She was consistent and elegant. She did not disappoint.
She thrilled me to death.
~ Ann Romney discussing Rafalca's Olympic performance
Romney's horse and rider unfazed by hype
~ Headline on Reuters UK
At one point, she appeared to give a snort of exhilarated delight, although, to be fair, it's not easy to say precisely what emotion a huge horse is aiming to convey; it could equally have been a snort of ennui or a snort of frustration at the Obama administration's glee over Mitt's gaffe-spree. Perhaps it was just her way of telling the predominantly British crowd that, like the Romneys, she was just happy to be in the UK.
~ Guardian UK
It’s a little silly, which we all agree on. It’s an athletic sport, and they’re going around in a top hat and tails. The attire is antiquated. It’s hard to understand, and it’s expensive. . . . At the lower levels, it is more accessible. It’s not like yachting. There’s no yachting for Joe Schmo. Anyone with a horse can learn from it.
~ Sara Lieser, managing editor of the "Chronicle of the Horse," in Wall Street Journal
Ann Romney's horse, Rafalca, competed in the individual dressage at the Olympics today. The horse's rider, USA's Jan Ebeling, got an overall score of 70.23 and is currently in 9th place.
The horse was not expected to medal, and Ann said after the event that she's "thrilled to death" by the performance.
The sport of dressage is actually incredibly boring. Here's a sampling of Rafalca's performance. It's pretty much this for 8 minutes (see gif below):
~ Business Insider
The liberal group MoveOn is putting its anti-Mitt Romney message into his horse’s mouth in a new TV ad released Thursday.
The ad purports to feature Rafalca, the dressage horse co-owned by the Romneys, speaking to the camera about her upkeep.
~ The Hill
In our ad, voters hear the truth about Mitt Romney straight from the horse’s mouth: Romney seems to think many Americans deserve to be treated worse than a horse. There’s nothing wrong with taking good care of a horse, but there’s something messed up about a millionaire who spends twice what most Americans make in a year caring for a horse, but wants to take away people’s health care and offshore their jobs. We’re rooting for Rafalca and all of our Olympians to bring home the gold, but we’re sure not rooting for Mitt Romney to send jobs overseas. Voters had best steer clear of Romney unless they’re looking for a ride on a one-trick trickle down pony.
~ Justin Ruben, Executive Director of MoveOn.org Political Action
I encourage all Americans to tune into
#Rafalca's performance. I mean, with a $77K tax write off, you paid for it.
— phillip anderson (@phillipanderson) August 2, 2012
Disturbing reports that Mitt Romney's horse Rafalca has apparently crapped all over the Olympics.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) August 2, 2012
Given how Mitt's treated underperforming assets before, if I were Rafalca today I'd keep an ear out for whispers of "ue-glay actory-fay."
— delrayser (@delrayser) August 2, 2012
If Rafalca the dressage horse wins gold, does she get her own Swiss bank account to keep it in, or does it go to the Romney family account?
— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) July 29, 2012
Will Rafalca Romney's afterparty be formal or casual dressage?
— Warren Holstein (@WarrenHolstein) August 2, 2012
That horse leads a more pampered life than most human babies in the state of Mississippi.— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) August 2, 2012
Dressage: Romney's horse scored well in the U-turn, the pirouette andsidestep but marked down for a couple of gaffes— Richard Adams (@RichardA) August 2, 2012
How did Ann Romney become Olympic dressage horse owner? Practice, practice, practice. She started out just owning people.— JeffSharlet (@JeffSharlet) August 2, 2012
Kinda hoping Romney's horse gets disqualified for being the wrong height.— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) August 2, 2012