By Alicia M. Cohn - 08/02/12 01:38 PM EDT
Rafalca’s and rider Jan Ebeling’s score in the dressage event was 70.213, and Ebeling called the performance “great.” The initial performance put the duo in provisional fourth place, according to the AP.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the liberal group MoveOn.org have both used Rafalca in attack ads that hit the Romneys on their personal wealth.
Dressage has also become the butt of many late-night jokes, although both Ann Romney and Ebeling have said they laughed at the spoofs of a sport sometimes referred to as “horse ballet.”
Ebeling told USA Today he was glad for the media attention.
"It's given our sport an opportunity to be seen," Ebeling said.
Ann Romney has spoken often about her own love of riding and belief in its therapeutic qualities. Romney became a dedicated horsewoman after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998.