Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica is a star in her own right. Rather than follow her dad into music, Jessica has become a force to be reckoned with in the equestrian world. After all, she’s currently 14th rank in the world and about to make her Olympic debut.
Springsteen and her mount, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion she affectionately calls Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, will compete in show jumping. It’s been a long road to the Olympics for the equestrian athlete. But Springsteen couldn’t be more excited.
“It’s the biggest honor,” Springsteen told People. “Throughout my career, representing my country has been my goal. And so to be doing so at the Olympics, it’s a huge honor. I couldn’t be more excited.”
Springsteen said she tried to take advantage of the delay in the Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the rider, she spent that year strengthening the bond between herself and her horse in preparation for the event.
“As athletes, we need to be adaptable and learn to push through. I just tried to stay as focused as I could on my goal,” the equestrian says. “I took the extra year to continue training and developing my partnership with Don. And I think it made us stronger for this year.”
Bruce Springsteen’s Daughter and Her Horse
Jessica Springsteen will need that trust come August 2nd to the 7th. She will be representing Team USA and competing for the first time for Olympic gold. Springsteen believes her bond will her stallion is one of a lifetime.
“The partnership you have with your horse is everything. And with Don I have a really, really strong partnership,” Springsteen said. “Sometimes you get a horse and it can take you a long time get to know each other, but with him, we came together quickly and we’ve been able to build on that ever since. We definitely have a lot of trust.”
Unfortunately, her father Bruce Springsteen won’t be in the stands. The Olympic Games banned live audiences due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But he will definitely be cheering Springsteen on as she goes for her dreams.
“My family has gotten so involved in the sport, it’s a huge passion for them,” she said. “They’ve all been on this journey with me, so I wish we could be there together, but it’s important that everyone stays safe. That’s the most important thing.”
She said that her parents have supported her since an early age and always encouraged her to follow her dreams.
“They’ve been so supportive since I was little on ponies, they’ve been like my biggest supporters,” she said. “I’m constantly on the phone with them, my friends, every day. Everyone is so excited.”