‘Fabulous’ ending for Romney
LONDON — Ann Romney said her horse Rafalca had another ‘‘fabulous’’ ride at the Olympic team equestrian dressage competition and that she’s thinking of breeding the German-born mare when she stops competing in a year or two.
Rafalca, the 15-year-old bay that has inspired political jokes about Mitt Romney’s wealth and Republican presidential ambitions, had a solid performance Tuesday but didn’t advance to the individual medal competition Thursday.
‘‘It was wonderful,’’ said Romney, who rides as part of her therapy for multiple sclerosis.
The Romneys’ visit to London was clouded by the GOP candidate’s gaffe upon arrival at the start of the Olympics, when he said Britain’s preparations for the Games were ‘‘disconcerting.’’
The comment rallied the British behind their Games and forced Romney to backpedal.
In an indication his sin was not yet forgiven, the Guardian newspaper headlined its coverage of Rafalca’s debut: ‘‘Ann Romney’s Horse Fails to Win Dressage but Avoids Offending British.’’