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Friday 30 September 2016

Rock legend Bruce at RDS but Claire's 'The Boss' after Ladies Day

Bruce Springsteen pictured in the stands watching his daughter Jessica. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Bruce Springsteen pictured in the stands watching his daughter Jessica. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Winner of the Dundrum Town Centre Best Dressed Lady,Claire Murphy. Photo: Gareth Chaney

The Dublin Horse Show saw a Green Army of a different kind, as this year's best dressed lady chose patriotic colours for the event's Ladies Day.

Claire Murphy from Tralee, Co Kerry, took home a €10,000 voucher for Dundrum Town Centre after impressing judges with a cream ensemble with a lime-green hat.

The outfit, a headpiece by Carol Kennelly and a dress by Tina Griffin, took the prize ahead of over 400 other entries.

Phone

Claire was calling her husband about her daughter's upcoming trip to the Gaeltacht when she heard the news.

"I was on the phone to him as the name was being announced, not thinking it would be me," she said. "I don't know where my phone is right now. I dropped it."

Irish fashion blogger Louise O'Reilly and Irish Independent Fashion Editor Bairbre Power surveyed the hundreds of women who had applied for the competition.

Galway girl Caithriona King also chose green, with an ivy headpiece inspired by the events of 1916.

Wearing the same outfit as another attendee could spell disaster on Ladies Day, but that didn't dissuade Caroline and Charlotte White (4).

The mother and daughter from Knocklyon, Co Dublin, wore two floral yellow dresses as Caroline signed up for the competition.

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen also turned heads in the RDS crowd. His daughter Jessica is among the all-female team representing America in today's Aga Khan.

In a Q&A, she said Team America 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."

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