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Romney’s Rafalca Headed to Olympics?

Ann Romney has long been a rider to combat her Multiple Sclerosis, but it seems the Romneys may soon have a chance at Olympic stardom. Rafalca, a horse owned by the Romneys has recently made the short list for the 2012 London Olympics in dressage.

Pictured: Jan Eberling aboard Rafalca. Image courtesy of Dressage News.

Should the horse succeed, Rafalca will join the political must-see list of competitors alongside Zara Phillips (who has secured a spot in eventing on the British team). As Stephen Colbert vivaciously declared, Dressage will be the ‘official Sport of the Summer’, and it will be interesting to see how veteran dressage rider and Jan Eberling are effected by being such high-profile horses at the event.

On a less professional note, I would like to advise the New York Times that not all horse events are called “races“. In the article’s title ‘For Ann Romney, a Different Sort of Horse Race”, it is implied that Rafalca is a racing horse. This is highly inaccurate. More succinctly, what Rafalca does is compete at a “horse show“. A tennis game is a “match“, similarly a track competition is a “meet“. You wouldn’t refer to a soccer game as a soccer “meet“, so please do your homework before carelessly mis-labelling an equestrian event.

What do you think? Will we have a star-studded summer olympics?

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High Hopes For High Kingdom

Zara Phillips was nominated for the British Olympic Team this past weekend after a stellar performance at the Bramham aboard mount ‘High Kingdom’. The royal is the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, and will attempt to emulate the successes of parents Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, both of whom competed for the British team previously.

Will London 2012 see a royal flush from Phillips and High Kingdom? Image courtesy of Voxxi.

As equestrian fans gear up for London 2012, we will have to wait and see what this pair of royals has in store for the competition!

Due to the fact that the olympics will be taking place soon, look forward to more great olympic riding updates!

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