Romney in Olympic spotlight with horse competition



LONDON (AP) — Ann Romney, the wife of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is cheering on her horse as it makes its debut at the London Olympics in the event of equestrian dressage.

Romney is part-owner of Rafalca. She watched from the edge of her seat in the VIP section of the Greenwich Park arena Thursday. She gave horse and rider a standing ovation and a wave at the end. Their score of 70.213 put them in fourth place.

The 15-year-old, German-bred mare has been the source of political jokes and Democratic ads questioning how Mitt Romney can claim to know the problems of ordinary Americans when he inhabits the rarefied world of dressage.

Rider Jan Ebeling said Ann Romney had told him before the competition to “Do what you know (how) to do, and do what you do best.”