Jessica Springsteen jumping for a spot on Paris Olympics U.S. Equestrian team

In the words of Ringo Starr, it don't come easy.

The NetJets U.S. Jumping Team, which includes Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck, finished 10th on June 22 in the FEI Longines League of Nations equestrian competition in Rotterdam, Germany. The event is one of a handful of European competitions before the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, set for July 26 through Aug. 11.

“Endlessly grateful for my horses and team for making it possible to compete at places like this,” said Springsteen Tuesday, June 25, on social media. Springsteen, the daughter of rockers Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, rode Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, a 2009 Belgian Warmblood, in Rotterdam. Don Juan is cared for by Josie Elliaison.

They “were precise and careful in their round, producing a second consecutive clear round for the team,” said U.S. Equestrian in a statement.

Silver medalist Jessica Springsteen of Team United States celebrates following the Jumping Team Final at Equestrian Park on Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo. Jessica is the daughter of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Sciafa
Silver medalist Jessica Springsteen of Team United States celebrates following the Jumping Team Final at Equestrian Park on Aug. 7, 2021, in Tokyo. Jessica is the daughter of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Sciafa

France finished first, Sweden second and Great Britain third.

Springsteen is on the U.S. Jumping Team Olympic Short List. The other members are Karl Cook, Rancho Santa Fe, California; Natalie Dean, Palo Alto, California; Katie Dinan, Wellington, Florida; Kent Farrington, Wellington, Florida; Lillie Keenan, New York City; Laura Kraut, Royal Palm Beach, Florida; Callie Schott, Wellington, Florida.; Aaron Vale, Williston, Florida; and McLain Ward, Brewster, New York.

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Springsteen, 32, won a silver medal in Team Jumping at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. It was held in 2021 due to the pandemic.

“Jessica Springsteen is a lifelong equestrian who started taking riding lessons at age 5 and has risen through the competitive international ranks to become an Olympian and one of the top jumping athletes for the U.S.,” states Springsteen's U.S. Equestrian bio.

Dad and the E Street Band are currently touring Europe as well. Their next show is Thursday, June 27, in the Netherlands.

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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at cjordan@app.com.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Jessica Springsteen vying for U.S. Equestrian Olympics team

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