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c. 1930's

These photos capture the glamorous life of a very young Jackie Kennedy

Before she was a First Lady, she was a little girl who loved horses


As a child, Jackie Kennedy, née Bouvier, lived with her family—John “Black Jack” Bouvier III, a stockbroker, her mother Janet, and sister, Lee—at homes in Manhattan and the Hamptons.

Jackie was devoted to her father, and in fact had been named after him.  She was also devoted, as these pictures show, to horses.

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 parents’s marriage.

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Jackie Bouvier with her horse.
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John Bouvier stands with his wife and daughter at the Sixth Annual Horse Show of the Southampton Riding and Hunt Club on Long Island.
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Young Jackie Bouvier horseback riding with her father.
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Jackie Bouvier leads her pony from the paddock after competing at the Sixth Annual Horse Show of the Southampton Riding and Hunt Club.
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Jackie Bouvier rides horseback as her father walks at her side. East Hampton, New York.
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Jackie Bouvier standing by Caroline Lee Bouvier in her baby carriage.
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Jackie, age 4, and her mother at their East Hampton home.
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Several spectators watch the competition at the Southhampton Riding and Hunt Club’s seventh annual horse show. Left to right: Franklin D’Olier, Winifred Lee, Jackie, Marian Raymond and Mrs. James T. Lee.
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Jackie, age 6, riding with her mother in the parent and child class of the Smithtown Horse Show. Smithtown, Long Island
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Jackie watches the Tuxedo Horse Show with Mrs. Allen McLane and her mother.
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Jackie jumps her horse Danseuse at the Piping Rock Horse Show, Locust Valley, New York.
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Jackie, 6 years old, and Lee play with and pet their dog Regent, a bull terrier, at a dog show in East Hampton, Long Island.
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