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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Rafalca Does Not Advance in Olympic Dressage


LONDON - As he rode into the ring on his horse, Rafalca, the equestrian Jan Ebeling blew a kiss to a few women in the stands he calls the three amigos: his wife, Amy Ebeling; Beth Meyer; and Ann Romney, whose husband, Mitt, is the presumptive presidential candidate for the Republican Party.

They share ownership of Rafalca, a 15-year-old mare, and they were on hand at Greenwich Park on Tuesday morning to see what would be Ebeling and Rafalca's last ride at the London Games.

“I'm really happy with her piaffes,” Ebeling said about Rafalca's moves in the ring after their turn in the Grand Prix Special portion of the dressage finals.

Ebeling and Rafalca received an individual score of 69.302, not enough to advance to the Grand Prix Freestyle on Thursday. By about 4:30 p.m. local time Tuesday, Ebeling and his “three amigos” will know whether they have won a team medal.

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