Margie Goldstein-Engle

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Margie Goldstein-Engle
Margie Goldstein-Engle
on Coraya Z; June 7, 2009
Personal information
Birth nameMargie Goldstein
Born (1958-03-31) March 31, 1958 (age 60)
Wellington, Florida
Height5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)[1]
Weight105 lb (48 kg)[1]
Event(s)Show jumping
Achievements and titles
National finals10x 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sharon Robb (January 23, 1992). "Goldstein Works Way To Stardom". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Margie Goldstein-Engle". International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "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. ^ a b c d e Christina K. Cosdon (September 14, 2000). "Floridian: Jumping for joy". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e 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. ^ a b c d e f 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. ^ a b 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. ^ a b c d "Margie Goldstein-Engle". U.S. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. March 25, 2001. Archived from the original on September 9, 2011. 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. ^ a b c d "Goldstein-Engle, Margie". Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  18. ^ Michele Gelormine (October 18, 1994). "Leaps of Faith". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  19. ^ a b c d e 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. ^ a b c d "Margie Engle". Club Equestrian. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. 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). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 1, 2012. 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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