I am actually *thrilled* with this news.
First of all, I am a huge, huge Springsteen fan, AND a fan of Patty Scalfia (Mrs. Springsteen and Jessica's mother) a wonderful musician and voice in her own right. She's the haunting female vocal in the background of Bruce's recordings, and has released some terrific stuff of her own (not as hugely popular as Bruce's, but hey, what is? They are both from working class backgrounds and have stayed true to their roots - unpretentious, decent people, and you've never heard stories of Kardashian-like excesses.
I have not heard a single, and I mean a single, piece of negative horse industry gossip about them, and this is an industry that likes to gossip that Mahatma Gandhi jacked up his commission on a sale horse.
Second, Jessica is the real deal as a rider and horsewoman. When she was a junior and doing hunters and big eq, I kinda shrugged. Lots of celebrity kids have done so reasonably well, Clea Newman and Destry Spielberg coming immediately to mind, but without the talent that takes you to Grand Prix jumpers, let alone the Olympic short list.
I saw a video of Jessica riding a Grand Prix in Europe shortly after she aged out of Eq and I was truly *impressed.* That's not an easy transition to make (Hunters and eq to Grand Prix) and if you make it that quickly, you've got some innate talent, you've done your homework, worked your butt off and ridden a lot of horses. You haven't been a hunter princess who's trainer schools her horse for her and then gets on and sits pretty right before the class.
Sooo....a talented young rider with a work ethic, whose parents just happen to be enormously wealthy and supportive in every way
of her riding, buy her an experienced Olympic mount.
Wow! I can't wait. Rio 2016, here we come!
And if anybody whines that she has unfair advantage because of her parent's wealth, I would like to suggest that she offer that person an opportunity to ride her new horse over an Olympic course, and see if an expensive horse magically makes *them* Olympic caliber riders.