‘He Knows Me So Well’- Jessica Springsteen Opens up on Her Connection With Her Horse Ahead of Tokyo Olympics Equestrian Event

Published 07/31/2021, 2:15 PM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 05: Jessica Springsteen of The United States of America and RMF Zecilie compete on day 1 of the 5th Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping on July 5, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)


Jessica Springsteen is the daughter of American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa. The 24-year-old has stepped out of her parent’s shadow to make a name for herself. She will make her Olympic debut this year in the equestrian jumping events. 

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Jessica has been dreaming of this moment since she was a little kid riding her ponies. She qualified for the US Olympics earlier this year, on July 6th. In Tokyo, she will have to navigate obstacles and believe in her horse.

PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 05: Jessica Springsteen of The United States of America and RMF Zecilie compete on day 1 of the 5th Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping on July 5, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Jessica Springsteen on her family’s support 

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Even though she chose a path completely different from that what they found success in, her parents are super supportive of all her decisions.

“My family has gotten so involved in the sport, it’s a huge passion for them,” she says. “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.”

Due to the strict Covid protocols in place this year, her family will not be able to cheer her on in the stadium. They will be watching the event from a viewing party “They’ve been so supportive since I was little on ponies, they’ve been like my biggest supporters.”

Jessica Springsteen always wears the necklace that her grandmother gave to her when she was 18. She wears it to all her major events as her lucky charm. 

Bond with her horse

Springsteen says that if there’s one good thing about the Tokyo Olympics getting postponed, was that she got to spend more time with her new horse Don Juan van de Donkhueve.

She has been dreaming of representing her country at the Olympics since she was a child. She always knew this was her calling, and this is what she wanted to pursue in her life. 

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Jessica Springsteen says that the bond between a horse and its rider is very important in this sport. “I feel like I know him so well now, he knows me so well, and there isn’t any other horse that I want to be going into the Games on,” she says of her partner. “He’s brave, he’s reliable, he’s competitive.” 

Jessica is ranked World No. 14 in the world show jumping rankings. She will try to finish on the podium and make her childhood dream come true. 

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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