Romney would bring warmbloods to the White House

Since husband Mitt’s first presidential campaign bid began in 2006, Ann Romney’s love of “horse ballet” has produced several entertaining articles in the mainstream media. Today’s Washington Post profile is no exception.

According to the Washington Post: “Should she become first lady, Romney told Parade magazine last fall, she would certainly bring horses to the White House lawn. She even ‘slipped away’ on the day of the Michigan primary to ride, telling Fox News that ‘some people have lovers in every port. I have horses in every port.’ ”

Amongst dressage enthusiasts, it’s no secret Ann has been a longtime student of international competitor Jan Ebeling, debuting at the Grand Prix level aboard her imported schoolmaster Baron in 2006. She has also owned several horses for Ebeling to compete, including the Grand Prix mare Rafalca, whom Ebeling hopes to take to the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final in the Netherlands in April.

Watch Ebeling compete Rafalca in the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Grand Prix Dressage Championship:

But as equestrians also know, trying to explain dressage (pronounced “dress-AHGE,” as the Post helpfully points out) to the uninitiated can prove a bit of a fiasco.

“Ninety percent of whatever I say about horses gets reported wrong, but by now I just take it with a grain of salt,” Ann told the Chronicle of the Horse in 2008.

SEE ALSO: The Huffington Post’s “Mitt Romney is Riding a Horse, Okay?”;  Washington Post’s “New York Times and Ann Romney: Warmblood, not thoroughbred!

Though Ann’s pretty busy on the campaign trail these days, she credits dressage—which has proved an invaluable therapy since her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis over a decade ago–with helping keep her grounded.

She told Fox News last week: ““My horses rejuvenate me like you can’t believe. They give me balance. They give me energy. I think it’s because I love them so much.”


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