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Wednesday 17 September 2014

The Boss's daughter: Jessica Springsteen takes centre stage from dad as she wows Dublin Horse Show

Published 06/08/2014 | 14:28

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Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS yesterday.
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Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS yesterday.
Pic Steve Humphreys
6th AUgust 2014.
Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa at the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS Photo: Steve Humphreys
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

THE last time Jessica Springsteen was in the RDS, she was cheering on her dad as he played to a packed arena three years ago.

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Today, the 22 year old student took central stage herself as she made her showjumping debut for Team USA and her famous father was keeping a very low profile indeed with his wife Patti.

The only question on everybody's lips all day was: "Have you seen Bruce Springsteen?" as excitement brewed to boiling point in the grounds.

He was eventually spotted in the main stand, and later had lunch with his daughter in the VIP section.

The New Jersey singer just waved to press wearing blue linen jacket, sunglasses, and a broad smile. They had to pass press as left.

Patti said they were happy to be in Ireland again. Asked if she was proud she said "of course"

And though tight security surrounded his daughter, Jessica had earlier showed herself to be extremely amenable and RDS officials were highly impressed with her talent in horsemanship.

A little out of breath after competing, she said that competing over here brought her up a notch as competing with the best jumpers in the world meant she had to "step up to the plate."

With one more semester left in her studies, Jessica said she planned on going into showjumping full time and was looking forward to: "giving it my full attention."

Juggling studies and competing was tough but her horses give her confidence even when she hasn't had time to practice, she said.

CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 07:  Musician Bruce Springsteen performs onstage during USC Shoah Foundation's 20th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 7, 2014 in Century City, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for USC Shoah Foundation)
Musician Bruce Springsteen performs onstage during USC Shoah Foundation's 20th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 7, 2014 in Century City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for USC Shoah Foundation)

She was competing with a horse that she had only had for one week, she revealed.

And though she admitted the horse was "no oil painting" and had "huge ears," she said she was "so quick and so competitive and liked to win."

"I really love her, I'm really excited by her," she said.

She added that she is looking forward to the Nations Cup on Friday, saying that it is "so exciting."

On the opening day of the Dublin Horse Show, this highlight of the capital's social calendar for the past 141 years showed that it still has what it takes to keep the crowds happy.

Amid humid conditions, spectators kept their cool with the help of the odd ice-cream cone and focused their attentions on the display.

And with the number of entrants and trade exhibitors up, Michael Duffy, RDS Chief Executive said the organisation is beginning to see 'buoyancy."

TV host Miriam O' Callaghan had her daughter, Jessica, in tow as she launched the new Brian Boru crown in aid of the Jewels for Cures fund to fight cancer.

The crown was made using jewellery donations - mostly old cufflinks and broken necklaces - and will be exhibited in the RDS throughout the Horse Show.

Having lost her sister to cancer, Miriam said she hoped that she would have supported the initiative anyway but that it meant the cause was very close to her heart.

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