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“Taught Me Like a Lot of Responsibility”: Close Bond With Horses Helped Bruce Springsteen’s Equestrian Daughter Once

Published 03/26/2023, 2:21 PM EDT

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The American musical sensation, Bruce Springsteen’s daughter, Jessica Springsteen, has been making waves in the equestrian arena since she was just a teen. As a youngster, she was a national equitation champion who rose to fame after excelling in the junior hunter, jumper, and pony divisions. From winning a series of accolades in her teenage years to clinching the silver medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 31-year-old has covered it all. Nonetheless, she credits the major chunk of her successful career to the close-knit relationship she shared with horses as a kid.

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As a child, Springsteen had ponies at her family’s Stone Hill Farm in New Jersey. Living in proximity to the horses piqued her interest in equitation. However, she didn’t only learn the art of horsemanship but she also procured some important life lessons from the ponies at her farm. 

Jessica Springsteen once learned a valuable counsel from her relationship with horses


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In 2018, Jessica Springsteen appeared in an interview with CBS Local Sports, where she profoundly chatted about various ins and outs of her equestrian career. While talking about her childhood love for ponies, the 31-year-old stated, “especially with the horses at a young age kind of really taught me like a lot of responsibility, dedication”.

More so, the proximity to the horses helped Springsteen to add efficacy to her vocation as an equestrian. “I would go ride every day after school. I never wanted to skip a lesson. If I ever had to for any reason I’d be so upset so it’s just always really focused on it”, added the equestrian. 


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Besides learning about responsibilities, she grasped a major understanding of planning and ensuring things are happening at the right time. “Timing is everything. You kind of have to be you know with the right horse at the right time. Your horse has to be peeking at that moment, so you really sort of have to kind of plan backward”. Not just that, Springsteen also revealed, how her horse riding hobby paved the way for her professional equestrian career.


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Jessica Springsteen’s equitation hobby sparked her interest in pursuing horse riding as a career

Detailing the transition of her horse riding hobby to a professional equestrian career, she asserted, “I decided I wanted to go to school to kind of see if there’s anything else that I was interested in. So, that was like think kind of the hardest part because once you’re over 18 you start competing against people of all ages and I think that was a really hard transition for me because you’re kind of used to being really good and kind of winning all the competitions you know with everyone your age and then becoming a professional was a big step while also trying to balance college”. 


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Following this, she went on to win the million-dollar Grand Prix, and American Gold Cup in 2014. Her biggest success came in 2020 when she stood in second place at a show jumping event in Tokyo Olympics. Clearly, a close bond with horses not just taught Springsteen to learn responsibilities as a kid, but also paved a way for her vocation as an equestrian.

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Purva Jain


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Purva Jain is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Mody University of Science and Technology. Purva is an avid reader and author of 3 books that are published in national and international marketplaces.
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