American equestrian rider Jessica Rae Springsteen, daughter of Bruce Springsteen, may have finally discovered a stage bigger than any her father has performed on.
Team USA has announced that the 29-year-old and her 12-year-old stallion, Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, will be one of four rider-horse pairings heading to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Springsteen will debut alongside Olympic veteran riders Kent Farrington (with Gazelle), Laura Kraut (with Baloutinue) and McLain Ward (with Contagious) who together boast of competing at seven Olympic Games between them.
“The Boss’s” daughter began riding at the tender age of four at the family’s farm in New Jersey. Now ranked number three in the U.S. Show Jumping list, Springsteen has come a long way since those early days on Colts Neck farm.
Her parents remain her biggest fans.
"They make it to the shows as often as they can," she told People magazine last year. "When they are not here, they are watching online. I love having them with me."
Springsteen was named as an alternate rider for London 2012 while in 2016, an ongoing injury to her horse’s leg took her out of the running for Rio.
The limelight will not just be on Springsteen simply because of her father. The U.S. has won medals in team jumping at six of the last nine Olympic Games. The last medal to make its way to the trophy cabinet was a silver at Rio 2016.
Although Springsteen may not be the only equestrian daughter of a famous father (see Jessica Gates, daughter of Bill Gates and Eve Jobs, daughter of Steve Jobs), she is perhaps the sole Olympic rider ‘Born in the U.S.A’ and born to ride.