Ann Romney 'excited' her horse Olympic-bound
June 18th, 2012
11:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Ann Romney 'excited' her horse Olympic-bound

(CNN) – Ann Romney will not be riding her dressage horse Rafalca at this summer's London Olympics, but she said Monday she was still proud to represent the United States in the global competition.

"I am so excited honestly to be able to represent the United States," Romney said in a radio interview with WJR's Frank Beckmann. "I have a horse that is going to be fighting for gold in London and I am very excited about that. Wow! It has been a dream of mine for a long, long time, ever since I was a little girl."

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Romney said she did ride Rafalca herself, but the level of competition in London was beyond her abilities.

"I do ride this horse, but not in competition," Romney, the wife of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said Monday. "People say, 'Well you can ride at that level,' and I say, "Well…" It's like being the country club pro in one place, and then going to Wimbledon. You don't understand how professional these riders are that are riding at this level. It's quite competitive."

Rafalca earned a spot on the U.S. Equestrian Team on Saturday in the sport of dressage. The horse placed third in the Olympic Grand Prix Special Test, held Saturday in Gladstone, New Jersey. Rafalca scored an overall 73.169%, placing behind competitors Calecto V and Legolas, and ahead of nine others.

In her interview Monday, Romney also spoke about life on the campaign trail, saying she didn't mind the hoards of hecklers that have followed her husband's six-state, five day bus tour.

"It is what we love about America so I don't mind them," Romney said. "You know, they were shouting us down, trying to shout us down yesterday and I don't mind it. It is a great contrast about why we love this country and how hard people have to work to get to accomplish their dreams."

Asked if, as president, Mitt Romney and his family would take as many vacations as President Barack Obama, Romney responded with a laugh.

"I doubt that," she said. "Our vacations and our happiness comes from being with our children and our grandchildren."

Vacations, Romney explained, would likely take place at the family's own homes.

"We have our own places that we do that, and I'm assuming that we'll be doing the same," Romney said.

The Romney's own vacation homes in San Diego and on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

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soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    ....It has been a dream of mine for a long, long time, ever since I was a little girl."
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    How many little girls have dreams like that?
    How many of us little folks have ever even heard of dressage before? Not me. You?

    June 18, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Andrew

    "I doubt that," she said. "Our vacations and our happiness comes from being with our children and our grandchildren."

    Vacations, Romney explained, would likely take place at the family's own homes.

    "We have our own places that we do that, and I'm assuming that we'll be doing the same," Romney said.
    _______________

    So in other words, he WOULD take vacations, just to places he owns. Obama doesn't own homes all over the country so his vacations seems more like vacations than Mitt's 'retreats' to his mansions....

    June 18, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Common sense grandma

    Oh, how easily they relate to the rest of us! And not taking vacations except at their various homes–how self-sacrificing they are. I don't mind that they have all that, but please don't pretend to relate to the rest of us.

    June 18, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. Mitt

    Yahoo for the 1%! She is doing soooooooooo much for our country! How about paying all the taxes due on your big bucks instead of hiding them in Swiss Bank Accounts.
    OBAMA 2012.! He gets the rest of us!

    June 18, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. PJ

    Going for the Gold- thought that was Dating Romney...

    June 18, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. 1twinsfan

    Ann Romeny – I say, "Well…" It's like being the country club pro in one place, and then going to Wimbledon."
    On hecklers - "...It is a great contrast about why we love this country and how hard people have to work to get to accomplish their dreams."
    On vacations - Vacations, Romney explained, would likely take place at the family's own homes.

    Even Ann doesn't realize how her comments can be preceived as being elitst.

    June 18, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    Rich elite v/s middle class America....????

    June 18, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Must be nice to be part of the top 1% of the top 1%. My Olympic dream is to not have the cable go out due to transmission line failure (as it usually does between June and October) when I am watching it on TV.
    Rudy, I have ridden, but am no where good enough for dressage. My goal on horseback was always to not fall into one of those cushions the horses keep leaving in the paddock.

    June 18, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. CA Liberal

    Being a 99%er this is not one of my priorities.

    June 18, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Core republican Values

    I hear Mitt is entering the "Freestyle Hypocrisy" and "Hypocrisy Marathon" events, and is the odds on favorite to win gold in both.

    June 18, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    "I doubt that," she said. "Our vacations and our happiness comes from being with our children and our grandchildren."

    No, your "happiness" comes from using the American people when you can and your LOVE of the almighty dollar. Liar.

    June 18, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Myviewis

    Well Rudy to answer your question, many little girls like First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy shared the dreams with Ann Romney. Mrs. Kennedy herself used to compete in horse shows and used to be a fearless horsewoman. Mrs. Kennedy kept her horses in Virginia, was always riding while in the White House and used to go fox-hunting. I suggest you guys also criticize Mrs. Kennedy if you're going to criticize Mrs. Romney.

    June 18, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. PJ/TX

    I wanted to say what a beautiful horse, and I hope they win! Then I read the stupid "vacation" question, and all my
    good feelings went haywire. GW still holds the record on most vacation time of any US President, as well as the
    worst job creating record since they started keeping track.
    Good luck, anyway, Rafalca.

    June 18, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Vince

    Ahhh The Romney's...just your typical "Joe Everyone" family.

    June 18, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. livingston

    Yup, just your average, normal, stay at home mom.

    June 18, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Frank

    Very few Americans can afford to even go to London, not to mention to send there dressage horse. This is just another example of how out of touch the Romneys really are. Now they are beginning to pretend the GOP respects women-but apparently not their rights!

    June 18, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Peace

    In touch with horses BUT not people.

    June 18, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Mary

    Ann needs to stop embarrassing herself with all that contrived hoopla she keeps throwing out to the media. She apparently believes everyone is as dumb and shallow as she is.

    June 18, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. The Real World

    Many little girls dream of just having a single roof over their heads and not to go to bed hungry.

    June 18, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Jane

    Mrs. Romney did not train Rafalka. Mrs. Romney does not ride Rafalka. Mrs. Romney is not an 'athlete', as her husband states. Mrs. Romney Bought Rafalka. End of interaction. And, let's not forget, Mrs. Romney gets appx. $78,000 in tax credits for upkeep of Rafalka. Olympic dream, my aunt fanny....

    June 18, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Peace

    In touch with horses BUT not people.

    Perfect!!! They're just regular ol' folks like us. Willard was worried about getting a pink slip one time....
    I just wonder if Willard had a hand in saving the Olympics in London, too (on the US taxpayer dime)

    June 18, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. jake

    This is exactly why Romney can never relate to the common men and women of this country, he is not a common person. He, his wife, and grown children don't even know the meaning of relating to the common person, the middle class, the working American. Yet, this guy goes all over the country now talking to common folks like he's one of them. He's not, never was, never will be. His whole life has been pampered, and the only time he talks to a common person is when he's running for office. That's his body of work relating to common people. For him to act like he knows the struggle and worries of middle class or the common folks of this country is simply disingenious. Nothing about him or his family is about any of us. Just look at this women's big moment in life...her prized and expensive horse being entered in the Olympics in the most snobbish of all competition...the Equestrian competition. A "sport" of the rich and noble. True to form, that's what the Romneys are, rich snobs playing America like a violin. Like real America is so engaged in Equestrian competition.

    June 18, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    glad you can be soooooooo out of touch with middle America and soooooooooo in touch with horses. JHC, do you really think she give a about Americans that are not rich?

    June 18, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Myviewis

    Vince
    Ahhh The Romney's...just your typical "Joe Everyone" family.
    ----------------

    Ahhh, the Kennedy's......just your typical "Joe Everyone" family. You guys do remember how wealthy Jackie Bouvier Kennedy was and the Kennedy family and Caroline Kennedy even had her pony "Macaroni" in the White House. Yes, I am a fan of Jacqueline Kennedy.

    June 18, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. rs

    Just another way the Romneys relate to the average American-NOT!

    June 18, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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