Thursday 25 May 2017

US team has got 'girl power', says Jessica as dad Bruce cheers on

Bruce Springsteen waves from the stands. Photo: Sam Barnes
Bruce Springsteen waves from the stands. Photo: Sam Barnes

Jane O'Faherty

Well-dressed ladies weren't the only ones turning heads at the RDS, as rock legend Bruce Springsteen was spotted among the crowds at Dublin Horse Show.

The legendary rockstar made his way back to Dublin to support his daughter Jessica as she represents America in the Aga Khan this week.

The all-female American showjumping team, which also boasts Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg among its arsenal, will compete in the prestigious competition today.

Speaking at the RDS, Jessica Springsteen said the group had "girl power" going for them. "I think we're all proud to be women riders," she said. "In the US we're pretty used to having female riders at the top.

"I think other teams would look at us and they're mystified at how [an all-female team] could happen.

"But for us we're sort of used to being at the top."

She also praised her four teammates, and said their friendship "makes a big difference" to their performances. "We all genuinely love each other and support each other, whether we're on together or not," she said.

"I really feel that difference of being with four other people I genuinely love and call friends."

The patriotism wasn't only in the rings of the RDS either.

Galway milliner Caithriona King impressed passers by with a stunning green and gold headpiece.

"This one is a nod to 1916, with the green and gold colours," she told the Irish Independent, adding that the hat had taken almost 35 hours to make.

Also spotted at the RDS were Ivan Yates and RTÉ's Mary Kennedy. While striking hats and handbags were the main event in the RDS on Thursday, the focus will now turn to today's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup. The cup attracts hopefuls from across the world every year.

It is expected that President Michael D Higgins will be among the attendees this afternoon.

Irish Independent

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