Friday 24 October 2014

Exclusive: Jessica shows she's The Boss as dad Bruce Springsteen extends Dublin stay

Laura Larkin

Published 09/08/2014 | 07:58

Proud parents Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa pose with their daughter Jessica Springsteen who won her Class for the USA at the RDS Dublin Horse Show 2014
Proud parents Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa pose with their daughter Jessica Springsteen who won her Class for the USA at the RDS Dublin Horse Show 2014
Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS yesterday.
Pic: Steve Humphreys
Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS yesterday. Pic: Steve Humphreys
Jessica Springsteen during the Speed Stakes international Comp during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Jessica Springsteen during the Speed Stakes international Comp during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Boss and his family know how to celebrate when the good times come around.

His daughter Jessica scooped her first Irish show-jumping prize on Wednesday and the talented young showjumper triumphed again yesterday.

Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS yesterday.
Pic: Steve Humphreys
Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS yesterday. Pic: Steve Humphreys

“We celebrated with champagne of course,” his wife Patti Scialfa told The Herald.

“Oh we celebrated,” joked Bruce. “Jessica’s trainer Laura Kraut treated us to champagne to celebrate. We’re really proud of her,” elegant Patti added.

Rock idol Bruce and his family are enjoying their time in the capital so much that they are planning to extend their stay.

“We’ll be here for a few more days,” the rock idol revealed but he remained tight-lipped as to their plans for exploring the city. “Dublin is such a beautiful city, we’ve really been enjoying it,” Patti said.

06/08/2014 Jessica Springsteen during the Speed Stakes international Comp during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Jessica Springsteen during the Speed Stakes international Comp during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

But it is Jessica (22), who is the Boss this week. The pair are keen to keep a low profile and to allow their daughter lap up the limelight during the festival.

In his trademark dark glasses the proud dad yesterday watched on from the stands as Jessica jumped in the most important event of the festival, The Nations Cup.

Looking elegant and every inch the lady his bubbly wife was also excited for another day of the competition. The Dublin Horse Show marks Jessica’s show -jumping debut for the prestigious team USA.

Bruce has played the RDS on several occasions but he looked just as comfortable taking a back seat this week as his daughter took centre stage.

06/08/2014 Jessica Springsteen during the Speed Stakes international Comp during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Jessica Springsteen during the Speed Stakes international Comp during the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Meanwhile, Desmond Guinness and his stylish granddaughter Violet Ogden Guinness were also watching the world’s elite show-jumpers. Glamorous Violet is surrounded by fashion designers in her famous family but for the Horse Show she revealed that she wanted to keep it vintage.

She looked stunning in a calf length blue dress, a close cut blazer and a forties style cream hat. “This is all thrown together,” the modest 26-year-old said.

Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa at the RDS Horse Show 2014
Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa at the RDS Horse Show 2014

“My jacket was my grandmother’s, I found this dress in the attic and I picked up the hat at a market in Portobello,” she laughed. She was keen to enjoy a day out with her granddad even though he threatened to out-style her with a dapper bowler hat.

The 83-year-old author laughed when asked if he was trying to upstage his gorgeous granddaughter.

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