Days before they are set to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Jessica Springsteen and her horse are back together again.
The daughter of rockers Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa shared an adorable photo of her with her horse via social media on Wednesday, July 28.
“Reunited,” the Olympian captioned the photo on Instagram.
The 29-year-old Jessica Springsteen is the No. 3 rider on the United States rider list. She is also ranked No. 14 in the world in show jumping. She served as an alternate for Team USA in the 2012 London Olympics. However, she did not make the team in 2016 for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. So, she will be making her Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Springsteen’s horse is named Don Juan van de Donkhoeve.
“We’ve been building our partnership over the last couple years, he’s everything I would want in a championship horse,” Jessica Springsteen said. “We have so much trust in our relationship and he is so powerful and he kind of does everything so effortlessly … I can really rely on him.”
They are part of a team that also includes Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut, and McLain Ward. Ward is the team’s reserve.
Farrington won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. He has also won a gold medal at the Pan American Games. Kraut is an Olympic gold medalist. She won gold in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics. She and Ward joined forces in 2018 to win gold at the World Show Jumping Championships. Ward has won two Olympic gold medals and one silver. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics marks his fifth time competing in the famous games.
Springsteen’s Famous Parents React to Jessica Making It To the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Unsurprisingly, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa are very proud of their daughter qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. After all, her love of horses grew because of them. They bought her her first horse when she was just 6 years old. She began riding at the age of 5.
So, how did the famous rockers react to the news?
“They were so excited. They’ve supported me since I was little,” Jessica Springsteen said during an interview with Hoda Kotb on TODAY. “They’ve supported me since I was little.”
Her equestrian efforts have been a family affair, she also said.
“This has been a huge dream of mine ever since I can remember and the sport has become such a passion for them as well. I feel like we’ve been on this journey together, so they were just so happy,” Jessica also said.