Jessica Springsteen, daughter of the rock star legend Bruce Springsteen, has officially qualified for the Tokyo Olympics as a US Equestrian jumping team member. Springsteen, who's also the daughter of singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa, will join gold medalists McLain Ward, Kent Farrington, and first-time gold medalist Laura Kraut.
Writing on Instagram, the youngest Springsteen stated she had been dreaming of this moment for years. She noted, "Endless gratitude for my team, friends and family for helping me make this a reality. We are Tokyo bound!!"
Springsteen is ranked 27th in the world by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, also known as FEI, and will be riding a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood Stallion, named Don Juan van de Donkhoeve. Shouting him out on social media for his hard work, she stated, "there's no horse in the world I'd rather be on this journey with, thank you Don. You're my horse of a lifetime."
She earned her Team USA spot at the Olympics in a competition in June in France. The 29-year-old has been jumping for years now and was an alternate rider of the United States at the 2020 games, and had previously represented the United States at FEI Nations Cups.
Although this will be Springsteen's debut with the Olympic Equestrian team, her other teammates have experience at an international level and at the Olympics. Ward is currently ranked 9th in the world and has won gold at the 2014 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kraut is currently ranked 28th and won a gold medal in Beijing, and Farrington is top-ranked American at number 5 in the world and is making his second Olympic appearance.
The team is currently led by Chief D'equipe Robert Ridland and Lizzy Chesson. Jumping events are officially scheduled for August 2nd to the 7th in Tokyo.