Saturday 1 October 2016

Bruce Springsteen tipped to be one of 10,000 heading to Dublin Horse Show

Published 20/07/2016 | 02:30

Bruce Springsteen performing at Croke Park. Photo: Peter Morrison/Invision/AP
Bruce Springsteen performing at Croke Park. Photo: Peter Morrison/Invision/AP
Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa at last year's Dublin Horse Show. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The Boss: Bruce Springsteen.
Bruce Springsteen. Photo: PA
Ciara Mullen, from Malahide, Co Dublin, with her horse Madam Stella in the stables ahead of the Dublin Horse Show Picture: Sportsfile
Correna Bowe, from Rosslare, Co Wexford, with Killinick Bouncer, a performance Irish draft horse. Photo: Cody Glenn

Organisers are hopeful rock superstar Bruce Springsteen will be among the 100,000 spectators at the Dublin Horse Show, which kicks off today.

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Crowds were delighted when 'The Boss' and his wife Patti Scialfa arrived at the show two years ago to watch their show-jumping daughter Jessica (24) compete at the horse show.

Correna Bowe, from Rosslare, Co Wexford, with Killinick Bouncer Picture: Sportsfile
Correna Bowe, from Rosslare, Co Wexford, with Killinick Bouncer Picture: Sportsfile

Springsteen is familiar with the venue having performed at the RDS 11 times since 1988. While officials were unable to verify if Springsteen will attend this year's show, they did confirm that Jessica is a member of Team America again this year - along with another famous show jumper.

Both she and Georgina Bloomberg, (33), the daughter of billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, are among the five members of Team America.

The all-woman international show-jumping team will be whittled down to four top riders who will compete for the Aga Khan trophy - officially the Furusiyya EEI Nations Cup - on Friday as part of nine international competitions taking place over the five-day show.

In the meantime, the RDS was a buzzing hive of activity yesterday as caterers put the finishing touches to preparations to feed and water the masses and vendors set out their stalls.

Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa at the event in 2014 Picture: Steve Humphreys
Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa at the event in 2014 Picture: Steve Humphreys

Competitors, including 14-year-old Ciaran Nallon, put in the last-minute paces with his pony, Dibidoe.

Ciaran, who has been competing since he was four, will represent Ireland at the European Showjumping Championships next month.

Dundrum Town Centre Ladies' Day will take place tomorrow and promises to be a stylish showdown.

Irish Independent

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