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Springsteen all set to rock the RDS

THE RDS Dublin Horse Show got off to a rocking start with Bruce Springsteen's daughter limbering up for the competition.

The 141st RDS Dublin Horse Show starts this afternoon, with 100,000 people expected to descend upon the south Dublin venue over the coming days.

And taking to the hallowed turf in the Royal Dublin Society will be Jessica Springsteen, perfroming at the same venue her beloved rockstar father Bruce has sold out a string of times.

The 22-year-old show jumper is a star in the equine world, and will compete as part of Team USA in this week's competition.

Yesterday, the daughter of the Born in the USA singer told the Herald she was busy getting her horse ready for the competition.

The event will run until Sunday, and RDS chief executive Michael Duffy reckoned the competition "is worth €43m to the Irish economy".


"There is a great resonance for the Horse Show with Irish people. People have grown up watching it over the years, so I think there is a huge connection there," he added.

The equine competitions will be held throughout the coming day, and 1,300 horses and ponies competing in 125 different events.

The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup on Friday will see riders from eight nations competing for the Aga Khan trophy.

However, the attention will not only be on the show jumpers. Over 400 women are expected to compete in the fashion stakes in the Blossom Hill Ladies Day contest on Thursday, judged by stylists Brendan Courtney and Angela Scanlon.

Meanwhile, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke said he believes "it's a great shame" that the priceless and ornate mayoral carriage is not on public display.

Speaking ahead of his maiden journey in the 225-year-old golden coach to the opening day of the Horse Show later today, Cllr Burke said that he would "like to see it out more".

The coach, which is said to be worth up to €3m, currently makes just two trips per year- the opening of the Horse Show and the St Patrick's Day parade.

"I think it could be used for the Freedom of the City or other awards, and that the honorary participants who are being bestowed could be met in the carriage and brought to the Mansion House," he said.

Cllr Burke also suggested that the carriage could be used in the ceremonial switching on of the Christmas lights in the capital.