Bruce Springsteen is now the proud father of a U.S.A. Olympian.
The legendary “Born in the U.S.A” singer’s daughter, Jessica Springsteen, was named a member of the equestrian team. She will join the show jumping team and will compete in the quadrennial event. It will take place starting in Tokyo on July 23. She is currently ranked third in the nation as well and No. 27 in the world.
While her parents were being two successful rock stars, filling stadiums and making millions, Jessica was exploring her love of the sport.
Jessica Springsteen 2021 Olympics
Bruce Springsteen’s daughter started off her career with a college degree. She attended Ranney School in Tinton Falls and then went to Duke. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in psychology. From there, she immediately started chasing her dreams as an equestrian. She earned about $2 million from competing in international competitions.
She got her spot on the U.S. team with a little help from a mare named Tinkerbell. Springsteen competed in the K 4* Grand Prix Hubside Jumping Tour event in France on June 13. This was a pre-Olympic event and she dominated all the others with her 36.16 seconds on the field.
She also shared the news on her social media. She wrote, “Been dreaming of this since I can remember! Endless gratitude for my team, friends and family for helping me make this a reality. We are Tokyo bound!!”
She’s hoping to have a special bond with these horses. “Some horses you get on immediately with and you pick right away and others it can take a little bit longer and be a bit of a struggle,” she told CNN in 2019.
Bruce Springsteen’s Daughter’s Career As An Equestrian
According to NJ.com, Springsteen has two other horses she’ll be working with. She will compete with Don Juan van de Donkhoeve. He is a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion. Jessica Springsteen will also ride on RMF Zecilie, a 14-year-old Holsteiner mare.
“My dream is always to represent the United States in championships, so I am definitely always working toward that. I feel like I have a really good group of horses jumping great right now, so I will just keep doing my best,” Jessica Springsteen said.
Her parents are supportive of her outstanding equestrian career as well. In fact, it’s on the family’s 368-acre farm in Rumson, New Jersey, where she first fell in love with horses and riding. She got her very first pony here when she was only 6.
Bruce Springsteen will not be able to go along with her to Tokyo. There are COVID-19 restrictions that keep all international spectators out of Tokyo. His show, “Springsteen on Broadway” is on break from July 17 to August 17. Jessica Springsteen is set to compete from August 2-7. Although he can’t be in the stands, he has a clear schedule to be her biggest fan from the states.
According to USA Today, Jessica Springsteen has been trying to get into the Olympics for years. She was an alternate rider in 2012 for the London Olympics. Then she failed to make Team U.S.A. in 2016. She will be alongside Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut, and McLain Ward.