Story from the LA Times
Ann Romney’s dressage horse, Rafalca, and her trainer, Jan Ebeling, earned a place on the U.S. Olympic Equestrian team on Saturday, cementing the Romneyfamily’s already deep ties to the Olympic games. The official announcement is expected to come Sunday by the U.S. Equestrian Federation.
Rafalca and Ebeling will compete for the U.S. in the London Summer Games.
The Romneys’ involvement in dressage has raised the profile of the sport, linking it to the American presidential campaign in a way that has brought both adulation and mild ridicule as some have poked fun at dressage as a sport of the elite.
Kenneth Braddick of Dressage News said Ebeling had “the best performance of his life” Saturday at the second of two Olympic trials at the U.S. Equestrian Federation national dressage championships in Gladstone, N.J. In a post on the website, Dressage News, Braddick wrote that Ebling has also taken in stride the ribbing he’s gotten from comedians such as Stephen Colbert.
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! twitter.com/AnnDRomney/sta…— Ann Romney (@AnnDRomney) June 16, 2012
Ann Romney's horse has been chosen for the Olympics. And the Romney campaign would like to remind you that President Obama is out of touch.— Leo Thomas McGarry (@LeoMcGarry) June 16, 2012
BREAKING: Ann Romney's Dressage Horse to Compete in London Olympics As Long As it Survives 7-Hour Flight Strapped to Top of a Boeing 747— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) June 17, 2012
The Romneys claimed $77,000 in tax exemptions for their dancing horse last year. slate.com/blogs/moneybox…— Jim Ray (@jimray) June 17, 2012
What middle class family doesn't deduct $75,000 for dressage horse expenses? #outoftouch— Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) June 16, 2012
Ann Romney isn't some out-of-touch rich lady. She's just your average middle class American whose horse does ballet in the Olympics.— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) June 13, 2012
@JeffersonObama He could call his ranch "Long Green Acres."— Leigh (@LeighChamplin) June 17, 2012
Romney is an in touch job creator.He hired 6 gardners, 2 handymen, 5 assistants, 4 housekeepers, 2 horse trainers, and a dog groomer.— Eric (@diggaduh) June 13, 2012
Rafalca = $77,000 tax writeoff 4 Mittens tinyurl.com/7q6sgo3 No wonder Seamus was on the roof.No tax shelter? No shelter!— Andrea Hackett (@andreafed) June 16, 2012
@tigeryinyang and if the horse loses, he gets a pink slip. straight to the glue factory. rafalca, you're fired!— Pamela Hollar (@PamelaHollar523) June 16, 2012
@JohnFugelsang So horse Rafalca has a masseur, nutritionist & coach yet Mitt calls Obama "out of touch"? Did R kick Mitt in the head today?— M. Harrison (@BlueInMemphis) June 8, 2012
Dressage horses are the right height. #p2— Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) June 16, 2012