WELLINGTON, Fla--Jessica Springsteen was named the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award winner on Saturday, Feb. 23, during CSI5* week, the seventh week of competition at the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival.
"It's really exciting to be named Leading Lady!” said Springsteen, who competed two different horses during Week 7, one in the Thursday qualifier and another in the “Saturday Night Lights” grand prix. “My horses jumped great all week, and winning this award is a great finish to a lovely weekend."
Springsteen, 27, rode Volage du Val Henry to sixth place in the $134,000 CSI5* Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 qualifier earlier in the week, and she again earned a top-10 placing in the $391,000 CSI5* Grand Prix, this time riding RMF Zecilie.
In recognition of her Leading Lady title, Springsteen was presented with a bottle of champagne, bouquet of flowers, and gift certificate for a shopping spree at Hunt, Ltd.
Throughout WEF, the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award is presented weekly to the high-score female rider based on performances in the weekly WEF Challenge Cup Series and grand prix events.
The Martha Jolicoeur Overall Leading Lady Rider Award will be presented to the female rider who accumulates the most points throughout the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival, now in its second half of the season.
So far this year, Erynn Ballard, Laura Chapot, Margie Engle, Tiffany Foster, Lauren Hough, and Beezie Madden have earned the weekly honor and have set their sights on claiming the overall title.