Bruce Springsteen's daughter Jessica has grown up to be gorgeous

Few people are more famous and well respected than iconic American musician Bruce Springsteen, also known as The Boss. The Jersey-born legend, who married E-Street Band member Patti Sciafla in the early 1990s, has been a voice of America for decades — and his career is still going strong. You'd hardly believe how old he and his wife are looking at this Instagram post!

While Springsteen and Sciafla have been rocking and rolling over the years, their daughter, Jessica, has been growing into a beautiful young woman. She's been making headlines for quite some time now, mostly due to her seriously amazing equestrian skills. 

So what was life like growing up as the daughter of rock and roll royalty? How did her childhood affect her adult interests and talents? And what is Jessica planning for her future? Here's everything we know about Jessica Springsteen, who's clearly grown up to be gorgeous.

Growing up in "horses' heaven"

Springsteen's formative years were spent on Stone Hill Farm, her family's 300-acre estate that she refers to as "horses' heaven." But horses aren't the only animal that you'll find on the family farm, according to CNN. "We have some goats, some chickens, and we used to have pigs," she shared in an interview. And that's not all! "There used to be two ostriches as well, but they were a little bit violent, so we had to give them away." Violent ostriches? Really?

Fortunately, other farm residents sound like they were a bit more laid-back. "When we were little, we used to play with the goats all the time. We each had our own little goat and we'd go and run around with them," she continued. Who doesn't want to play with baby goats? Springsteen also added that back in the day, they had a lot more animals around than they do as of late. That sounds like a wonderfully idyllic childhood.

Born to ride

Springsteen may have enjoyed chasing goats around as a kid, but it was another animal that truly captured her heart: horses. That she might have inherited, in part, from her mother. "My mum had always wanted to ride so we moved to a farm in New Jersey," she revealed in an interview with CNN. "She started taking lessons and then I also wanted to start." After that, she never wanted to miss a lesson — she was hooked.

It also helped that the farm was super close to Beacon Hill Show Stables, a training center that Springsteen calls, "one of the best for junior riders in the country," according to CNN. That meant she was getting top-notch equestrian training right out of the gate. After that, her next steps organically fell into place. "I kind of naturally began competing, and I never stopped," she told HorsalotSounds like the equestrian life was simply her destiny.

Her childhood heroes

There was no shortage of world-class horseback riders for Springsteen to observe and emulate while she was growing up. To this day she recalls how they had a real impact on her. "Growing up watching, you know, Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden, McLain Ward — you know, it seemed so far away, like what they were doing," she recalled in an interview with Horsealot. "So it's cool now to be competing in the same classes as them since I grew up watching them." That has to be both exciting and surreal at the same time.

Now that Springsteen is in the big leagues herself, she's surrounded by major talent at every competition she attends. "At these shows there are so many incredible riders," she continued, several of whom she's trained with. But Springsteen has nothing but the utmost respect for the riders she competes with, which shows that she displays an impressive level of sportsmanship. 

Cool enough for school

Some people have difficulty balancing school and being a professional athlete, both of which take up a lot of time! Fortunately for Springsteen, though, she was able not only to graduate from high school, but also earn her college degree. In fact, she turned pro while pursuing her studies, which couldn't have been easy. "Becoming a professional was a big step, while also trying to balance college," she noted in an interview with CBS. "I was also happy I was able to do both." Impressive, to say the least!

Although Springsteen went to Duke University, that wasn't the only school she considered. For example, she thought about going to Brown University, an Ivy League school with an equestrian team, according to Team USA. But Springsteen chose Duke in the end, and finished her studies in 2014. Of course, The Boss himself was in the audience on commencement day to see her walk across the stage, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Gorgeous enough for Gucci

Springsteen's bomb riding skills, along with her model good looks, helped her land a pretty sweet deal: in 2014, she was named one of Gucci's riding advisors. That brought with it the honor of having a collection designed and dedicated to her by Frida Giannini, formerly Gucci's creative director. Of Springsteen, Giannini said, "Jessica brings the elegant, dynamic spirit of Gucci alive, and I have ensured that the design of this new wardrobe provides her with pieces that manage to be both technically correct and stylish," according to Vogue magazine. Talk about a serious compliment!

Springsteen felt the love, and gave it right back to the fashion house, too. "Riding in the collection that Frida has created for me is an honor and great fun — it combines the best of sport and style," she revealed to Vogue. Gucci isn't the only designer who took notice of Springsteen either. In fact, she's been repping Polo Ralph Lauren since 2016, too, according to Vogue. Sounds like Springsteen is in high demand!

Of course, her boyfriend loves horses

Love is in the air for Springsteen, who's been dating the handsome and athletic Nic Roldan for several years as of 2018. From the looks of it — and from the adorable photos on her Instagram — the pair is a perfect match. That's partly because they're both serious athletes in the world of equestrian sports. "He plays polo so I think it's great, because from the outside, it's hard to understand how much work goes into it," she mused in an interview with Hola! TV. "And so it's nice to have someone that does the same thing, and we can really understand each other." Sounds like both of them have really met their match!

The couple also support one another when they compete, as he watches her jump, and she watches his polo matches — when they're on the same continent, that is. Travelling for sports can make relationships challenging! Still, perhaps we'll hear wedding bells ringing in the future?

Olympic aspirations

She's got the talent, she's got the work ethic, and she's got the determination — so maybe 2020 will finally be the year Springsteen qualifies to ride in the biggest competition of them all: "I would love to go the Olympics some day," she told Team USA. That doesn't mean she thinks it's easy, though. "I'm ready to take as much time as it needs," she continued. "I know it's going to be a lot of work, putting a lot of time into it, but I'm not trying to rush anything."

Springsteen tried to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but an injury to her horse threw a monkey wrench into that plan, according to NBC Sports. And at the time, it was just too soon for her to speculate about what the 2020 games might bring. "It's so hard in this sport because everything goes into timing," she told the network. "You have to have the right horse at the right time, and you have to be performing really well." We're hoping to see you in Tokyo in 2020, Jessica!

Make sure she's fed and watered!

Riding horses involves a lot more than just sitting while your ride trots from point A to point B. It's an Olympic sport, after all, and it takes training and discipline to truly become a master of the sport, as Springsteen is. "When it's done well at the top level, it looks so easy and effortless," she revealed to ESPN. "But it's not. There is so much physicality to it." 

So Springsteen has devised a specific training regimen to keep her in tip-top shape that includes cardio, Pilates, core training, weight-lifting, and stretching. "Since there aren't really any trainers with equestrian experience, I devised it myself," she continued. And she made it as "horse-specific as possible." Sounds intense! Springsteen is also keenly aware of what she puts into her body. "I make sure I eat healthy," she added. Plus, she drinks plenty of water — even if she has to force herself to do it, sometimes!

A ride "for our lives"

Springsteen spends a lot of time on the road for competitions in a variety of different locations, including Europe. When she's stateside, though, homebase is in Wellington, FL — just a few miles north of Parkland, FL, where 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018.

The equestrian community of Wellington didn't sit idly by when the tragedy occurred, according to the Sun Sentinel. "We encourage the equestrian community to take a stand to show that we need to do something about gun violence in schools in the United States," said Olympian Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, a fellow regular in Wellington. "We ride together today as a testament that it's time to take action." 

Springsteen was one of the high-profile riders to join Michaels-Beerbaum in the Ride For Our Lives, inspired by the March For Our Lives against gun violence in Washington DC. The event took place during the $500,000 Rolex Grand Prix at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Other notable participants included Eve Jobs and Jennifer Gates, according to Town & Country magazine.

Using her celeb power for good

Even though Springsteen is famous on her own accord for her riding, being from a famous family meant she was always getting attention. When she would compete, there were always people who were scouring the crowd, hoping to catch a glimpse of mom and dad, too — but that doesn't faze her anymore. "Everyone is so used to it now because I've been doing this sport for so long," she shared with Team USA

Fortunately, Springsteen has a healthy perspective on the whole thing. "You just want to make sure you look out for who you are as an individual instead of who your parents are," she continued. Girl has her head on straight!

Former trainer Laura Kraut also observed Springsteen in action with fans. "When she was younger, she was a little shielded from it. Now that she's getting older, people are wanting to cling to her and have something to do with her," she revealed to CNN. "She handles it all so gracefully whenever I'm with her and she's mobbed by people."

"I want to start being more independent"

Springsteen sure has a lot going on with the 2020 Olympics on the horizon, but she has other goals for her future as well. In an interview with the Wellington Equestrian Classified, she talked about the role that her parents have played in her training. "I'm incredibly lucky to have had them supporting my career for so many years," she said. "They love coming to watch me ride and it has become just as big a passion for them as it is for me, but I want to start being more independent." Look out, world!

And while Europe has helped shape the rider she's become, Springsteen is charting her future course in a different direction. "I really want to start refocusing on being able to ride for my country again and having more of an American presence," she continued. "It's helpful, to that end, to be showing in the States a little bit more." Looks like she'll be repping Team USA for the foreseeable future!