[Ann Romney's dressage trainer] Mr. Ebeling was at ease with the wealthy women drawn to the sport of dressage, in which horses costing up to seven figures execute pirouettes and other dancelike moves for riders wearing tails and top hats.Well, OK, "up to." Remember those posts about the Dawsonville Pool Room from a little while back? Well, just down the road is Unicorn Valley Farm, run by a nice lady named Carol. She has horses to sell from around eight hundred bucks up to a few thousand, and will break and train them six days a week for you for $720 a month. If you can't afford a horse but still want to learn, she'll cheaply lease you time on one who knows dressage already. If you do that, or if you already own a horse who knows, the price for human beginners is forty bucks a month. For all of these prices, if you don't have that much money but you or your kids know how to shovel out a horse stall, there's a discount.
She used to sponsor the equine club for the local high school, until the recession hurt her enough that she couldn't afford to give that much time and money to charity any more. Even so, I can promise you that there are a lot of poor girls from Dawson County who know more about dressage than Ann Romney. Nothing against Mrs. Romney: but I've seen some of them ride.