Rock legend Bruce Springsteen's daughter Jessica was born to jump. She is closer and closer to joining the U.S. Olympic showjumping team. She is one of the ten best riders in the country, experts say.
Commenting on last year's Rio Games, Jessica said she finally managed to prove she was competitive against “these top riders.” She was also the first at Dublin’s RDS Arena last August. Besides being talented, perhaps the venue brought her luck – it was the place her father had played two years earlier.
"The arena there is absolutely massive. It's huge, and there were thousands and thousands of people," she recalls her successful journey. "It was packed. Everyone there knew every rider, every horse, and it was like a family event as well. It was such a fun show to be a part of, it had so much history."
Ever since she could remember, her family has had horses. She spent most of her childhood and teenage days at Stone Hill Farm, where she has been riding since she was four or five. The estate still belongs to her father, and encompasses 300 acres of land located in New Jersey.
She grew up in an animal heaven, recalling that her family had some goats, some chickens and pigs. “There used to be two ostriches as well, but they were a little bit violent, so we had to give them away."
She also remembers that the estate helped her get rid of nervousness. “I used to be afraid to canter over the fences -- I was so nervous to go any faster and I wouldn't win anything." Boy had she overcome her weakness!
Photo attribution: Martin Kraft