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Full name Jessica Rae Springsteen
Nationality United States
Discipline Show jumping
Born December 30, 1991
Jessica Rae Springsteen (born December 30, 1991) is an American show jumping champion rider who has represented the United States in the Show Jumping World Cup and the 2012 FEI Nations Cup.
Jessica is the second child and only daughter of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa. She has one older brother, Evan James Springsteen (born July 25, 1990) and one younger brother, Samuel Ryan Springsteen (born January 5, 1994). When Jessica and her brothers reached school-going age in the early 1990s, Springsteen and Scialfa moved from Los Angeles to New Jersey specifically to raise a family in a non-paparazzi environment. When Jessica was a child, the Springsteen family owned and lived on a horse farm in Colts Neck, New Jersey. They also owned homes in Wellington, Florida, an equestrian community near West Palm Beach, Los Angeles and Rumson, New Jersey.
She attended the Ranney School in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. She was awarded an undergraduate degree from Duke University on May 11, 2014.
Springsteen has been riding since she was four years old, with horses kept on the Springsteen family’s 300-acre Stone Hill Farm in Colts Neck, NJ. Jessica got her first pony when she was six years old. As a youth equitation rider, she first won classes in the pony division, including the Washington International Pony Equitation Classic Final, and as a teen won the 2008 ASPCA Maclay National Championship in a ride-off where her particularly bold riding stood out. She also won the 2009 George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship.
“After you have been to so many shows year after year, you realize how difficult it is and what an achievement it is. You also realize how good the other riders are and how much work has gone into it. You see a culmination of 13 years of riding come down to 1 minute and 30 seconds. That is a tough lesson in life. Musicians always get to sing it again; riders get one shot.”
—Bruce Springsteen, on his daughter's Maclay win
As an adult competitor, in 2011 she competed in the Royal Windsor Horse Show competing on her horse Vordnado Van Den Hoendrik. In September 2012 Peter Charles, who had represented Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Equestrian events, sold his team gold medal winning horse, Vindicat W, to Springsteen. Springsteen herself was an alternate rider for the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She formerly trained with Frank and Stacia Klein Madden and then trained with Laura Kraut from 2010 to 2015. Since May 2015 she trains with Edwina Tops-Alexander.