Jessica Springsteen will make her Olympic début after being selected in the US equestrian jumping squad for Tokyo.
Springsteen is the daughter of Bruce Scialfa and Patti Scialfa. She was also a rock star and singer-songwriter. Springsteen was selected to ride alongside Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut, McLain Ward, and McLain Ward.
Ward has won three Olympic gold medals, including silvers in Rio and Athens. Ward will make his fifth Olympic appearance at Tokyo Games on July 23.
Farrington hopes to add silver to his Rio gold, while Kraut won gold in Beijing.
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Springsteen is ranked 27th worldwide and will be riding Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion, in Tokyo.
Springsteen, 29, said that chemistry between horse and rider can differ from ride to ride. This was according to in 2019.
“Some horses are easy to get on with and click immediately, while others can take some time and may be difficult.
“But you need to be patient, and it must be a mutual giving and taking between the horse and you.”
She said, “Managing your horse’s schedule and creating a plan in advance is key to getting the best from them.” You can choose shows you believe they will peak at.
August 6th and August 7th will see the Tokyo Olympics jumping team final and qualifying events.