Jessica Springsteen started out her jumper career at the junior level. As the young rider has gained more experience under her belt, her talent on the jumping circuit has reached new heights in the last few years.
2009 saw Springsteen with several top placings throughout the year. She traveled to the 2009 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Riders Championships (NAJYRC) with Vornado van den Hoendrik where they won Team Gold and placed fourth overall Individually in the Young Rider Championship. Later that year, Springsteen once again was in the winner’s circle when she won the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Equitation Medal Final on Papillon 136.
In 2010, Springsteen finished both first and second in the G& C Farm Young Rider Grand Prix on Iscariote and Vornado van den Hoendrik, respectively, during the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.
Springsteen and Vornado van den Hoendrik made a splash in their first appearance at Spruce Meadows at the CSI5* ‘National’ Tournament, placing third in the $40,000 ATCO Midstream Cup. The pair then went back to the NAJYRC in Lexington, Ky., where they won the Individual Bronze medal in the Young Rider Championship. The pair also helped their team to a Bronze medal in the Young Rider Team Championship. In August, Springsteen picked up a top Grand Prix placing, finishing second in the $25,000 Stillwell-Hansen Grand Prix at the Monmouth County August I Show on Iscariote.
In 2011, Springsteen traveled to Europe for the 2011 European Young Rider and Junior Rider Tour. The young rider impressed in Europe, earning four second-place awards on Vornado van den Hoendrik and Cincinatti La Silla at the CSIOY Bonheiden in Belgium, with both horses garnering two seconds in addition to other top 10 placings at the competition.
Her success continued in France at the CSIOY Reims, with Vornado van den Hoendrik earning two second place finishes and Cincinatti La Silla bringing home one second and two third place finishes. Springsteen and her horses finally reached the top of the leaderboard at the CSIOY Imprecates in Austria when both horses won classes. Springsteen and Vornado van den Hoendrik helped the U.S. team take home top honors in the Young Riders Nations Cup, while Cincinatti La Silla won the European Youngster Cup U25 and placed second in the Young Rider Grand Prix.
Springsteen returned home in time for the Alltech National Horse Show winning the 2011 Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider award, in addition to placing third in the Alltech National Horse Show Grand Prix.
In 2012, Springsteen and Vornado van den Hoendrik kicked the year off with a fourth-place finish in the WEF Challenge Round during week nine of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. For the pair’s performance in the USEF Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team, they were named to the USEF Show Jumping Team Long List. At the Kentucky Horse Show, Springsteen and Vornado van den Hoendrik participated in the U.S. Show Jumping Observation Event classes and placed ninth in the Commonwealth Grand Prix CSI3*. They followed that performance up with a fifth-place finish in the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon.
Over the summer, Springsteen traveled to Europe where she finished with a second and two fifth place finishes in CSI4* classes CSI Geesteren, in The Netherlands before winning a CSIYH1* class in Chantilly, France. She continued her winning ways in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, taking home top honors in a CSI2* class with Wish. Going to the Global Champions Tour stop in Lausanne, Switzerland, Springsteen and Vornado van den Hoendrik earned second place in a CSI5* class. The pair followed this up with a win in a CSI5* class in Vienna, Austria.
Springsteen began 2013 by winning the Suncast 1.50M Jumper Classic with Vindicat W during week nine of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival. The pair scored another win in the Suncast 1.50M Jumper Classic during the final week of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival.
Going abroad, Springsteen finished in fifth place in a CSI5* class with Vindicat W on the Monte Carlo Longines Global Champions Tour stop. At the next GCT stop in Estoril, Portugal, she and Zero were fourth in a CSI5* class. In her last European competition of the year, Springsteen had another fifth-place finish with Lisona on the GCT stop in Chantilly, France.
During the 2014 FTI Winter Equestrian Festival Springsteen had several top performances. With Vindicat W, she had a second-place finish in the FEI World Cup during week nine. During the final week Springsteen and Vindicat W earned third-place finishes in the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI5* and the $50,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Round 12. She then spent the summer competing Europe, and at CSIO5* she won the Angleseas Stakes with Davendy S a day before jumping double clear on Vindicat W to help the U.S. to a win in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines. She then returned stateside for her fall campaign winning the American Gold Cup Grand Prix with Vindicat W before starting the indoor season.
Jumping indoors she enjoyed unprecendented success winning three classes at the Washington International Horse Show to garner the Leading Rider title.
Springsteen has started her 2015 season at the Winter Equestrian Festival, winning the Spy Coast Farm 1.45m Speed class on week seven.
She is a recent graduate of Duke Univeristy.