US Equestrian Olympian Jessica Springsteen to Retire Qualification Horse for Younger Stallion

Published 07/14/2021, 4:26 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 07: Jessica Springsteen of The United States of America reacts on day three of the Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping in the Champ de Mars on July 07, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)


Jessica Springsteen made headlines when she qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Daughter of the legendary Bruce Springsteen, Jessica will aim to make her father and country proud at the Olympics. However, will her horse selection play a factor in Tokyo?

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Jessica Springsteen not using the horse that won her qualification

CANNES, FRANCE – JUNE 09: Jessica Springsteen competes at International Longines Global Champion Tour – Day 1 on June 9, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)

Springsteen qualified for the Olympics a week ago alongside RMF Tinkerbell, a 13-year-old mare. She put on a wonderful performance at the CSI4* on 19th June at St. Tropez-Grimaud, winning the jumping Grand Prix. With a score of 36.16, Springsteen picked up the prize money of 25,000 EUR.

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Despite the success with RMF Tinkerbell, Springsteen retired her before the Olympics. Instead, she will ride Don Juan De Donkhoeve. With Don Juan, Jessica registered a decent performance at Windsor, one of the last stops on the way to the Olympics. She finished 18th at Windsor, behind her teammates Laura Kraut and Kent Farrington.

Although the result wasn’t what she expected, Don Juan is a younger stallion. Her preference for the younger stallion could emerge out of an injury to RMF Tinkerbell or simply because she has faith in him. Don Juan’s most impressive performance with Springsteen came at the FEI Nations Cup in Wellington, Florida, where they finished first.

Springsteen and Don Juan’s combination began in 2019, after the stallion’s former owner Eleonore Lambilliotte from Belgium moved on to a different horse. Will this two-year-old combination put up a tough challenge at the Tokyo Olympics 2021, or will they succumb to the stiff competition?

Springsteen rises in jumping world rankings

ROME, ITALY – MAY 28: Jessica Springsteen of the United States Equestrian Team is seen during the CSIO Rome Piazza Di Siena International Equestrian Competition at Piazza Di Siena on May 28, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/GC Images)

With the news of her Olympic qualification hitting the internet, Jessica Springsteen rose in the jumping world rankings by a huge margin. The 29-year-old moved up from #27 to #14, a thirteen point jump. She lies ahead of her teammate and former trainer Laura Kraut and US show jumping legend Beezie Madden.

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This jump isn’t simply attributed to her Olympic qualification but her impressive performances at Grand Prix’s. Picking up wins in Florida and St. Tropez placed in the upper echelon of athletes heading to the Olympics, but she remains below two of her more experienced teammates.

McLain Ward ranks at #10 and is the most decorated Olympian in the current show jumping team. The highest ranked athlete is Kent Farrington at #5, who is also a former silver medalist at the Rio Olympics 2021.

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