Jessica Springsteen, 22-year-old showjumping daughter of rock legend Bruce Springsteen, has bought one of Ireland's top sport horses to compete with internationally.

Lisona, a bay mare bred in Co. Meath by former Irish Army rider Comdt. John Ledingham, had been campaigned successfully by Sligo-born Darragh Kerins over the last three years, the combination helping the Irish team to victories in the Nations' Cups at both Hickstead and Dublin in 2012.

On Friday night, Kerins said of the sale of the 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse: "It was a very hard decision for (co-owner) Maarten Huygens and I to make, as Lisona achieved so many great wins for us and Team Ireland.

"She is a great mare and will be very sadly missed in my barn. I wish her new owner, Jessica Springsteen, the very best of luck with her."

The sum paid for Lisona has not been revealed, but top Irish-bred horses are highly thought of in global equestrian circles, and can command very substantial prices.