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Tuesday 23 September 2014

'Glory Days' for Bruce's girl at RDS Horse Show

Published 08/08/2014 | 02:30

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Jessica Springsteen competes at the Dublin Horse show
Jessica Springsteen competes at the Dublin Horse show
Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS yesterday
Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS yesterday

Jessica Springsteen showed the courage of a lion as she galloped to victory with Davendy S in last night's Anglesea Stakes at the RDS.

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The 22-year-old daughter of rock legend Bruce Springsteen was over the moon to clinch victory with her first 5-Star win after honing her skills over the last two years.

Springsteen, who was based at the stables of her trainer, US Olympian Laura Kraut, showed exactly why she's been chosen to represent her country in today's Aga Khan Cup.

From a starting field of 52 there were 10 into the second-round jump-off against the clock in which world number 3, Great Britain's Ben Maher, set the target with a whirlwind run from Aristo Z.

But Springsteen was last to go and knew exactly what she had to do. "I've been riding fast since I was in Junior Jumpers and I knew I could really go for it with my mare.

"She's so careful and so quick across the fences," said the ecstatic rider who has only been partnered with Davendy S for the past two weeks.

"It was my first big step up with her but I knew she could do it, she was flying - we took off pretty far away from that last fence," explained Jessica, who nearly broke the sound barrier as she fearlessly galloped through the finish to shave almost a half-second off Maher's target-time.

"I came here seven years ago and always wanted to ride at this show so this is really exciting," she said.

The rider also told how she was looking forward to today's Aga Khan challenge.

"I haven't done too many Nations Cups, and it's a huge honour to represent my country here with Vindicat.

"He's a really confident horse - really brave - all my horses are really brave actually," said the rider who showed more than a little courage herself yesterday.

There's a lot riding on the result of today's Aga Khan Cup at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show, as Ireland fights to retain a place in the top division of Nations Cup show-jumping and earn a qualifying spot for the Furusiyya series final in October.

Tonight one country will be relegated to Europe Division 2, and Irish Chef d'Equipe, Robert Splaine, is determined it won't be his.

The Corkman has opted for a blend of experience and youth in his four-man side.

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