Bruce Springsteen's daughter, a London Olympics alternate, purchases gold-winning gelding
Jessica Springsteen, the daughter of Bruce Springsteen, has her sights on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero after being an alternate for the Games in London.
The heiress to "The Boss" has purchased Vindicat W. from Great Britain's Peter Charles, who won gold with the 10-year-old gelding in London and said he sold the horse to Springsteen to make room for a younger horse, according to a report Thursday morning from Reid Cherner of USA Today Sports:
"The decision to move him on has not come lightly. [H]e produced an outstanding performance to secure Team Gold for Britain for the first time in 60 years, and I will never forget how that felt and how unbelievably proud he made me and my team feel."
Springsteen will use the horse to train for showjumping in the 2016 Olympics. She was considered an alternate for the U.S. equestrian team that went to London, but she did get the opportunity to represent her country at the Young Rider Tour of Europe this past summer.
Charles said via his Facebook page that he's confident Vindicat will be just as rewarding for Springsteen as the horse was for him when he won gold:
In order to invest in a new string of young horses in preparation for Rio, we have had to make the decision to allow him to move to another rider. He will now be ridden by his new owner Jessica Springsteen for the USA. I wish Jessica the best of luck with him and I am sure he will make her proud, too.