m).[15] Speaking of such high jump event, she said: "You have to figure the horse either has a lot of trust, or a lot of heart, because once the wall gets over six and a half feet, it looks more like the side of a building."[16]

In 1991, she suffered broken bones and nerve damage in her left foot as the result of a fall at a horse show.[9][17] Doctors told her she would likely not ever walk normally again.[9] The following week, she was again riding, and 10 weeks later she resumed competing.[17] In 1992, a 1,200-pound (540 kg) horse fell on her at a show, opening a deep 12-inch (300 mm) cut on her back and breaking four of her ribs.[18] In July 1998, she received injuries to her face as the result of a fall.[17] She rode the next day.[17] She has also fractured her left shoulder, and broken her collarbone twice, her arm, her wrist, and two fingers.[9]

At the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, she won a silver medal with the U.S. jumping team (riding Alvaretto).[13][19][20] She competed for the U.S. 2000 Olympics team in Sydney, Australia.[2][3][19] She won a team gold medal and an individual bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, and a silver medal with the U.S. team in the 2006 World Equestrian Games (riding Quervo Gold).[2][20][21][22]

Goldstein-Engel was the American Grandprix Association’s (AGA) only ten-time Rider of the Year. She won the award in 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999/2000, 2000/2001, 2003, 2005, and 2006.[2][19][23] She was also the 1991 American Horse Shows Association Equestrian of the Year.[20]

Goldstein-Engle set a record with career show-jumping earnings of more than $4 million.[8][19] She has more than 195 Grand Prix victories, and as of October 2011 she was the all-time career leader in Grand Prix wins.[2][20][24][25] She set a record with most Grand Prix wins in a single season (11; on Saluut II).[2][7][13][19]

Halls of Fame

In 2001, she was honored by the U.S. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2009 she was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[2][13]

See also


  1. 1 2 Sharon Robb (January 23, 1992). "Goldstein Works Way To Stardom". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Margie Goldstein-Engle". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  3. 1 2 "Margie Goldstein-Engle Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-Reference. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  4. Bob Wechsler (2008). Day by day in Jewish sports history. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. ISBN 0-88125-969-1. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  5. Steve Lipman (September 15, 2000). "Olympic Games 2000: Hopes Up Down Under". The Jewish Week. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  6. Ron Kaplan (January 22, 2009). "Jewish Hall of Fame taps new inductees". New Jersey Jewish News. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 Christina K. Cosdon (September 14, 2000). "Floridian: Jumping for joy". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 Vicky Moon (2004). A Sunday Horse: Inside the Grand Prix Show Jumping Circuit. Capital Books. ISBN 1-931868-41-7. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Jon Scher (December 9, 1991). "Clearing Life's Hurdles; For 1991 Rider of the Year Margie Goldstein, overcoming hurdles is second nature". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  10. 1 2 Robin Finn (October 31, 1991). "Horse Show; Daydream and Ever If Ever Share the Puissance Title". The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  11. Neil Santaniello (February 16, 1986). "Despite Financial Hurdles, She Takes Speed-jump Title". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  12. "Still-Injured Rider to Saddle Up for a Chance at Olympics". Miami Herald. May 14, 2004. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  13. 1 2 3 4 "Margie Goldstein-Engle". U.S. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. March 25, 2001. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  14. Sharon Robb (September 15, 2000). "Sport-By-Sport Capsules". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  15. Jessie Shiers (2006). Incredible Horse Tales. Globe Pequot. ISBN 1-59228-987-8. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  16. "Riders Aim at Record in Horse Show Event". The News and Courier. November 3, 1989. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  17. 1 2 3 4 "Goldstein-Engle, Margie". Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  18. Michele Gelormine (October 18, 1994). "Leaps of Faith". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  19. 1 2 3 4 5 Ernestine G. Miller (2002). Making her mark: firsts and milestones in women's sports. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-139053-7. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  20. 1 2 3 4 "Margie Engle". Club Equestrian. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  21. Jennifer Ward (August 16, 2003). "U.S. Show Jumpers Take Pan Am Gold". Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  22. "2003 Pan American Games Jumping" (PDF). Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  23. Michele Dargan (December 4, 2006). "Engle takes First Place, Rider Title". Palm Beach Daily News. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  24. "World's top jumpers for Kentucky show". October 1, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  25. "Margie Engle Wins the $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix de Penn National". United States Equestrian Federation. October 23, 2011. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
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