Ann Romney’s Horse Flies to the London Olympics in Private, Chartered Jet

July 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM 6 comments

Some facts about Rafalca, Ann Romney’s $100,000 hobby horse who is in London to compete in the Olympic dressage there:

Ann Romney’s horse, Rafalca. (Image via

Before she flew to London in early July with her Olympic teammates, Rafalca, whose chartered jet made use of the full length of the runway to ensure a gentle takeoff, stayed at Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, N.J. Once the 5,000-acre estate of the heir to a turn-of-the-century utility baron, the farm is now home to a private golf club and the U.S. Equestrian Team. Here, Rafalca, a 15-year-old German-born mare, lived under a vaulted, tile ceiling in a terrazzo-floored stable with brass fittings.


As Rafalca pursues Olympic glory, she’s become a political punch line. Al Gore’s Current TV put together a comparison of the costs of raising a family and raising a dressage horse. (Family shelter, $16,352; horse, $28,800.)


In 2006, Ebeling brokered the purchase of Rafalca. Neither he nor the Romneys will say what they paid, but Larissa Barilar, who breeds similar horses at High Point Hanoverians in Chestertown, Md., says a mare like Rafalca would have gone for at least $100,000.


In 2010 the Romneys claimed a $77,000 loss on their share of the partnership that owns Rafalca.


What a hobby.


Entry filed under: 2012 Election, Animals (Other Than Us), Republicans, Including Wingers & "Moderates".

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JC for pennies  |  July 17, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    For few seconds there I thought Ann Romney owned Pegasus!

  • 2. beth  |  July 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Poor horses – I would think flying in a plane would just freak them out. I wonder if they have to sedate them first.

  • 3. JC for pennies  |  July 18, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    They probably have to do something, I’m sure. That’s part of the cost I suppose. Transporting them more-or-less intact, physically and emotionally.

  • 4. Mr.B  |  July 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    You have got to be kidding me….a horse!!!…a private jet for a horse!!!….that horse living better than alll of us……to the people thats commenting to this and to the people who have to work a 9 to 5 to support his or her family i have one question….do you all own a private jet or even take trips in a private jet………..i didnt think so… how can mitt romney relate to the middle class when his horse lives better than the middle class …….wake up AMERICA

  • 5. JC for pennies  |  July 29, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    A little slow on the uptake, eh, Mr. B? This has been around for an eternity! Remember, the horse is just a horse and doesn’t even want to be on that plane. The horses doesn’t make the decision to go. They are to be pittied, not assailed because you think they live better than you do. What a kook!

  • 6. William A. Ott  |  October 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Mr. B makes a good point about Romney relating to the middle class. I would like to make a good point about our situation. No mortal can save this country! As long as we pour the trillions into the miltary industrial complex,–like we have been doing for perhaps well over a half century–and continue to interfere overseas, we will continue our downward descent!

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