(CNN)Jessica Springsteen, daughter of iconic rocker Bruce Springsteen, is considered one of the leading US equestrian riders on the circuit.
As a member of the Miami Celtics, the 27-year-old travels the world participating in the sport’s showpiece Longines Global Champions Tour (GCT) and Global Champions League.She acted as manager for her team at the recent stop on Miami Beach in Florida and told CNN Sport some of the secrets behind her success. READ: Jessica Springsteen on her love for equestrianism Read More’Give and take’Despite a childhood dominated by the musical ability of her parents, Springsteen only had eyes for horses. It’s a passion which has continued to grow throughout her life and she credits her affinity with horses for her sporting success. “I think the chemistry between you and your horse can vary from ride to ride,” she told Aly Vance for CNN’s EQ equestrian show in Miami.”Some horses you get on immediately with and you pick right away and others it can take a little bit longer and be a bit of a struggle. “But I think you have to be patient and it has to be a mutual give and take between the horse.” JUST WATCHEDJessica Springsteen on her LGCT/GCL careerReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Jessica Springsteen on her LGCT/GCL career 02:15 ‘Special bond’Finding your “top horse” may well be difficult but it’s the vital ingredient for any rider competing at the highest level. “I think you feel comfortable and you feel like every time you get in the ring you can have a good result,” said Springsteen, speaking about the feeling of riding her favorite horses. “It’s amazing, a special bond.” Having ridden many top jumpers throughout her career, the American has a special place in her heart for one particular horse — Davendy.Still living at her house, the mare formed a formidable relationship with Springsteen in her early years. “We kind of clicked immediately. I think we won at our first show together and she was such a trier and so competitive and careful,” she said. “Every time I went in the ring I knew I could really go for it and she would give her all. She was so much fun. I miss her.”READ: How to build a stadium on the sand in MiamiREAD: Global Champions 2019 — Schedule and results Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLMadrid – Martin Fuchs rode Chaplin to victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, as well as partnering Ben Maher to win the Global Champions League title for the London Knights.Hide Caption 1 of 13 Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLMadrid – Maikel van der Vleuten on Dana Blue finished a narrow second behind Fuchs in the Spanish capital.Hide Caption 2 of 13 Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLShanghai – Danielle Goldstein rode Lizziemary to the Longines Global Champions Tour title in Shanghai in early May.Hide Caption 3 of 13 Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLShanghai – Israel’s Goldstein beat Irishman Darragh Kenny on Balou du Reventon by just 0.08 seconds in the jump-off.Hide Caption 4 of 13 Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLMiami Beach – The spectacular waterside setting provided a picture-perfect backdrop for the Miami Beach event. Pictured: Georgina Bloomberg riding Chameur 137.Hide Caption 5 of 13 Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLMiami Beach – Belgium’s Pieter Devos and his 11-year-old Claire Z triumphed in an eight-rider jump-off for his first GCT win since 2014. Hide Caption 6 of 13 Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLMiami Beach – Devos beat Harrie Smolders and Don VHP Z by 0.04 seconds in a nail-biting finish.Hide Caption 7 of 13 Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLMexico City – Jerome Guery and Quel Homme de Hus celebrated their first LGCT victory in Mexico.Hide Caption 8 of 13 Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLMexico City – Guery’s stallion was given to him by his best friend two months before the event but they gelled to win a 12-horse jump-off.Hide Caption 9 of 13 Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLMexico City – The Campo Marte venue, at more than 2,000 feet above sea level, hosted the equestrian events at the 1968 Olympic Games.Hide Caption 10 of 13 Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLDoha, Qatar – France’s Julien Epaillard and Usual Suspect d’Auge raced to victory in the jump-off in the season opener in Doha.Hide Caption 11 of 13 Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLDoha, Qatar – The event was held at the state-of-the-art Al Shaqab Equestrian Facility in Doha.Hide Caption 12 of 13 Photos: Global Champions Tour and GCLDoha, Qatar – Britain’s Ben Maher came into the 2019 season as overall LGCT defending champion.Hide Caption 13 of 13Top tips During the 2018 season, Springsteen managed five podium places, including a win at the Rome event. As well as finding the right horse, her success last year is all to do with timing and choosing the right events to “peak at”.Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videosNow sitting at the pinnacle of her sport, Springsteen is keen to help the new generation of riders find their feet in the industry. “My tip for upcoming riders would be just to stay patient and to stay focused. Don’t get to set back by the lows. Just keep at it,” she said. Watch the video at the top of the page to watch Jessica Springsteen reveal the secrets of her success.