Tuesday 27 September 2016

Dad's the Boss but daughter Jessica has really earned her spurs

Published 26/05/2016 | 02:30

Team USA rider Jessica Springsteen pictured before the start of the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS in 2014. Photo: Frank Mc Grath.
Team USA rider Jessica Springsteen pictured before the start of the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS in 2014. Photo: Frank Mc Grath.
Jessica Springsteen competing for Team USA at the Dublin Horse Show. Photo: Steve Humphreys.

Bruce isn't the only leading light in the Springsteen family. Daughter Jessica Rae Springsteen (24) is a champion showjumper and has represented the United States in the Show Jumping World Cup and the 2012 FEI Nations Cup.

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Jessica is the only daughter of Bruce and Patti Scialfa. She has two brothers - Evan (25) and Samuel (22).

Growing up, she excelled in junior hunter, jumper and pony divisions. In 2010, she moved up to Grand Prix showjumping classes.

Jessica represented the US in the Aga Khan Cup in the Dublin Horse Show in 2014 in front of tens of thousands of spectators.

Her love for horses came at an early age.

In the early 90s, Springsteen and Patti opted to move their young family from LA to a horse farm in New Jersey where they could live in relative obscurity.

This led to Jessica being introduced to riding at the age of four. She was gifted her first pony when she was six.

Two years ago, her proud parents watched as Jessica rode to victory with her horse Davendy S in the Anglesea Stakes before competing in the Aga Khan cup.

That same year, she graduated from Duke University in North Carolina and is now a full time competitor on the global circuit.

Irish Independent

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