Jessica Springsteen didn’t need a leg up from her famously musical parents Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa to make a mark for herself far beyond the world of celebrity offspring.
Instead, she turned her lifelong love of riding into success as one of the top female show jumpers under 30, with a goal to compete for a spot on the U.S. Equestrian team at a future Olympics, she says in the new issue of V Magazine.
In a fashion spread photographed by Bruce Weber, the daughter of rock royalty – named an equestrian ambassador for Gucci – tells the magazine, “One of my friends in high school used to say, ‘Oh, it would be so much more fun if you were a huge brat!’ But I’m pretty boring. As for singing, my parents say I have a good voice, but then again, they have to say that.”
The Duke University graduate, 23, credits her mom for inspiring her nonmusical passion. The family – including two brothers, one younger and one older – relocated from California to her father’s native New Jersey when she was 4. There, her mother herself began riding lessons at a nearby barn.
“Of course the minute I saw her doing it I wanted to do it, too,” Jessica tells the magazine. “The barn right across the street from our house ended up being one of the top junior training barns. It was kind of lucky how that happened. I ended up training there until I was about 18.”
In her few years on the professional circuit as a show jumper, Jessica has consistently ranked among the top 50 in the world, with a first place at the Winter Equestrian Festival this year and a sixth place in the Global Champions Tour grand prix. And the Gucci ambassador honor is one she shares with Monaco royal Charlotte Casiraghi and Edwina Alexander, one of the world’s best female jumpers.
“It’s exciting for me to help more people learn about the sport,” she says in the issue of V Magazine on newsstands July 9.
Thankful for the discipline and commitment she’s learned from her sport no matter where it leads, she adds, “And I think it gave me a lot of confidence by training really hard and having positive results. I mean, there’s no better feeling than seeing your hard work pay off.”