During the last presidential election cycle dressage took a hammering from liberal pundits who circled like jackals around Ann Romney and her Olympic contender, Rafalca. It was heartbreaking to witness such vicious assaults on a sport that offers so much joy to riders from all walks of life.
Life is about learning our own limits as much as expanding them. It has been said that if you fail to prepare you are preparing for failure. I had epitomized that by buying a horse I did not have the experience or knowledge to safely ride.
It's easy to obtain corporate sponsorship as a world-ranked gymnast or swimmer. But wanting to fly you and your horse around the globe for international competition? You'd better be either a CEO's family or absolute royalty.
Your wife has a horse entered in the Olympics and you're not going to watch the event, whenever it's even on? This is a statement that rings so patently and idiotically false that it exempts all of his future utterances from the need to be taken seriously, or really even listened to.
The Olympics won't recognize women's ski jumping, but they're just fine with ping-pong and shooting skeet. Blasting clay discs with a 12 gauge is fun, but not athletic. Anything former Vice President Dick Cheney ever did is not an Olympic sport.
It may take a village to rear a child, but it takes more of a kingdom to raise an Olympic event horse. Which is why if you are just part of a rider's family like I am, it is a challenge to get one of Karen's packet of complimentary Olympic tickets.
Mitt Romney made $15,080 every 6 hours in 2010, a year in which he grossed more than $21 million in income. It would take a minimum wage worker 1,436 years and 10 months to make what Mitt Romney made in 2010.