If Bruce Springsteen is “the boss” of the American music industry, his daughter Jessica is carrying on that boss legacy—in the equestrian world, that is. The 29-year-old daughter of the legendary rocker is paving her own path in the world of horse riding, and this week it was announced that she’ll join three other standout riders on the U.S. jumping roster for the 2021 Tokyo games. In a recent Instagram post, Springsteen celebrated the accomplishment noting that she’s “Been dreaming of this since I can remember!” And according to Sports Illustrated, this is her first Olympics run after her horse—12-year-old Don Juan Van de Donkhoeve— suffered a leg injury in 2016, preventing her from competing in that year’s games.
After graduating from Duke University in 2014, Springsteen went on to pursue show jumping and modeling, and was named the equestrian ambassador for Gucci. But she's been competing in equestrian competitions, including the Royal Windsor Horse Show, since she was young.
While her father won’t be able to watch her compete in person—Japan has banned foreign spectators from the games—he will be cheering stateside, especially considering he was partly responsible for her original love of horses. Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa raised their family on a 400-acre horse farm in Colts Neck, New Jersey, where Jessica learned to ride. “We had a really grounded upbringing and it was nice that I always had riding to focus on and have something a little bit for myself,” Jessica told CNN.
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