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Springsteen’s daughter buys Team GB horse

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Jessica Springsteen, 'The Boss' and Peter Charles on Murka's Vindicat W

Bruce Springsteen is known for singing blue collar anthems - but the one sport you don't associate with the working man is equestrian.

However, showjumping is the pursuit of choice for The Boss's daughter Jessica - and she is even a nationally-ranked showjumper in America.

The 21-year-old failed to qualify for London 2012 but she is going all out to try and make the Rio Games by purchasing one of the horses that starred for Team GB at the Olympics.

Murka's Vindicat W, which was ridden by Olympic gold medallist Peter Charles, has been bought by the rock star's daughter with an eye on the next Olympics.

The 10-year-old gelding helped Team GB win their first Olympic team showjumping gold medal since 1952 with Charles having ridden her to a clear round in the jump-off against the Netherlands to secure the victory.

"Vinnie is one of the best horses I have ever ridden, so the decision to move him on has not come lightly," Charles said on his Facebook page.

"He produced an outstanding performance to secure team gold for Britain for the first time in 60 years, and I will never forget how that felt and how unbelievably proud he made me and my team feel.

"In order to invest in a new string of young horses in preparation for Rio 2016, we have had to make the decision to allow him to move to another rider.

"He will now be ridden by his new owner Jessica Springsteen for the USA.

"I wish Jessica the best of luck with him and I am sure he will make her proud, too."

The fee paid for the horse was undisclosed.

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