By Henry Decker

Strange But True: Mitt Romney Picked The Music For His Horse’s Dance Competition

April 18, 2012 6:43 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 39 Comments A+ / A-
Strange But True: Mitt Romney Picked The Music For His Horse’s Dance Competition

Mitt Romney won’t be in attendence at the 2012 Dressage World Cup, which starts today, but he and his wife Ann will play a very personal role in the tournament’s outcome.

The Romneys are high-profile participants in the world of dressage, the classical sport of dancing horses. (It is pronounced dress-AHJE, like a French word.) Here is a video example — the horse “dances” to the band Queen:

According to ABC News, the Romneys own 8 dressage horses — at a tremendous financial cost — and Ann Romney is “a fixture in the stands on the global dressage circuit,” sometimes bringing Mitt along with her.

Mitt himself will have a major impact on this year’s World Cup; he picked the music that the Romneys’ horse Rafalca will dance to (a selection of songs from the sountracks of “Rainman” and “The Mission.”) As dressage enthusiast Kenneth J. Braddick told ABC News, this is a critical decision:

“[Jan Eberling, Rafalca's rider] told me, ‘Mitt picked the music … that was his contribution, and we love it,’ ” Braddick said. He added that this was not an insubstantial contribution — many riders have music specially composed for competition, and some even hire an orchestra to play a version that will precisely fit the footfalls of the horse in question.

It takes car elevator wealth to participate in the sport. “It runs thousands of dollars a month to maintain,” Braddick said in the same interview. “They have pretty much everything — a farrier, a chiropractor, a vet, a masseuse for the horses. Just like any professional athlete at that level.”

ABC News reports that, according to Romney’s 2010 tax return, Mitt and Ann have sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into the sport. The Romneys have a $250,000 to $500,000 stake in a corporation called Rob Rom Enterprises, which owns dressage horses, and incurred more than $77,000 in losses in 2010.

Mitt Romney has made no secret of his love of horses; recently a video leaked in which he discusses the smooth gait of his Missouri Fox Trotter.

Ann Romney’s love of horses has attracted a good deal of media attention, primarily because she uses riding as a treatment for her Multiple Sclerosis. Paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to have someone else make a horse dance to the “Rainman” soundtrack has nothing to do with her illness, however, and her absence from this year’s World Cup suggests that the Romneys may be self-conscious about their elite hobby.

As Democratic consultant Tad Devine told ABC News, “Dressage sounds like a very upper class activity, and I think the campaign doesn’t want to do anything to remind people that he lives a life very different than most in this country.”

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DKWSXHQIDBW5PUAPZ2HZAYYUY Baron Cormac

    8 Dressage horses? Yeah, they really have a good understanding of the needs of us po’ folk. I am sure that the stress of dealing with this does qualify Ann as a “working mom”, just like my wife, who has to be at the hospital at 5:45AM to deal with patients, doctors and administrators.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SSLY766LFF6KMU2QJ5CIEU3OGY LET'S GET FILTHY STINKING

    Say what you want about Mitt Romney, but at least he only put a dog on the roof of his car — not the roof of his mouth…..versus ”Dreams of my father” author, Barrack who had a diet of dog ….read the book

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNRSOQB7TEU2XBPPAZ7GZPVNXM EdC

      but did he put a horse n the roof of his car, under Romney most people will end up with a diet of Dog food

      • http://www.facebook.com/royoung1 Roger O. Young

        how fitting, since dog food is horsemeat

    • ObozoMustGo

      Bwaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROFLMAO!!!!!

      How long before Obozo eats Bo? Does the White House chef have a recipe he wants to share?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sara-Futh/100000043724610 Sara Futh

    Perhaps the Romneys DO spend a goodly part of their disposable income on dressage horses but horse sports provide a livelihood for many riders, farmers, and workers. There are many of us out there who love horses and enjoy their company.
    And you do not have to be a millionaire to do so, contrary to the tone of the article. If you have the talent and work ethic, you will find a way to participate.. It just takes dedication and desire.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNRSOQB7TEU2XBPPAZ7GZPVNXM EdC

      yeah if you have a two year kid, you can stop taking care of him and clean horse poop for the Romneys’

      • ObozoMustGo

        Better to make bad choices in life and let other people pay for your needs than to actually have to go to work, right EdC?

        • http://twitter.com/Cos2mwiz2 Cos2mwiz2

          So, following your (ill)logic everyone who isn’t wealthy has simply made “bad choices”…and doesn’t work? Do yourself a favor. Turn off FOX. They’re playing you for a fool…and you’re obliging.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Yes! Your life is the sum total of the choices you have made. Sorry to inform you of this but you must accept responsibility for your life. I know this foreign to leftist nutjobs who view everything from the lense of victim hood, but it’s the reality of life.

            Have a nice day!

    • ObozoMustGo

      Sara… In case you have not noticed, leftist nutjobs dont actually believe that America is a land of opportunity. Therefore, success has more to do with class, race, and gender, than it does with talent and work ethic in their little minds. They see America as oppressive. They see the economy not as a growing pie, but as a fixed pie where the fight is over who gets what piece and how big. They dont understand human nature and incentives. This is why a dope like EdC sees the world as the Mitt Romneys versus the guy that cleans his horses poop. There is no other explanation.

      I am certain that many of the leftist nutjobs on this site are just paid union thugs or Obozo campaign low-lives with nothing better to do but to carry Obozo’s water and spread the false promise of class warfare among the people. Dont buy their garbage. It goes against decency and common sense.

      Have a nice day! Enjoy your horses and the dressage. :-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patricia-Younkin/1730007378 Patricia Younkin

        Oh, get offf it! There are aLOT of hard working peopel out there who would just like a level playng field for a change. And, if you’ll read my post on this matter, you’ll see I defended their hobby. And, by the way, given that your cherishede party is responsible for practically wioing out the middle class, so we acan go back to the dear, dead daysa of Engllish speaking servants, I find your claims about class warfare to be obscene. So, you’ll excuse me now, I’m gonna get my leftist nut job butt in car and go to –you know–WORK!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ksstarbuck Kathlyn S. Starbuck

      it also takes a lot of money. There’s just no getting around that. Vets, Farriers, etc., cost money. You may not have to be a millionaire, but you DO have to have money. That or you’re not taking adequate care of your horse. I used to breed and train horses for international dressage competition, and that takes MONEY. But it only goes to a very small handful of people, because a single horse doesn’t use enough services to count as an “employer”.

      At the levels the Romneys are competing, you need a LOT of money to even get in the door.

      • http://twitter.com/HoofHugs Christie Finn

        Cost varies depending on a variety of factors including the cost of quality board in your location. If you keep your horse barefoot, providing your horse has good feet and depending on how you are riding her, you don’t need shoes. Vet fees for healthy horses usually run about $200.00 per horse depending on whether the horse’s teeth need floating. Training for the horse can be an additional expense or not depending on the rider’s skill and what the horse already knows. Riding instruction is also another expense, but again it is possible to get good instruction without breaking the bank. If you want to show your horse, you will have travel fees and class entrance fees as well as hotel and trailering fees. But there are lots of ways to cut expenses. You can buy tack and clothing, often in excellent condition through consignment sales or just watch for sales. You can take good care of your horse without spending a tone of money. There are many excellent horses with papers available for adoption through rescues across the country. For the average horse owner, the choice to own a horse means that you make a choice to forego some other things.

    • CrankyToo

      You’re right, Sara. There are plenty of reasons to dislike and distrust Mitt Romney, but his family’s love of this sport (or art form?) is not one of them.

      While I don’t think this article rises to the level of “casting aspersions”, it’s clearly a straw man. I don’t see any need to be gratuitously critical, Mr Decker. If you can’t find a reason to level some legitimate criticism at this guy, you’re not not looking hard enough.

    • daffodilly

      One may not “have” to be a millionaire to enjoy horses and horse sports but the fact is, the Romney’s ARE multi-millionaires trying to assume the persona of “just folks”. There are many good Republicans in this country. How did the Grand Old Party end up with these shallow twits as their primary representatives?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GPAJBX2EJGLYKZCC4ZQG6IBNPQ PaulCindy

    Why is this news? Just to promote class warfare & jealously. In America people can do what they want with their money. Any person under the American system can become successful, and how they choose to spend their money is up to them. They are “spreading their wealth”, but of their own free will, NOT by the Government deciding how to “spread it”.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNRSOQB7TEU2XBPPAZ7GZPVNXM EdC

      The question which company did the Romneys and Bain Capital put out of business to buy not one , not two but eight “Dressage Horses” how many other horses do the have, How many mothers of two year olds will be working to take care of Horses instead of kids will they hire, will they pay enough for thoes mothers to feed their kids.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNRSOQB7TEU2XBPPAZ7GZPVNXM EdC

      The question which company did the Romneys and Bain Capital put out of business to buy not one , not two but eight “Dressage Horses” how many other horses do the have, How many mothers of two year olds will be working to take care of Horses instead of kids will they hire, will they pay enough for thoes mothers to feed their kids.

      • ObozoMustGo

        I got this one for you PaulCindy…..

        The answer to your question depends on what country you are in, EdC. If you are in Cuba or Venezuela, it matters. If you are in America, the answer is NOT ONE SINGLE IOTA OF YOUR DAMNED BUSINESS YOU LEFTIST BUSY BODY MORON!!!!!!!!

        Have a nice day!

    • ObozoMustGo

      PaulCindy… dont you know that only rich leftists like Soros or Corzine or Hollywood moguls are allowed to do what they want with their money? The leftist nutjobs on this site and the useful idiot Decker only think rich conservatives are evil. You will NEVER see Decker or any of the other useful idiots discuss anything about the disasterous effects Soros has had on the lives of people in the countries where he has destroyed their currencies, will you? Mitt buys some distressed companies and tries to make the work out. Some do, some dont. Soros destroys countries’ finances intentionally. You’ll never hear the leftist nutjobs like EdC complain about that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JWPCDWWOQJAS5UTZVN5CE3MZLU PamelaT

    Sara: You do not understand this sport. I have two horses that are rescues, one is very talented a gift (ex-race horse) and the entrance fee alone I cannot afford for my dauther to even compete. The saddles for that event alone start at around 2500, you are required to have a special bit, bridle……I could go on and on. I do quite well for myself a single mother of four children and I cannot even get into the same zip code of this kind of competitions. The cost of these horses before the extras are more then my house and probably your house and the 5 houses in my culisac.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patricia-Younkin/1730007378 Patricia Younkin

    So what? I’m not a Romney supporter by any means, but this is their own money, and, as it happens, I show an Alaskan Malamute in AKC confirmation, and, while it’s noting like the amount horse peole have to spend, it’s not cheap. Let’s all focus, here, on the man’s policies and leave, him, his wife, and his horses alone with their private interests.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/E2VG54ZKA7SSAKSKAKHOHE5USI Richard

      That is a great idea Patricia! Let’s just wait for Romney to talk about his policy positions before we earn the right to speak his name. What are his policies again? Small government and freedom? How can we talk about anything besides his ridiculous lifestyle when he himself refuses to talk about policy? The guy has a dancing horse! The repub party always talks about putting on man pants but what I think they were trying to say is they love putting on other men’s pants because their candidate has a DANCING HORSE!
      You can’t see why it is relevant that the man who claims taxes need to be lower on rich people spends more money than most make in a lifetime on A DANCING FUCKING HORSE???…feel like everyone has lost their damn brain! None of these politicians deserve the defense you provide them. The guy bullshits and lies to your face everyday and you are sitting here pleading with people on the internet not to say mean things about his dancing horse, have some respect for yourself Patricia!

  • Gammaanya

    If she loves horses then she would not put them under this stupid dancing. I adopted a dressage horse TB 16 yrs ago, he was to go to a slaughter house because he was 8 yrs old and no use for the owner. Was beaten with 2×4 to retrain him to pull a cart . I bought him for my daughter, he was so abused and scared of everything.Now he is 24 yrs, fully retired out on pasture, and he is worth the $130. 00 a mo in expense. He is a joy to just groom him and talk with. Better than doctor therapy. Once we stop by in Wisconsin to see the dancing horses and it was heart wrenching, the so called trainer (he did not know we watched it) was screaming at the horses, whipping some of them if they miss step to a silly music. One young horse was just being a horse got hit in the face with a fist. I walked in and yelled at him. He was shocked to see a stranger in the stables/arena. I told him what a poor human being he is. They act out of fear. Some of them have bits in their mouth to tight (used for giving a clue what to do) and the spurs to nudge also. Would you like to have a something in your mouth and jerked once in a while and somebody kicking you on your sides and your salivating/foaming at the mouth??. You have to have your neck kept in a certain position. They are trained daily, this abuse is going on day in day out. They hardly ever had a chance to be horses and roam the pasture, eat grass instead of pellets. They must have certain weight. And all for MONEY. HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? How much they take it with them?? Never saw rich man funeral with a bank vault behind hearse. Horses meant to run, play in the fields not to dance. It’s against their nature.
    I love horses. My fellow boarder have 3 mini horses and one is totally blind (courtesy of previous owner) and the 3 play in the field and lead the blind one with grunts and he follows the sounds and hop and run like horses do. Amazing that animal understand the handicapped animal and is helping, but humans just go and abuse it. Not everybody does that, but for money some humans will sink so low. I bet when they are too old to perform, they will end up in a slaughter house. That’s what happened to all race horses, I used to have one , also rescued from slaughter house. He was a beautiful TB with excellent blood lines but did not win in the races so off to a slaughter house in DeKalb, IL (now closed – Thank GOD) I was living in Colorado then, we had him for 5 yrs and he died from colic, it was too late to save him so to ease his pain we put him down. Horses do cry real tears when they hurt. None of us is rich, we just regular folks that do what is right and all for pleasure, saving a life and all the people at the barn where they keep horses,(we have a donkey and a goat there and they get along better than people). Goat is a bratty one and always picks on a one very young horse that we all bottle fed her when her mother died (was rescued from a farm where 11 horses died from starvation). We took turns to come at night to feed the youngster. Today she is 2 yrs old and we all pitch in and pay for her boarding. She is like a puppy, comes in for goodies, and if you hand out something, the goat will jump in and steal it. Other horses protect her even in their pecking order she is excluded from that, she eats
    the best part of hay. Goat eats dandelions and stay by her side all the time. They are best buds you ever saw. I never been to a circus where animals are abused and all for money.

  • Gammaanya

    If she loves horses then she would not put them under this stupid dancing. I adopted a dressage horse TB 16 yrs ago, he was to go to a slaughter house because he was 8 yrs old and no use for the owner. Was beaten with 2×4 to retrain him to pull a cart . I bought him for my daughter, he was so abused and scared of everything.Now he is 24 yrs, fully retired out on pasture, and he is worth the $130. 00 a mo in expense. He is a joy to just groom him and talk with. Better than doctor therapy. Once we stop by in Wisconsin to see the dancing horses and it was heart wrenching, the so called trainer (he did not know we watched it) was screaming at the horses, whipping some of them if they miss step to a silly music. One young horse was just being a horse got hit in the face with a fist. I walked in and yelled at him. He was shocked to see a stranger in the stables/arena. I told him what a poor human being he is. They act out of fear. Some of them have bits in their mouth to tight (used for giving a clue what to do) and the spurs to nudge also. Would you like to have a something in your mouth and jerked once in a while and somebody kicking you on your sides and your salivating/foaming at the mouth??. You have to have your neck kept in a certain position. They are trained daily, this abuse is going on day in day out. They hardly ever had a chance to be horses and roam the pasture, eat grass instead of pellets. They must have certain weight. And all for MONEY. HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? How much they take it with them?? Never saw rich man funeral with a bank vault behind hearse. Horses meant to run, play in the fields not to dance. It’s against their nature.
    I love horses. My fellow boarder have 3 mini horses and one is totally blind (courtesy of previous owner) and the 3 play in the field and lead the blind one with grunts and he follows the sounds and hop and run like horses do. Amazing that animal understand the handicapped animal and is helping, but humans just go and abuse it. Not everybody does that, but for money some humans will sink so low. I bet when they are too old to perform, they will end up in a slaughter house. That’s what happened to all race horses, I used to have one , also rescued from slaughter house. He was a beautiful TB with excellent blood lines but did not win in the races so off to a slaughter house in DeKalb, IL (now closed – Thank GOD) I was living in Colorado then, we had him for 5 yrs and he died from colic, it was too late to save him so to ease his pain we put him down. Horses do cry real tears when they hurt. None of us is rich, we just regular folks that do what is right and all for pleasure, saving a life and all the people at the barn where they keep horses,(we have a donkey and a goat there and they get along better than people). Goat is a bratty one and always picks on a one very young horse that we all bottle fed her when her mother died (was rescued from a farm where 11 horses died from starvation). We took turns to come at night to feed the youngster. Today she is 2 yrs old and we all pitch in and pay for her boarding. She is like a puppy, comes in for goodies, and if you hand out something, the goat will jump in and steal it. Other horses protect her even in their pecking order she is excluded from that, she eats
    the best part of hay. Goat eats dandelions and stay by her side all the time. They are best buds you ever saw. I never been to a circus where animals are abused and all for money.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36LNJUIWL6ALEJ7GAR7EHO2SGM Just Me

    In this time of a BAD recession…WHY do we have to keep hearing how RICH the Romneys’ are?? For Gods’ sake!!!! Poeple are starving out there!! Shut the hell up!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.r.mckeown Mary R McKeown

    They should attend WE wont Miss them It will be a day without their lies WE need a break

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36LNJUIWL6ALEJ7GAR7EHO2SGM Just Me

    ,,,and BTW? I am self employed for 35 years, and do quite well…Not a slacker, or a low life!!
    My income is “none of anyones business”.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7QYNQTLHFAT7LNJLSSIQTA33Q4 Caroline

    It might stun ABC, who seems to think they have to explain to us how to pronounce the word DRESSAGE, but it didn’t suprise a lot of Americans who paid big money to watch top world ranked Dressage competition horses at the Kentucky Horse Park when the FEI World Championships came to town. This first time held in USA event, brought many expensive horses to our shores to compete in venues including Dressage, Jumpers, Reining & Vaulting. Does ABC think we live by their news in their paper? Americans flock to horse competitons all over the USA and further afield including the Olympic Games to watch all levels of Dressage horses. If they are very lucky they even might own one themselves. I doubt it would surprise many Americans to know that there is such a thing called Dressage Horses and a Freestyle version of this called Horse Dancing. There is more than the Triple Crown of horse racing out there ABC, maybe you should get out more and enjoy what life has to offer you to report on. We in all the horse venues would love to have you come out and give us some publicity. Did you know there are different breeds of horses as well and some of these individual breeds compete in different competitions as well. Please look around, horses are out there doing more than pulling a carriage around Central Park, and that was not a put down to the horse in Carriage trade.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FPIXHJH6RAGAEU6WEGO4YMPYNY Teleri

    There’s nothing wrong w/spending your money on dressage events – I have a problem w/how he GOT his money! I’m very glad there are monied types out there to keep such activities going.
    Now, as I AM a so-called ‘leftist nutjob’, I do think that it is getting harder & harder to be upwardly mobile – if you are young & want to be rich, I hope you’ve got rich parents….

  • lebanon000

    The outside of a horse is good for the in side of a man or woman. More power to the Romney’s. Imagine the jobs he is creating being part of this equine activity… Farrriers,trainers,veterinarians,feed store workers, bedding suppliers, tack suppliers etc…it’s all puting money back into the AMERICAN economy.

  • ObozoMustGo

    FIVE RULES TO REMEMBER IN LIFE :
    1.. Money cannot buy happiness, but its more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.
    2.. Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastard’s name.
    3.. Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.
    4.. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.
    5.. Reforming an Obama supporter is like trying to pick up a turd by its clean end.

    Have a nice day!

  • http://twitter.com/marionetta marionetta

    “Fat Bottomed Girls”? (The Queen Song)

    Really?

  • Melvin Chatman

    Suggestion Song: The Kanye West /Jamie Foxx hit – “Golddigger” would be an excellent choice for this event.
    Absolute winner – yall check it out – fits the case – jes sayin!!

  • dljones

    You guys are really hurting for things to write about. Anything to say for your favorite democrat s authorizing the half billion EPA “taxpayer donation” to the Fisk Auto fiasco. At least the Romney”s spend their own money.

  • http://twitter.com/HoofHugs Christie Finn

    Dressage is much more than “horse dancing”. It is about learning to move as one with your horse through subtle movements of the weight, posture, leg position. Contrary to popular opinion, most horse owners are not the very wealth. Most horse owners earn between $80,000 and $150,000 a year. Another surprise is that the biggest group of consumers for horses are women in their 50’s whose children have left home. Being with horses whether you are riding them or watching them lifts the spirits. Horses are healers. Witness the work being done with veterans suffering from PTSD, children in high risk situations, autistic children, and many other situations. Horses are extremely sensitive and intuitive, and for people who may have physical limitations they offer a sense of freedom, adventure, and the opportunity to push your limits.

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