Equestrianism has been a part of the Olympic Games for over 120 years. While first appearing in the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France the sport did not return to the Olympics until 12 years later in the year 1912. This return to the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 marks the official debut of the Olympic Equestrian medals. Since 1912, Equestrian has been a valued part of the Olympic Games and shows the harmonious relationship between man and horse.
Yesterday, the USA three-person equestrian jumping team won the Silver Medal after battling it out in a jump off against Sweden. Amongst the three riders were Laura Kraut, McLain Ward and Jessica Springsteen. Both the USA and Sweden played hard to the end with the final results coming down to a jump off at a rearranged course. On the side of the USA it was McLain Ward and Contagious who made the best time coming in at 39.92 seconds.
The Swedes dominated the sport from the beginning of this years Olympic Games being the only team to glide through with no penalties. Sweden’s Peder Fredricson, Malin Baryard-Johnsson and Henrik von Eckermann made an epic jump off against the American team.
Most of the attention during the days event was directed towards Jessica Springsteen. Making her Olympic debut, Jessica Springsteen is the daughter of famed rock and roll icon Bruce Springsteen and American singer-songwriter Patti Scalfia. 29 year old Jessica Springsteen became inspired to ride after seeing her mother take lessons.