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Bruce Springsteen with Patti Scialfa

Bruce Springsteen with Patti Scialfa

Bruce Springsteen with Patti Scialfa

HE'S used to performing at the RDS but rock star Bruce Springsteen has now come back as a spectator.

The Boss left his guitar at home to play the delighted dad as his daughter Jessica competed in the opening day of the Dublin Horse Show for team USA.

Having held more than a dozen sold-out gigs in the main arena over six tours since 1988, Bruce is very familiar with the venue.

However, yesterday was the first time he got to admire the view from the stands instead of the stage.

The 64-year-old and his wife Patti Scialfa watched on from the main grandstand in Simmonscourt as 22-year-old Jessica took part in two of the 14 international show-jumping contests taking place this week.

Dancing in the Dark singer Bruce said he was happy to be back in Ireland and Patti, who is a member of Bruce's E Street band, told the Herald that they "couldn't be more proud" of rising equestrian star Jessica.

"We're so proud, of course. We had a great day," she said.

The famous couple were dressed casually and sat talking to friends as they enjoyed a long lunch in the corporate section.

After Jessica's second ride in the paddock (on a horse called Vindicat W, the Olympic winning mare that reportedly cost her €6m) and a 20-minute debrief with her team, she went up to join her parents and discuss her performance.

Yesterday was the young brunette's show-jumping debut on Irish soil representing her country.

She eventually plans to try out for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

EXCITED

"I came here to watch seven years ago and my dad did a concert here two years ago, so I'm really excited to be here," she said.

She eventually placed 26th in the competition.

A total of 30 security guards are looking after more than 80 international horses this week in their stables as the 2014 Dublin Horse Show, with 125 contests, gets underway.

In addition to the action in the paddocks, fans watched Irish dancing and had portraits painted.

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