LANGLEY, Canada Ė Eve Jobs, the youngest daughter of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, said in an exclusive interview with EFE that she was passionate about equestrian competition because it was a refuge and gave her life balance.
The 20-year-old Jobs is the third and youngest child of Steve Jobs and Laurene Powell Jobs. Eve was just 12 when her father died from pancreatic cancer in October 2011.
In an interview with EFE in Langley, Canada, where Jobs is competing for the United States in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup Canada event, the Apple co-founderís daughter discusses how she chose this sport and her goals.
What got you into the sport of showjumping?
I fell in love with horses. First and foremost the reason why I do this sport is because I love my animals, I love my horses and I, from a very young age, was just infatuated by these animals and I just always wanted to be around them, I always wanted to work with them and I think that only develops more and more. And, of course, with the opportunities Iíve been given to compete at this level of the sport, I couldnít be happier and I couldnít be luckier, but first and foremost because I love the horses.
Werenít you ever afraid of falling?
I was never scared of the animals, like intimidated with that aspect of the sportÖ The first time I jumped to a bigger class or moved up or, you know, the time I got my first senior Nations Cup, my first championship, of course I was nervous and anxious. I wanted to do well, I wanted to represent my country well and, you know, I have a whole team that supports me, works so hard every dayÖ and do this at such a high level that I always want to do well and I always want to make them proud. I think just getting the mental aspect of the sport too when you move up, thatís probably my biggest challenge Ė but I donít really think about ďOh, what if I fallĒ or you know ďtheyíre big animals,Ē not really anymore.
What have the showjumping contests given you?
I mean, I think itís given me so many different things in different stages of my life. I think itís given me, you know, a place to go if Iím overwhelmed with school work or things that are going on in my life. I love my horses, just even taking them on a trail ride at home or just working with them is really calming. Itís a really centering sport which has always been something I look to and go for. And then, in my later teen years, it kind of gave me, you know, I had to start doing things on my own and I had to organize different things and I have to plan for different things and I learned a lot about independence, responsibility and accountability.
You have so many people relying on you, counting on you so hard so that you can do this, and of course I donít want to let them down. I think it gave me a lot of great experience and like performing under pressure, as well and not getting so upset if things donít go your way because thatís life and those are horses Ė theyíre predictable, they are animals that youíre working with and I think it gave me so many wonderful life lessons in those important years of my life. It gives me something every day.
How do you make showjumping competitions compatible with studying at Stanford, one of the most demanding universities in the United States?
Iím not going to lie to you and say I compete every weekend as much as did when I wasnít at Stanford or that Iím taking a very aggressive course load, because Iím not. I compete, I really shoot for the important competitions of the year, I aim my horses for those specific ones and we plan it all out. And then in my school life, I sit down with my professors, I talk to them and I let them know I do this, and these are the dates Iím going to be gone away, and I have a whole four-year plan.
I meticulously made this with every single class I need to take and when. You know, I think itís so important to me to be in both this sport and my academic life in school. Iím a huge advocate for if you really want to pursue an ambitious dream, like I am, I really think itís great to stay in school. Iím only 20 years old and I think I have so much to learn about the world. I think everything you learn has only helped me in the sport in ways I really didnít expect it to. It gives me somewhere to go if maybe something doesnít go well in the ring, I get to go back to school and hang out and talk to my friends about other things, and not just kind of sit and focus and like dwell on that. It has meant so much to me. And also, I think the busier I stay, the more productive I am and the better work I end up doing, both in the sport and my academic work.
What would you say to get someone interested in the sport of showjumping?
I think people donít really understand this sport very well until theyíve been to a competition. Itís a hard sport to explainÖ itís a hard sport to conceptualize until you actually see it. I think just getting people out, getting them to come see it at least once, I think that will get them more and more interested. Because it is hard to follow.