PHOTOS BY George Kamper
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The world shifted in a heartbeat. And then it stopped—literally. Citizens around the globe had to swiftly adapt to the new norms that best served their communities in a universal effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
To view this from an athlete’s perspective, and more specifically, an equestrian’s, an entire season of competitions—large and small, at home and abroad—were postponed or canceled entirely. The summer 2020 Tokyo Olympics will hopefully be hosted a full year later in 2021.
Focusing on a tighter frame, we learn how one equestrian, Jessica Springsteen, is tapping into her years of experience and unflappable resilience as she navigates this untested terrain.
The 28-year-old world-class champion show jumper is the daughter and middle child of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa. She grew up surrounded by animals at her family’s Coltsneck, New Jersey, farm, and began riding when she was 5 years old. She rode every day after school, rarely missed a lesson, and acknowledged that equestrian sport taught her about responsibility. Jessica had found her passion at an early age.