Olympics Dressage update

I know that the readers of this blog depend on me to keep them updated on Rafalca’s progress in the dressage event, an event that I had never heard of before this Olympics, but which has captured my imagination.

I have to report the sad news that Rafalca blew it big time, and as a result the US dressage team did not make it into the medal round. The news report says that the audience was clearly annoyed by Mitt Romney’s disparaging remarks about the UK during his visit and in his book and seemed to exult in Rafalca’s exit.

Since Rafalca has also not been selected as Mitt Romney’s running mate, she will have to return to a life of relative anonymity, unless she takes the Sarah Palin route and goes full media bonkers and gets her own reality show.

Here (via Progressive Review) are the finals of the 2012 Olympics Dressage event, accompanied by some really informed commentary explaining the finer points of this demanding event.


  1. 'Tis Himself says

    Thank you for this, Mano. Now I understand dressage.

    Well, I think I understand dressage.

    I probably understand dressage.

    I have some idea of what dressage is.

    All right, the only reason I even know how to spell dressage is it’s written in the thread headline.

    Incidentally, there were two upsets in sailing. Spain beat heavily favored Australia to take the Gold in Women’s’ Elliott 6 metre and Sweden edged out the British and Brazilians to win the Gold in Men’s Stars. Not to anyone’s surprise Australia took Gold in Men’s 470s and New Zealand won Women’s 470s.

  2. barbrykost says

    Thank you for posting this. I check your blog often for the interesting perspective you bring to current events, which frequently sparks my interest to learn more.
    With this post, I think I learned all that I need to know about how to snort diet Pepsi through my nose.

  3. Lynn Wilhelm says

    That was hilarious, but not representative of Dressage at all.
    That ring was never big enough and there weren’t nearly enough movements in each test!

    Anyway, we didn’t have any US riders medal in any of the equestrian events this time :-(. If you want to see something more fun, watch the eventing cross-country competition. Galloping and jumping big scary stuff is more fun.

  4. Lynn Wilhelm says

    Oh yeah, the Brits did really well this year. Even beat the Germans in Dressage and that’s tough.

  5. mnb0 says

    This is the best first sentence you produced until now. Period.
    Please keep us informed – as long there is news.

  6. Montana says

    So Willard Mitt Romney tells us that he is a success, its easy when you start with Dad’s money and dad’s contacts (kinda like Trump) and did not do it on your own, but ok, success.

    Willard Mitt Romney tells us that Bain was his first success, a company without a product (unlike Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison among others who created jobs by the success of their products). What’s even funnier Bain owns “Clear Channel” who has under contract both “Rush Limbaugh” and “Glen Beck”, how do you think they will do after the election. Bain preyed on weak companies and even if these companies went into bankruptcy Bain made money (Willard still gets a check from Bain) not to mention the jobs that were outsourced or their dealings with RED CHINA, but ok maybe Willard did not know that Bain was in to that, sure, why not, right?

    Willard Mitt Romney then tells us that his second success is 2002 Winter Olympics. All 2002 Winter Olympics financials have been destroyed, but ok lets take his word, success.

    This is Willard Mitt Romney calling card that what our country needs now is someone like him a supposed successful business man.

    So given all of Willard Mitt Romney, supposed success, don’t you expect to see an extraordinary success in his position as governor of Massachusetts, his one and only public sector job? If you look at the majority of his statements as to why he should be governor of Massachusetts, they almost mirror his current ones, mainly “I am a successful business man”. But when we look at Massachusetts, it was an ordinary mediocrity, to the point that he could only survive one term, that how good this guy was, but ok according to him he was a success.

    Now he wants the top public sector job, hmmm, no not on my watch!

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