Best. Headline. Ever. Thank you Guardian for this report on Rafalca's Excellent Dressage Adventure, because as everyone knows, Willard Romney is so into "sport" that he-- oops!-- pretended to have no clue about his wife's "marvelous" Olympic endeavors, so we're forced to depend on someone to fill us in:
"I have to tell you. This is Ann's sport. I'm not even sure which day the sport goes on. She will get the chance to see it, I will not be watching the event. I hope -- her horse does well."
If that wasn't supportive, I don't know what is. Heckuva job, Willard.
Now on to the side-splittingly Guardianalicious report on how Rafalca did:
Never for a second during her seven-minute performance did a hoof stray dangerously mouthwards, nor did she do anything at all to offend or upset the host nation. [...]
At one point, she appeared to give a snort of exhilarated delight, although, to be fair, it's not easy to say precisely what emotion a huge horse is aiming to convey; it could equally have been a snort of ennui or a snort of frustration at the Obama administration's glee over Mitt's gaffe-spree. [...]
[T]he 53-year-old US rider did confirm that Ann Romney had given him "many words of encouragement" before the Olympics.
She had not been in touch on Thursday morning, he added, but her last message had been full of good counsel: "Do what you know to do and do what you do best. Just ride like it's a normal day."
Fine advice indeed. If only her husband had heeded it.
Indeed, Willard's hoof didn't hesitate to bee-line mouthwards and it's rumored that it needed to be surgically removed. Mitt In Mouth Disease is a terrible thing.
I think Gov McHalfTermGiverUpper would classify it as "Fancy Horse Pageant Walkin'". Or in PaddyO'Bloggerese, "expensive fucking pastime for rich snooty got too much time on their hands heiresses." I posted this to help explain why this is such a frackin' joke- Romney family’s dressage horse-related tax deductions last year exceeded median U.S. household income
Dressage (/ˈdrɛsɑːʒ/ or /drɨˈsɑːʒ/; a French term, most commonly translated to mean "training") is a competitive equestrian sport, defined by the International Equestrian Federation as "the highest expression of horse training." Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the World Equestrian Games. Its fundamental purpose is to develop, through standardized progressive training methods, a horse's natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding horse. At the peak of a dressage horse's gymnastic development, the horse will respond smoothly to a skilled rider's minimal aids. The rider will be relaxed and appear effort-free while the horse willingly performs the requested movement. Dressage is occasionally referred to as "Horse Ballet". Although the discipline has ancient roots in Europe, dressage was first recognized as an important equestrian pursuit during the Renaissance. The great European riding masters of that period developed a sequential training system that has changed little since then. Classical dressage is still considered the basis of modern dressage.