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August 4, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Never mind the tight presidential race. It was always going to be a long-shot for this Romney. Rafalca, the 15-year-old mare co-owned by Ann Romney, was never expected to be a top finisher at the 2012 Summer Games in London. “Medal hopes for the U.S. are slim,” said Kenneth Braddick, who covers Olympic equestrian events for Dressage News . “Gold and silver will be fought out between Great Britain and Germany, with the Netherlands, Denmark and USA, in that order, tussling for bronze.”  Great Britain's first-place standing has been the surprise of the competition; Germany has dominated Olympics dressage since 1984.
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August 7, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Too bad they don't give out Olympic medals for garnering attention. If they did, Ann Romney's horse, Rafalca, would have been a shoo-in for gold, as the horse's presence in the dressage competition at the London Games generated international publicity for the rarefied sport. As it turned out, though, this was not Rafalca's moment to shine. The 15-year-old mare, ridden by Ann Romney's trainer, Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, was eliminated from competition Tuesday, finishing 28th out of a field of 50 horses and riders in the Grand Prix Special.
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NEWS
July 29, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
First, there was the headache over the dog . Now, the horse . When it comes to animals, the Romneys can't seem to win. In what many felt was a disastrous interview with NBC's Brian Williams on the eve of Friday's opening ceremony for the Olympics, Mitt Romney first insulted the British people by expressing concern about security preparations and the excitement level of the citizenry. (That led to widespread mocking in the British media , a poke by London Mayor Boris Johnson and a sideways swipe by Prime Minister David Cameron.)
NATIONAL
August 4, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Never mind the tight presidential race. It was always going to be a long-shot for this Romney. Rafalca, the 15-year-old mare co-owned by Ann Romney, was never expected to be a top finisher at the 2012 Summer Games in London. “Medal hopes for the U.S. are slim,” said Kenneth Braddick, who covers Olympic equestrian events for Dressage News . “Gold and silver will be fought out between Great Britain and Germany, with the Netherlands, Denmark and USA, in that order, tussling for bronze.”  Great Britain's first-place standing has been the surprise of the competition; Germany has dominated Olympics dressage since 1984.
NEWS
July 31, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
Smartphone users will be the first to know who Mitt Romney has chosen as his vice presidential pick, the Romney campaign said Tuesday as it unveiled a new smartphone app. Mitt's VP app, available for Apple and Android devices , promises “an exclusive notice of his VP selection before anyone else,” according to an email to supporters from campaign adviser Beth Myers. It will unveil “America's comeback team,” the Romney campaign's name for the GOP ticket. On the site for the app is this pitch: “It's a question everyone's asking: who will be Mitt Romney's VP?
NATIONAL
July 25, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
LONDON -- Mitt Romney's visit to London this week for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Gameswas meant as a reminder of one of his signature achievements: turning around the 2002 Salt Lake City Games after they were mired in scandal. But during his first televised interview abroad, Romney fielded a string of questions from "NBC Nightly News" host Brian Williams on topics that his campaign would rather skip at the start of a foreign tour intended to show the candidate's agility on the international stage.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
LONDON - Mitt and Ann Romney arrived in London showing their U.S.A. colors as they prepared to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, but given the tight security encircling them, it seemed unlikely they would be spotted by many expatriate or English fans outside of their public events. The hotel where the Romneys are staying, which overlooks Hyde Park and is hosting many top Olympics officials, was a virtual fortress of security Wednesday afternoon, shortly after the Romneys arrived.
NEWS
August 7, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Too bad they don't give out Olympic medals for garnering attention. If they did, Ann Romney's horse, Rafalca, would have been a shoo-in for gold, as the horse's presence in the dressage competition at the London Games generated international publicity for the rarefied sport. As it turned out, though, this was not Rafalca's moment to shine. The 15-year-old mare, ridden by Ann Romney's trainer, Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, was eliminated from competition Tuesday, finishing 28th out of a field of 50 horses and riders in the Grand Prix Special.
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June 12, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A decade after Mitt Romney ran the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, it looks like another Romney may have a go at the Games. Last week in Gladstone, N.J., Ann Romney's mare, Rafalca, and Jan Ebeling, the Moorpark, Calif.-based rider she sponsors, did well enough at the first of two Olympic trials, spread over two weekends, that they almost certainly will be headed to the Summer Olympics in London as part of the U.S. equestrian team ...
NEWS
June 16, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Ann Romney's dressage horse, Rafalca, and her trainer, Jan Ebeling, earned a place on the U.S. Olympic Equestrian team on Saturday, cementing the Romneyfamily's already deep ties to the Olympic games. The official announcement is expected to come Sunday by the U.S. Equestrian Federation. Rafalca and Ebeling will compete for the U.S. in the London Summer Games. The Romneys' involvement in dressage has raised the profile of the sport, linking it to the American presidential campaign in a way that has brought both adulation and mild ridicule as some have poked fun at dressage as a sport of the elite.
NEWS
July 31, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
Smartphone users will be the first to know who Mitt Romney has chosen as his vice presidential pick, the Romney campaign said Tuesday as it unveiled a new smartphone app. Mitt's VP app, available for Apple and Android devices , promises “an exclusive notice of his VP selection before anyone else,” according to an email to supporters from campaign adviser Beth Myers. It will unveil “America's comeback team,” the Romney campaign's name for the GOP ticket. On the site for the app is this pitch: “It's a question everyone's asking: who will be Mitt Romney's VP?
NEWS
July 29, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
First, there was the headache over the dog . Now, the horse . When it comes to animals, the Romneys can't seem to win. In what many felt was a disastrous interview with NBC's Brian Williams on the eve of Friday's opening ceremony for the Olympics, Mitt Romney first insulted the British people by expressing concern about security preparations and the excitement level of the citizenry. (That led to widespread mocking in the British media , a poke by London Mayor Boris Johnson and a sideways swipe by Prime Minister David Cameron.)
NATIONAL
July 25, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
LONDON -- Mitt Romney's visit to London this week for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Gameswas meant as a reminder of one of his signature achievements: turning around the 2002 Salt Lake City Games after they were mired in scandal. But during his first televised interview abroad, Romney fielded a string of questions from "NBC Nightly News" host Brian Williams on topics that his campaign would rather skip at the start of a foreign tour intended to show the candidate's agility on the international stage.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
LONDON - Mitt and Ann Romney arrived in London showing their U.S.A. colors as they prepared to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, but given the tight security encircling them, it seemed unlikely they would be spotted by many expatriate or English fans outside of their public events. The hotel where the Romneys are staying, which overlooks Hyde Park and is hosting many top Olympics officials, was a virtual fortress of security Wednesday afternoon, shortly after the Romneys arrived.
OPINION
July 5, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
No way around it: That photo of Ann and Mitt Romney sitting tandem on a Sea-Doo in New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee is pretty darn cute, and not really what you'd expect from sexagenarian parents of five and the grandparents of a “bevy” of Romneys, as the Republican presidential candidate put it Wednesday during a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, N.H. The Romney campaign is so controlled it's hard to imagine that the couple did...
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Ann Romney gets her say tonight about the increasingly urgent - or from her perspective, unreasonable - demands for the release of her family's tax returns. After briefly dropping off the political radar, questions that have dogged presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney are back: How has he paid over the last decade in federal taxes? Will he prove it by releasing more than two years of returns? On the trail Thursday, The Times' Michael Finnegan reported that Romney swatted down the accusation (as advanced and re-advanced by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid)
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