Ann Romney's Fancy Dancing Horse Is Headed to the Olympics

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Because the Romneys are just normal, regular, down-to-earth human people like you and me—and certainly not extremely lifelike robot replicants that eat civil rights and poop out money—it's totally normal that they not only own a horse, but also had the time and resources to teach it to fucking dance. The Romneys' fancy horse son is so good at horse-dancing, in fact, it has been chosen to represent the Horse Nation in the 2012 Olympics and make all of horse-kind mega-proud. Totally. Normal. Just Like Us!

The New York Times reports:

Jan Ebeling, Mrs. Romney's longtime riding tutor, and his horse Rafalca, co-owned by Mrs. Romney, earned a berth on the United States Olympic dressage team on Saturday.

...As millions tune in to the Olympics in prime time this summer, just before Mr. Romney will be reintroducing himself to the nation at the Republican convention, viewers are likely to see "up close and personal" segments on NBC about the Romneys and dressage, a sport of six-figure horses and $1,000 saddles. The Romneys declared a loss of $77,000 on their 2010 tax returns for the share in the care and feeding of Rafalca.

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God, I just really feel like the Romneys get me, you know? Like the time my doorman needed emergency hernia surgery so I had to use my own arms to get into my building, even though I was totally tuckered out from helicopter shopping. Or that time I accidentally dropped my money satchel into the outhouse toilet at Poor People Fantasy Camp and I had to wait for the janitor to climb in and fetch it for me! I missed snack time because of that. Now I'll never know what Totinos Pizza Rolls taste like.

Seriously though, I'm pretty sure this magic dancing horse is the most likable thing about the Romneys. So you go, horse. You go.

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Why denigrate something when you obviously don't know the first thing about dressage. And further more, guess what? Rich people spend money and it creates jobs. She spent $70K and that money paid the salaries of her trainer and the people who work at the barn. So does all the other money rich people spend on their hobbies or businesses.

I own a horse and while I'm not into dressage (I do Hunter/Jumper) the rich people who board at my barn and pay the show fees and training fees keep my barn's owner afloat and allow me to be able to afford my pasture board. The rich owners and boarders also are the ones who pay for new fencing and bathroom upgrades out of the kindness of their heart because they love the barn and the owner.

I am SO sick of the hatred of rich people just because they have money. If you want to dislike someone because they break the laws or are simply jerks by all means do so. But you can find bad people with and without money. Having money does not equal being evil.

To echo what many others have said dressage is not just dancing. It's a very difficult discipline to master and Olympic caliber horses and training is expensive. And you can write off that amount of money as a business loss. Just because you lose money one year doesn't mean next year she won't be able to sell that horse for $250,000 and make a profit and turn around and pay income taxes on it. You have about 3-5 years to try to make a profit in a business venture. After that the IRS will look at it as a hobby.