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Jessica Springsteen: America’s Rising Equestrian Star

The 29-year-old has become one of the world’s top riders at a remarkably young age in a sport that skews older.

8/4/2021 7:30:00 AM

Jessica Springsteen , the daughter of a New Jersey musician you may have heard of, has quickly risen to become one of the top equestrian jumpers at the Olympics. She spoke to WSJSports about her career and the Belgian Warmblood stallion she calls Don.

The 29-year-old has become one of the world’s top riders at a remarkably young age in a sport that skews older.

Aug. 3, 2021 6:00 am ETTOKYO—Jessica Springsteen remembers attending a show-jumping event growing up in New Jersey, when she dreamed of reaching the sport’s highest level but also understood how long it might be even if she did. “It’s going to take me forever to get there,” she thought then.

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“It just seemed so, so far away,” she says.If anything, the goal was even further away than the young rider imagined. And yet Springsteen, who is in Tokyo as an Olympic show jumper, has reached it far earlier than most.Springsteen, 29 years old and the No. 14-ranked jumper in the world, isn’t just the youngest member of the American contingent. She’s far younger than most of her peers. The average age of the other top-15 riders in the world: 39.

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