Ann Romney's horse heading to London to go for Olympic gold

Brian Cahn / Zuma Press

Ann Romney's horse, Rafalca, under the sure-handed guidance of trainer Jan Ebeling, at the National Grand Prix Dressage Championship at the United States Equestrian Federation Festival of Champions on Friday.

It’s time to shine up those riding boots and break out the top hat Ann Romney’s dressage horse will be competing in the London Olympics this summer. 

Rafalca, Romney's 15-year-old Oldenburg mare that she co-owns, qualified for the U.S. Equestrian Team after placing well at the U.S. Equestrian Federation National Dressage Championships in Gladstone, N.J., over the weekend.

Rafalca placed third, securing one of five open spots on the team. She was ridden to victory by Ann Romney’s trainer Jan Ebeling, 53, who has been an active rider and trainer on the international dressage circuit since relocating to the United States from his native Germany in 1984. He owns Rafalca along with his wife Amy, Ann Romney and an additional owner, Beth Meyer.  

Ann Romney attended the Championships in Gladstone and tweeted from the event, “It’s great to be part of the Olympics again. We are so proud of Jan and Team USA. Now let’s bring home the gold!”

The odds seem to be in Rafalca's favor. She placed high in the qualifying competition, scoring an overall 73.169% out of a possible 100, which put her nine slots ahead of her other teammates on the U.S. Equestrian Team. 

While this isn’t the first time Ebeling has tried to get Rafalca to the Olympics, this is the first time the mare has qualified. In an article for Dressage Today earlier this year, Ebeling wrote that he attempted to qualify Rafalca for a spot on the team to compete at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Unfortunately, Rafalca sustained a severe injury that left her unable to compete, putting her training back a year.

Since then, Ebeling says Rafalca has “done a lot of growing up,” and that his journey with her has "been long and emotional with ups and downs and more than a few bumps along the way." A “bump” included a botched ride at a qualifying competition for the 2009 World Cup. Rafalca refused a command in the ring and Ebeling failed to qualify. Still, he finished the ride smiling. “That’s part of who I am,” he said. “I don’t quit.”

Perseverance is something Ann Romney and her trainer have in common. She began dressage as a way to treat her multiple scelerosis, which she was diagnosed with in 1998. What began as therapy became a hobby and then, as her husband Mitt Romney puts it, an “addiction.” He said recently, “She's convinced [dressage helped] her regenerate her strength and renew that vigor, and so she cares very deeply about this sport and about horses...I joke that I'm going to send her to Betty Ford for addiction to horses." 

According to the U.S. Equestrian Federation, dressage requires the horse and rider to "combine the strength and agility of gymnastics with the elegance and beauty of ballet. The result is truly the best blend of sport and art."

Dressage horses are trained to respond to the slightest of gestures. Through the squeeze of a calf or the closing of fingers around the reins, horses can be commanded into pirouettes, a slow-motion trot, or into a series of "flying lead changes" where the horse appears to "skip" around the arena.

Ann Romney’s interest in dressage has been criticized as an elite sport for the wealthy that further separates the Romney family from regular Americans. Trainer Ebeling disagrees. In an interview with, he said, “The visibility that Ann brings to the sport can be extremely positive, a real benefit for equestrian sport.” He called the partnership between the co-owners as something wonderful to share, with both joys as well as tears.  

Like any good dressage horse, Rafalca has remained poised throughout all the media attention. “She doesn’t understand what’s going on,” Ebeling said. “I do, of course, so it’s up to me to remain focused on what we need to do, to go into the ring just like we do every day at home and ride the best we can…and to take care of her.”

Ann Romney's horse Rafalca has qualified for the London Olympics and will compete in the sport of dressage. contributor Jillian Eugenios thinks that more animals should be taught how to skip. 


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did this horse change any one's life? talk to me about the state of American and a darn horse!

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Reply#1 - Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:05 PM EDT

Romney is too much. I think the fundamentalists lining up to get him elected think he's the ticket to armageddon. Nothing else makes sense unless he's trying to alienate himself from everyone else in the country who don't only have $100 bills on them. (Romney buying girl scout cookies)

  • 6 votes
#1.1 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:35 AM EDT

Just saw where the they get a $77k tax write-off on that horse.

Average annual income is around $45k. Hmmm.

How big of a write-off can I get on my Black Lab?

  • 7 votes
#1.2 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:16 AM EDT

In these tough times would americans really love that their would be queen's horse is going for Gold? A shade of Russian Tsarina here.

  • 5 votes
#1.3 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:21 AM EDT

$77/ yr tax write of on a 1/2 mill dollar horse with a $45k anual income sounds like some pretty good capital return. thats a five yr pay off about with a bunch of residual value.

he learned his craft well.

  • 1 vote
#1.4 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:07 AM EDT

come on -876085


Average household income is $45k (for comparison).

I doubt the horse provides any profit, only resale value (or dog food if it breaks a leg).

  • 1 vote
#1.5 - Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:20 AM EDT

Her horse is going to win in the Olympics and then her husband is going to win the presidency. Go Romney's!

  • 4 votes
Reply#2 - Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:19 PM EDT

Oh yeh, I think I saw the video of her and her "Horse". I think it was called "High end Barn Yard B*tches" WHOOOOAAAA Trigger. And you know she was doing to that horse what Romney does for his Billionaire Oligarch owners. And come November we're gonna do the same thing to YOU, you tea bagging B*****!

  • 7 votes
#2.1 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:12 AM EDT

The Wormneys took more in tax deductions for the @!$%#ing horses dressage than most people make in one year in wages.

Talk about being out touch. Must be nice to be worth $225 Million and have things written off and make $40 Million a year doing nothing. Yeah Wormney as President. Jacqueline this what you'll get: Year 1: Gas prices $8-$12/gallon... War with Iran, Russia, and China.. Unemployment up to 10%+ .. Thats just year one .. Shall I keep writing the script?

Year 2: Unemployment to 12-15%.. a deeper and widening war now with Venezuela, North Korea, Libya and Syria.. Gas prices $15-$17/gallon and unemployment now at 20%..

Wormney impeached in early year 3 and America in extreme turmoil.. Not to mention the religious wars here at home and abroad. The GOP are on a crusade to destroy the liberties of free-thinking peoples. If you don't conform, you're worthless to them.

  • 12 votes
#2.2 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:37 AM EDT

Ann is proud and honored but Mitt said he's to busy to deal with Ann's event. So Mitt will not see the event. So much for love and support one might think Mitt and Ann are business partners as she just does what he wants when she is needed and then she is on her own. Mitt called her a heavy weight and said he get's reports from her like she's an employee. Ann was insulted when it was said she didn't have a job. Mitt said nothing but it took President Obama to step up to defend Ann and other women who work hard as stay at home Moms. Sometimes Mitt acts like he doesn't even want Ann to touch him.

  • 3 votes
#2.3 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:34 AM EDT

Horses have the power to heal. I know because I have been there. At the age of 77, I still ride and keep four horses on my own property. It provides the best reason to "get up in the morning and get going". One does not have to be wealthy to own horses, but one must be able to properly budget time and money.

  • 8 votes
Reply#3 - Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:40 PM EDT

Yes, one has to be wealthy or at least well-to-do with no children, to own horses. Pets are expensive enough, horses are for the rich.

  • 3 votes
#3.1 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:27 AM EDT

no, UrbnPrsn, you don't have to be rich. you don't have to be well-to-do. and you can live in the city and have them. I live outside Los Angeles and have them, on a shoestring budget and without a bunch of fancy extras. they have taught my kids about responsibility and hard work; they have helped me recover from a severe flare-up of fibromyalgia that had me almost house bound for several months. and I don't have a husband supporting me- I have had to budget and choose carefully the things that I will do and those I won't.

but maybe you are right- if you have convinced yourself that you can't possibly ever do something-anything- then you never will! so keep on taking stuff away from yourself with your attitude. nobody can stop you but you

  • 6 votes
#3.2 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:59 AM EDT

I don't own a horse, but I work with a few people who own numerous horses....and no, they aren't rich at all. They are working class....probably just scratching the surface of being middle class. They own horses because they love them.

  • 4 votes
#3.3 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:35 AM EDT

If your horse has the breeding to qualify for the olympics, you are stinkin' rich.

  • 2 votes
#3.4 - Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:36 PM EDT

no, ronacrone, it's not just breeding - it's way more talent and desire. my Thoroughbred was bred out the @$$ for three-day eventing, but he didn't like to jump. breeding is nothing more than a starting point. if you don't believe me on this, look up an American event horse named Neville Bardos.

    #3.5 - Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:24 AM EDT

    Joking about going to Betty Ford for an addiction to anything Is Not Funny! Joseph, one does not have to be wealthy to own horses?????Dressage horses, you certainly do! Tell that "not wealthy" bit to someone who has no food for the rest of the month. Your idea of wealthy and mine are two different sums of money! Romney has NO clue about poverty, medical bills, university costs. Poor or middle class people are an alien breed to them....and surely all of it is their fault. Don't read any stories about real people and their lives, just sit back and criticize.

    • 8 votes
    Reply#4 - Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:27 PM EDT

    I have a wager that whatever Ann Romney spends on her horses will never be charged to the US taxpayer....

    Michelle and her first lady activities?

    Bueller? Bueller?

    • 2 votes
    #4.1 - Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:47 PM EDT

    Not true Brian - your mistaken Michelle with Sarah Pain I believe. At least get your facts straight.

    • 5 votes
    #4.2 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:23 AM EDT

    Please follow on with the thread Sunshine, again regardless of Mr. Romney running for the presidency Mrs. Romney`s horse was going to London to compete...

    Without taxpayer assistance.

    Care to tally that with Michelle and the girls learning Espaneol?

    • 1 vote
    #4.3 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:31 AM EDT

    @ Brian, without tax-payer assistance? LMAO.. They took more in tax deductions than most make in a year in income..

    Facts are Facts.. $77K in tax deductions. No tax payer assistance? WTF LIAR

    • 9 votes
    #4.4 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:39 AM EDT

    Well there`s a difference between direct billing of the treasury; (Michelle / Spain / Hawaii / etc.) and a tax deduction, right?

    If you`re not willing to acknowledge that pinky-promise everyone that you will not be claiming any deductions next year, okay?

    No kids, no business expenses, no nothing.

    And I don`t like your tone...I`m a liar for pointing out the fact that the US Olympic team choosing a horse with 1/4 share from Mrs. Romney has nothing to do with the presidential campaign?

    You do realize that horse was going to London because it was the best in class, right?

    The best the country can field in this particular endeavour?

    And that if Mr. Romney wasn`t running for president that horse was still going to compete, right?

    • 2 votes
    #4.5 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:53 AM EDT

    Brian, you are arguing with an illogical comparison - Obama is the President of the United States. All Presidents spend ALOT of money living a life that few can afford.

    Chew on the following and try to keep up with the rest of the class:

    Romney has made a fortune and takes advantage of every tax deduction and loophole that he can get away with, forget that his offshore accounts have $32 million, his 2010 tax rate was 13.9% and he didn't work a single hour.

    If by some miraculous disaster, Romney wins, it's appropriate that he lived in France and speaks French fluently. "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche," will be coming from the White House as the 2nd American revolution begins.

    Mr. "save me a chocolate goodie (doughnut,) You're tall. You must be in sport (you must play basketball, you must ball would have also been accepted" is a joke. He will implode and throw this election. I think his magic underwear isn't working.

    • 5 votes
    #4.6 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:58 AM EDT

    "Romney has made a fortune and takes advantage of every tax deduction and loophole that he can get away with"

    Obama does not? Don`t you? Do you employ a tax professional to get every legal deduction you can? If not have you thought about doing so?

    "Obama is the President of the United States. All Presidents spend ALOT of money living a life that few can afford"

    On who`s dime citizen? On who`s dime? Romneys? Or ours?

    Again on this issue alone what does it matter if Mitt Romney is a candidate for POTUS?

    If the horse is the best for the Olympic event why do you care who`s horse it is? Ann Romney is a quarter owner.

    Again if Mitt Romney was not running for president shouldn`t the best horse run for the US? Well shouldn`t it?

    • 1 vote
    #4.7 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:56 AM EDT

    The Olympic program really has gone to hell with so many bizarre "sport".

    This one only .001% of the people have ever heard of it before.

    • 1 vote
    #4.8 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:25 AM EDT

    @ Brian, I guess its ok for Bush to spend 975+ days in Texass on his ranch while he was President, ON the American taxpayers dime?

    Ann Wormney got tax-breaks for her horse and she sits on the committee to pick horses and pick winners. So would she have been picked anyways, sure, its about the money Brain! Mittens has millions and makes millions more getting tax cuts when he doesnt deserve it nor need them. Thats the GOP for you..

    FYI Brainiac, did you know that the only way the GOP will help the poor or middle class with a jobs bill, is IF and ONLY if the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy are made permanent. But hey, thats just another fact.

    Wormneys horse being best in class is like America being best in the world at everything. Its an empty title. A bought medal. Its worthless

    • 4 votes
    #4.9 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:36 AM EDT

    Well there`s a difference between direct billing of the treasury; (Michelle / Spain / Hawaii / etc.) and a tax deduction, right

    Listen you thimble wit, turn off Fox Noise. ALL First ladies have such expenses. They, like the president, the queen of England and the every other head of state and their spouse are expected to travel and pursue causes. Laura Bush traveled. Nancy Regan traveled (in grand style I might add). THEY ALL TRAVEL. WE pay for them all to travel. Remember Princess Diana?

    This is another of those incredibly stupid things the conservative talking heads latch onto and beat into the ground for their poorly informed worshipers to gnaw upon. Seriously, do you somehow imagine in your weird little fantasy world that paying for Michelle Obama to travel is in any sense a comparison to this?

    • 6 votes
    #4.10 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:41 AM EDT

    Ah yes mj, inject emotion and name calling into the arguement in lieu of logic and facts. I was merely pointing out that Ann Romney`s activities were not being underwritten by the American taxpayer, so why should it be criticised as wasteful and "out of touch"?

    It`s their money and if they wish to use it representing the US in an Olympic event so what?

    Michelle Obama`s recent trip to Spain however was totally on the back of the US taxpayer and accomplished what? Photo ops with a bankrupt leadershp? Certainly ironic but worth the coin?

    Then you reference Princess Diana?

    Really? Are we subjects of the crown? Do you equate Michelle and Barrack with the royals now?

    LOL, who`s living in a fantasy world...

      #4.11 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:02 PM EDT

      Brian--EVERY president and his family is ALWAYS underwritten by the American taxpayer--so what? What is it you are objecting to? Suddenly you don't want Obama to do what every other American president has always done since the founding of our country???? WTF?

      • 2 votes
      #4.12 - Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:03 PM EDT

      Awesome isn't it? The Romney's get a $77,000 tax break for this horse?

      • 8 votes
      Reply#5 - Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:48 PM EDT

      That's trickle down economics at work my friend...someone is paid to muck its stall

      • 8 votes
      #5.1 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:05 AM EDT

      Well being as polite as I can that really isn`t the point, is it?

      In fact think about it this way;

      If Mitt Romney wasn`t running for president do you really think this horse wouldn`t be competing in the Olympics?

      I mean c`mon, the guy has already said he isn`t in this for a paycheck, neither is the horse...

      • 3 votes
      #5.2 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:09 AM EDT

      Brian, Brian, Brian... make no mistake, whatever the Romney's do... it's for a paycheck. He even suggested to start incentive-based pay, a Wall Street policy, for the office of President.

      Romney is running for President... his wife's horse is competing in the Olympics and you want us to believe that this is all a misunderstanding. That they are your typical rooted American citizen.

      Fact is, I think most of us understand that this is all about fame, power and money. If either occupation didn't involve any one of the three things I mentioned; the Romney's would be absent and uninterested. I might add that mainstreaming the Mormon religion is also at work here too.

      On a side note, if you have ever visited the Capital building of the State of Utah, blocks from where the Mormons are headquartered, it's a replica of the US White House.

      They are spending money in large unprecedented amounts because... they feel that they are buying an election. The ultimate corporation. The United States of America.

      • 3 votes
      #5.3 - Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:10 PM EDT

      Brian: I mean c`mon, the guy has already said he isn`t in this for a paycheck, neither is the horse"

      So you're saying we don't have to underwrite and/or pay Mitt's salary if he's elected President? for thought.

      • 1 vote
      #5.4 - Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:08 PM EDT

      What a beautiful horse! Best of luck in the Olympics! Can we just get behind the USA in the games and enjoy them?

      • 4 votes
      Reply#6 - Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:53 PM EDT

      Hmmm. How the other side lives.

      • 5 votes
      Reply#7 - Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:55 PM EDT

      haters will be haters, either side of the aisle. dressage is a beautiful sport and exercise. working with horses, compared with working horses, is an amazing exercise and sport. horse spirit therapy for children and disabled adults is an amazing therapy. horses are wonderful creatures. stop the hating.

      • 4 votes
      Reply#8 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:11 AM EDT

      nobody is hating on horses. What people are saying is that at a time when the real economic problem is the accumulation and stagnation of wealth in the hands of a smaller and smaller minority, the last thing we need is one of their representatives ruling us.

      • 4 votes
      #8.1 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:49 AM EDT

      jb, vegas haters will be haters, either side of the aisle.

      What are you a twelve year old fan of Britteny Spears?

      We are talking about the welfare of the free world here. You think we should turn it over to a man who takes a tax credit that is more than most people make in a year for a horse that is a hobby? And a hobby that he PAYS someone else to pursue so his wife can say she does it? You do understand Ann Romney is not riding the horse, don't you? She's just saying it's her horse.

      The more I think about this, the more I think this family is absurd.

      • 1 vote
      #8.2 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:45 AM EDT

      Does Mrs. Rmoney identify better with the 1% or the 99% of Women Voters? I guess we all used our prized jumper as a Tax write-off for 2011, just like Ann.

      • 5 votes
      Reply#9 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:12 AM EDT
      Comment author avatarBrian PatronieExpand Comment Comment collapsed by the community

      Well when you can write your Glad bags off in order to continue your meth lab you`ll be all bubbly again I`m sure...

      • 2 votes
      #9.1 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:23 AM EDT

      GOP Propagandist Group & All 3rd rate Lawyers seem to pass their time countering negative advertising against the 1% - money well spent by the RNC (Republican Nutcase Committee).

      • 2 votes
      #9.2 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:03 PM EDT

      Well when you can write your Glad bags off in order to continue your meth lab you`ll be all bubbly again I`m sure...

      BrianPatronie, 9 isn't the best comment but that's not a reason to make it personal.

      You're suspended for a day for violating #1 of the Code of Honor.

      Above all else, respect others. Address issues and arguments and refrain from making personal attacks.

      • 3 votes
      #9.3 - Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:19 PM EDT

      I'm not quite clear on this: does Mrs Romney ride the horse, or just Jan?

        Reply#10 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:12 AM EDT

        The tone of the article suggests just Jan.

        And in fact Mrs. Romney as one of what, 4 owners probably underwrote an equal share of the endeavour. But I would be guessing.

        Reading the article the main gist of it from her perspective is the theraputic benefit, which I can agree with. Horses are wonderful creatures.

        • 3 votes
        #10.1 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:19 AM EDT

        However she as been quoted as saying dressage is wonderful therapy for I suspect she owns more than this horse.

        • 3 votes
        #10.2 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:17 AM EDT

        Dressage is very demanding. I can't say if Ann Romney rides but I doubt she participates in Dressage in any serious way. Like ballet it takes years of training by both rider and horse.

        That's the really silly thing about all of this. Ann Romney goes around to parties and shows and takes credit for being clever enough to pay someone else to not only take care of her horse but to ride it.

        This is a tax write off, pure and simple. And a pretentious one at that. This is an extremely elitist sport. Imagine if you will what it's going to cost to fly that horse around the world to events. They will probably have to put a stall in Air Force One because Mrs. Romney has to have the Secret Service protect her.

        • 1 vote
        #10.3 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:50 AM EDT

        mj-1451595, you are very wrong in saying that Ann Romney doesn't participate in any serious way in dressage. she has EARNED US Dressage Federation Bronze, Silver and Gold RIDER medals. yes, earned. and the USDF doesn't hand those out like carnival tokens, either. there are 5 USDF levels in dressage - Training thru Fourth - and 4 FEI (international) levels - Prix St Georges, Intermediare I and II and Grand Prix (the Olympic level). the criteria for each medal is as follows; each required score has to be from 2 different rides and 2 different judges. for the Bronze medal a rider must get 2 scores of 60% or higher at First Level, Second Level AND Third Level, a total of 6 scores. for the Silver medal, a rider must get 4 scores of 60% or higher, 2 each at Fourth Level and Prix St Georges. for the Gold medal, a rider must get 4 scores of 60% or higher, 2 each at Intermediare I and/or Intermediare II and Grand Prix. THAT AIN'T EASY!! now you don't have to train the horse you show for the scores yourself; if you can show a GP schoolmaster, wonderful. BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO RIDE THE HORSE YOURSELF!!!! that is something that takes a great deal of skill. and she earned her medals before Mitt was a presidential candidate, so there was no "halo effect" going on in the judging - she earned each and every one of those scores legitimately.

        as for putting a stall in Air Force One, that comment just shows that you have no clue. the horse will stay in California with the Ebelings. if she (it's a mare) travels as part of a US team to international team competitions, the US Equestrian Team will pick up the tab, with moneys from memberships, fund raisers and donations. NOT from American taxpayers. if she travels as an individual, the owners - Jan and Amy Ebeling, Ann Romney and Beth Meyer - will split the bill. again, NOT US taxpayers. the only way US taxpayers would pay any of this horse's bills would be if Obama was an owner - he seems to have no problems whatsoever in expecting the American public to foot the bill for his indulgences.

          #10.4 - Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:28 AM EDT

          More than $77K tax write-off for the Mittens. Must be nice for someone that never work a day to earn a living. After all, almost $400K a year is not very much. Talk about out-of-touch to the common people.

          • 4 votes
          Reply#11 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:34 AM EDT

          What are you, new?

          Never worked a day to earn a living?

          LMAO, even obama isn`t going with that, LOL!!

          • 2 votes
          #11.1 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:43 AM EDT

          Maybe if you said Ramenie never, "labored a day". Bet his hands are silky smooth and soft after his morning manicure.

          • 3 votes
          #11.2 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:34 AM EDT

          I can relate with Mrs. Romney. Bought a donkey, called him Winner. He never lived upto his name. I had my dreams of Winner going to England. Oh well, you can't win all of the time. It is nice knowing Mrs. Romney and I have something in common. Heard she haves a donkey in the family.

          • 1 vote
          Reply#12 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:10 AM EDT

          Please promise us you will not commit suicide if the US entry in this equestrian event wins a medal AND Mr. Romney wins the election...

          Or either or, you sound like such a sweet girl...

            #12.1 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:19 AM EDT

            Romney, the flip-flopping draft dodger, is going to win b/c this stupid horse is going to win the Olympics?

            Get real. You GOP whackos are delusional.

            • 4 votes
            Reply#13 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:50 AM EDT

            Every time I look at Romney's QUEST TO BECOME KING, it becomes MORE BIZARRE.

            I mean, WHAT COULD BE MORE COMMON PLACE here in America than a GOOD, DOWN HOME, "DRESSAGE HORSE EVENT" at the family get together little picnic....

            These people are as far out of step with NORMAL, EVERYDAY AMERICANS that someone could be....

            EVERYTHING, I repeat, EVERY THING that Romney, his family, his well heeled friends and the FAUX CONSERVATIVE, money bags PARTY quite literally EXUDES THE "WEALTH FOR ME AND NOT FOR YOU" THEME....

            ALL OF HIS IDEAS ARE GEARED FOR THOSE OF VAST WEALTH....not the "hot dogs for dinner set" that the average American is living in.

            Absolutely DISGUSTING.....

            • 4 votes
            Reply#14 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:13 AM EDT

            Will the horse be going on top of a cadillac or in one ?

            • 4 votes
            Reply#15 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:03 AM EDT

            wow, when Dave Letterman made that joke about Romney's "Dancing horse" I thought he was kidding.

            Yeah it's a nice sport. Like yachting and polo.

            • 3 votes
            Reply#16 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:07 AM EDT

            Hi and welcome.

            Your argument is fundamentally flawed.

            The horse was going to London whether Mitt Romney ran for president or not...

            As the best USA rider/horse combination for the event.

            The Romney family and the other co-owners (3) paying the tab.

            Taking a tax deduction sure but showing up and winning for the US as independent owners. Winning or losing glory for the US but surely losing money regardless...

            Unless you listen to the socialists...

            • 1 vote
            Reply#17 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:13 AM EDT

            Congratulations to Ann Romney's horse! Celebrate while you can, the horse is the only Romney that will win this year!

            • 5 votes
            Reply#18 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:18 AM EDT

            That is what the "Nuns On A Bus" are hoping for.

            You know you got a problem when Americas Nuns are against you.

            • 4 votes
            #18.1 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:41 AM EDT

            Congratulations to Rafalca and Jan Ebling! Romney I am betting, only wrote the checks. Putting her up on this wonderful horse? Not likely. All the work and intense training at this level can be undone swiftly. In my mind she has not one real connection to this wonderful pair.

            • 1 vote
            Reply#19 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:36 AM EDT

            runninghorse, you need to go up and read my post 10.4...

              #19.1 - Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:31 AM EDT

              What I want to know is what is wrong for anyone of any political leaning to have a beautiful competition horse. Do you have to be poor to be a politician? I think not!

              Another thing what if it was Mz. Obama that had the very same opportunity to have a beautiful competition horse. Would you be saying the same things about her and her husband? I think not! You all would be bowing and scraping the ground they walk on saying how wonderful they are to have that opportunity. What a bunch of two faced people there are out there. Mrs. Romney and her family have every right to have this horse to show all over the world if they can afford it. It is their God given right. It has nothing to do with politics. Get a life people. You want to live like that, if you have a job, work harder, if you don't have a job, get one. Anyone has that ability. You just have to find what works for you.

              • 3 votes
              Reply#20 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:09 AM EDT

              Say what you wil about the Romneys, that is a beautiful animal. Just sayin'.

              • 1 vote
              Reply#21 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:17 AM EDT

              I don't even like the Romney's (politically), but I can SMELL the class envy through my computer screen.....AND IT AINT FROM THE HORSE $HIT! You haters are pathetic.

              I agree Swtaprl......that animal is stunning!

              • 2 votes
              Reply#22 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:37 AM EDT

              What a glorious day it will be when the spirits of the downtrodden and the disadvantaged can be raised by the victories of one of the First Lady' horses.

              • 2 votes
              Reply#23 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:50 AM EDT

              One last comment on Ann Romney and her horse. Even people in the horse business consider Dressage elitist. Most of you don't have any idea what it is, it's so elitist.

              Consider that this man trying to paint Obama as an elitist has a horse that costs an easy seven figures and takes multiple 7 figures to maintain, all so Mrs. Romney can go around the world and rub elbows with other people with too much money and compare their baubles. In this case the horse.

              When the right calls Obama an elitist what they really mean is he's smart. He has a plan and an opinion. He speaks as if he's been educated and got there on his own rather than have his Daddy buy it for him.

              Romney is just another flavor of George Bush. Nothing he has ever gotten has come from the sweat of his own brow. And now he's trying to buy the US presidency. Which he'll get if you don't call him out for what he is--

              Oh yes and you do realize the horse is going to the Olympics so it can be maintained as an investment loss and written off. No money in the Olympics.

              • 3 votes
              Reply#24 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:05 AM EDT

              it's pretty obvious that YOU are the one with no clue about dressage, or probably horse sports in general...

                #24.1 - Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:33 AM EDT

                In an absolute sort of way, the horse presented is very beautiful.

                Unfortunately, the image of this horse now has a bunch of political and economic baggage hanging on it - a pointedly symbolic representation of lifestyle and attitude generally attributed to the "1%'s".

                Believe me, this single instance is not about what I can or cannot afford, or how much of a tax write-off, or even the horse's role in helping Ann deal with her sickness. It's the overall cumulative package - of which this is just one piece - that "The Romneys" present to the public at large. While it is completely unnecessary for them to team up with the "poor and sick" - it does make you wonder how Mr. Romney would lead a nation in which 99% pf the population is far, far removed from such public displays of opulence.

                I do not ever recall a candidate who spoke (bragged?) so much about their 'money'. I am not inclined to worship the god almighty dollar.

                • 1 vote
                Reply#25 - Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:54 AM EDT
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