Jessica Springsteen, daughter of American rock singer Bruce Springsteen, is allowed to join the US equestrian team at the Olympics (July 23 – August 8) in Tokyo for the first time. This was confirmed by the American Equestrian Federation. She travels to Japan with a Belgian horse.
Martin VanhoveSource: Arnott Coopers
29-year-old Jessica Springsteen will compete in Tokyo with Don Juan van de Donquev, a 12-year-old Belgian sports horse.
Within the American team, another rider with a Belgian horse was selected: Kent Farrington with the Belgian Gazelle. There are still many countries that rely on a Belgian horse.
An overview of all the Belgian horses in the Olympic Games:
Edwina Tops-Alexander – Identity Vitseroel (bred by Michel Vanderhasselt)
Niels Bruynseels – Delux van T&L (Breeded by T&L NV)
Eve Vanderhasselt – Jeunesse (bred by De Manekam CVBA) – Reserve
Christian Kocock – Mumbai (bred by Kurt de Clerc)
Daniel Deusser – Killer Queen VDM (Breeded by Dirk Ann Brugman-Carpenter)
Simon Delestre – Berlux Z (Breeded by Laveco NV)
Shane Sweetnam – Karlin van ‘t Vennehof (bred by Jos Voeten) – Reserve
Eugenio Garza Perez – Armani SL Z (Breeded by Thierry Hendricks)
Manuel Gonzalez Dufrasne – Hydrangea van de Leeuwerk (bred by Ronald Jossen)
Eduardo Alvarez Aznar – Legend (bred by Jonas Boone)
Scott Brach – Hi Jefferson (born in Jerenmias van het Hulstenhof, bred by Bernard Mulls)
Harry Charles – Romeo 88 (born as Picobello Z Champion, bred by Picobello Horses)
United States of America
Jessica Springsteen – Don Juan van de Donkhove (bred by Gustave Quintelere)
Kent Farrington – Gazelle (bred by Werner Hyunnix-Van Horneke)
Malin Baryard Johnson – Indiana (bred by W. Vanderlinden-Van Turtelbaum-Royce)
Henrik von Eckermann – King Edward (bred by Wim Empins)