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Ann Romney’s horse won’t win an Olympic medal
yahoo ^ | 8/7/12 | Holly Bailey

Posted on 08/07/2012 9:57:11 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton

Ann Romney's horse Rafalca won't win a medal in the dressage competition at London's Olympic Games. But Romney, the wife of GOP candidate Mitt Romney, still praised her horse's "fabulous" performance.

"It was wonderful," Romney told the Associated Press' Nicole Winfield after watching her horse compete Tuesday in London. "She was elegant and consistent again. We just love her."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012olympics; annromney; dressage; olympics; rafalca
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Something does not smell right here with the Romney horse not advancing to the medal rounds of the Olympics. It could be that the international judges are out to get the Romney's or the horse had been tampered with by Obama agents.

It is just sad that Ann and her horse as Olympic athletes would have worked so hard to represent the USA just to be sabotaged for political gain.

1 posted on 08/07/2012 9:57:14 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Uncle Slayton

I can’t help myself. There’s gotta be a “... and the horse you rode in on” joke here somewhere.


2 posted on 08/07/2012 9:59:10 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Uncle Slayton

Obama’s dog won’t win a medal either .... not since Obama ate him.


3 posted on 08/07/2012 10:03:37 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

“I can’t help myself. There’s gotta be a “... and the horse you rode in on” joke here somewhere.”

Move on. Put it behind you...


4 posted on 08/07/2012 10:04:08 AM PDT by jessduntno ("Racism is not dead...it is on life support - kept alive by politicians..." - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Uncle Slayton

Ann Romney was NOT competing on the horse. Anoth rider was, who has much more experience.


5 posted on 08/07/2012 10:04:32 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Uncle Slayton

Does everything have to be a political conspiracy?

Could it be that other horses performed a little better than Rafalca?


6 posted on 08/07/2012 10:05:20 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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To: Uncle Slayton
Something does not smell right here with the Romney horse not advancing to the medal rounds of the Olympics. It could be that the international judges are out to get the Romney's or the horse had been tampered with by Obama agents.

Horses have bad days too. Several horses/riders who were favored to win the jumping events did really crappy (knocked over the rails)and didn't even place.

Horses tampered with by Obama agents......facepalm.jpg.

7 posted on 08/07/2012 10:05:39 AM PDT by trailhkr1
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To: ridesthemiles

As owner of the horse, she does compete as does the horse and the rider in the American pastime of Dressage.


8 posted on 08/07/2012 10:08:11 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Uncle Slayton

They’ll just have to strap her to the top of the wagon and take her back to the ranch.


9 posted on 08/07/2012 10:08:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Uncle Slayton

Probably won’t medal because of all the money in the horses saddlebags weighed it down.... /sarc


10 posted on 08/07/2012 10:09:24 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Uncle Slayton; shibumi; TheOldLady

Formal dressage is nice.

Freestyle dressage rocks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b8oxiIe76s


11 posted on 08/07/2012 10:09:50 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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Hmmmmm - No co-inky dink that Michelle Obama's horse is ALSO SANS gold medal, because you know....

Oh yeah, almost forgot - RomneyCARE RomneyCARE RomneyCARE

12 posted on 08/07/2012 10:12:34 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa (Vote for Goode, end up with evil, pat self on back repeatedly)
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To: Uncle Slayton

No, the horse was not sabotaged for political purposes or unfairly judged. The gold-medal-winning Brits, including Charlotte DeJardin on Valegro, were superb. Truly breathtaking. They deserved the victory. Rafalca was good but not in that class. Her canter pirouettes are not wonderful and the passage and piaffe, eh. She is a good girl, a fine horse, just not quite of that caliber.

But to be quite fair, the US is a relative newcomer to dressage. They’ve been pursuing it in England and Europe for 500+ years, one way or another, and the depth of talent there is incredible. It’s BIG business there. Until forty years ago, however, very few Americans had even heard of it. We’ve come up to speed fast, partly through importing European horses and breeding them here, partly from bringing European trainers over. We aren’t quite there yet, though we get closer all the time.

Another consideration is that some of our top talent does not pursue dressage as a competitive sport but as an art form, so they’re out of the mix. And the European nations’ government support for horse-breeding has created an industry we can’t approach here.

Disclaimer: I hate the FEI and its hypocrisy. Politics is involved, but NOT in ways that prejudice the judges against American horses and riders. The judges here are doing pretty well; it’s the commentators on the rides who are, um, nuts.


13 posted on 08/07/2012 10:17:48 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Uncle Slayton
Something does not smell right here with the Romney horse not advancing to the medal rounds of the Olympics. It could be that the international judges are out to get the Romney's or the horse had been tampered with by Obama agents. It is just sad that Ann and her horse as Olympic athletes would have worked so hard to represent the USA just to be sabotaged for political gain.

Are you serious? Give me a break. Being paranoid 24/7 is no way to go through life.

14 posted on 08/07/2012 10:20:19 AM PDT by hitchwolf
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To: Salamander

One of the most beautiful sports ever.


15 posted on 08/07/2012 10:30:49 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Uncle Slayton

Oh yes another conspiracy theory. Maybe the horse just sucks like Romney the liberal.


16 posted on 08/07/2012 10:35:41 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: Salamander

Beautiful animal! I’d never heard of freestyle dressage before. Thanks for the link.


17 posted on 08/07/2012 10:35:59 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: hitchwolf
Would you for one moment put it past the Obama-Soros-Clinton Machine to not tamper with the Romney horse?


18 posted on 08/07/2012 10:41:11 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Uncle Slayton

This is just such a blessing. I have laid awake for the last three nights wondering how the Romney’s would be able to pay the taxes on the Gold Medal if they won it. Now I can relax.


19 posted on 08/07/2012 10:52:41 AM PDT by kempster
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To: Uncle Slayton

Everyone can’t win. Each competition stands on its own, and some performers just do better than others, on any particular day.

My daughter used to ride dressage. It’s fun to watch.


20 posted on 08/07/2012 10:59:20 AM PDT by Tax-chick (If you can't say anything nice, have some more wine.)
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