Before she was a First Lady, Jackie Kennedy was a little girl who loved horses as these pictures show.
Jackie Kennedy, née Bouvier, was born in Southampton, Long Island, New York, the daughter of wealthy Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III (1891–1957) and his wife Janet Norton Lee (1907–1989). She had a younger sister, Caroline Lee Bouvier, born in 1933, later known as Lee Radziwill.
Her early years were spent in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island, at the Bouvier family estate called “Lasata”. She became at a very early age an accomplished equestrienne, a sport that would remain a lifelong passion. As a child, she also enjoyed drawing, reading and writing poems.
Despite significant wealth, her parents’ marriage was not a success. Jack was an alcoholic and had multiple affairs, and the Bouviers separated in 1936.
These photographs of a very young Jackie show something of her passion for both her father and for her horse, at and around the time of the end of her parent’s marriage.