• Ann Romney's Horse Qualifies for the Olympics

    Though his strongest affinity is with convenience store sandwich machines, Mitt Romney finally has a way of appealing to voters in America's heartland. They own horses, Ann Romney owns horses!

    And Romney's horses excel at "sport." Rafalca, and her trainer, Jan Ebeling, earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Equestrian team this weekend and will be competing at the Games in London in dressage, which frankly sounds like a horse-human activity that would meet Rick Santorum's disapproval.

    And what about voters who don't own horses and find the elitism of dressage competitions somewhat off-putting? At least they'll have the satisfaction of knowing that as taxpayers, we are all in it together in service of Rafalca…

    As millions tune into 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, which Mrs. Romney owns with Mr. Ebeling's wife, Amy, and a family friend, Beth Meyers.

    On the one hand, a $77,000 tax deduction for a dressage horse may be politically troubling in a country where the 2010 median household income was $49,000. On the other hand, Ann's Austrian Warmbloods are the most warmblooded and relatable members of the Romney brood.

    Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

    Tags: Ann Romney, Mitt Romney, Olympics, Sports, Taxes


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