Proud dad Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa watched their daughter compete in Britain's richest show jumping event, the Global Champions tour, in London on Thursday. Bruce, 63, watched from a VIP table as Jessica, 21, performed at the international show jumping tournament.
Jessica donned her equestrian whites at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as one of the showjumpers competing for the top prize in the first professional sporting event in the park since the Paralympics.The only daughter of one of rock and roll's most legendary performers was up against billionaire heiress Athina Onassis de Miranda, the granddaughter of Greek shipping heir Aristotle Onassis, along with British Olympic winners Nick Skelton and Scott Brash in the competition. The pretty brunette, who looked relaxed as she strolled around the competitive field wearing her long hair loose and a grey sweater over her whites, was cheered on by her mum – a member of Bruce's E Street Band – and star dad when she rode her horse. Her accompanying equestrian was Vindicat W – bought for her by her dad after last year's Olympic games. The 10-year-old chestnut-coloured horse, affectionately known as Vinnie, had already struck gold with British rider Peter Charles in the 2012 Olympic games, which was Britain's first team showjumping gold medal since 1952.
Jessica, who has been riding since she was 15, inherited her passion for horses from her mother, Patti, 59, who raised her at the family's Stone Hill Farm in Colts Neck, New Jersey. Currently on a break from her studies in psychology at Duke University, Jessica may be around to watch Bruce on stage at the Isle Of Wight festival, Glastonbury or Hard Rock Calling, where he will perform to thousands of fans this month.