Because Equestrian wasn’t a ridiculous enough sport already (seriously, look at that picture), there was an added bout of political controversy. Of course, this is Equestrian we’re talking about, so by controversy I of course mean more silliness. It seems that Ann Romney, wife of the common man’s presidential candidate Mitt Romney, owns a horse (duh) and said horse is competing in this year’s Olympics and oh, the political implications!
So, yeah, Democrats are saying that owning a horse makes the Romneys out of touch with the common folk (because the Democrats are lining up at Target) and the Romneys are saying “sorry, I can’t hear you over all the money we have”. It’s all very fun for those of us who don’t live in the country where these people are actually fighting for power (and I’m sure this silly little election will have NO impact on the rest of the world…right?).
Anyway, sports and stuff. So, the Romney horse, Rafalca (disappointing name, was hoping for something either ignorant or Mormon) was competing in the Individual Dressage today (seriously, Equestrian, be sillier with your names) and it did…okay. It finished 13th with a score of 70.243, which probably means something to someone, thanks to some low scoring from judge K (typical Judge K).
British riders (equesters?) finished one-two in the Individual Ranking Grand Prix (because obviously the British are going to win a sport that requires it’s competitors to wear top hats). I found the whole thing shockingly entertaining, at least from some sort of Monty Python-like perspective and also because the whole Romney Horse angle kind of feels like a real life Onion article.
So that was fun.