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Stephen Colbert Mocks Mitt Romney's Fancy Equestrian Pastime -- Video--Humor!


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Kit
- 807 days ago - alternet.org
It was only a matter of time before Mitt Romney's passion for "dressage," the fancy equestrian pursuit, would come in for some comic scrutiny.



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Kit B. (276)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 11:42 am


It was only a matter of time before Mitt Romney's passion for "dressage," the fancy equestrian pursuit, would come in for some comic scrutiny.

And who better to deliver that comic take than Stephen Colbert, who has some important things to say about Mitt Romney's love of competitive horse riding and the "Rain Main" soundtrack (really, Mitt)?

Enjoy the segment, for the love of the common people.

Go to Visit Site to watch a short but funny video.
 

Aimee A. (177)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 2:58 pm
LOVE Colbert!!! Thanks for posting!
 

Dee C. (214)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 3:55 pm
That was great..Only Colbert could deliver it like that..
Thanks Kit..
Noted..
 

Robert B. (57)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 4:29 pm
Saw it this morning on Hulu, Stewart and Colbert should be considered national treasures.
 

Surunatik WTF (38)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 6:02 pm
I don't want to goof on the 'sport', but I find myself torn between marveling at the beauty of it, and wondering if the horses are truly enjoying it. Although I suspect when treated with respect and patience that they don't mind, they're bred for it. But, Stephen with the foam finger and a beer? Now that's what it's about, oh ya! LOL!
 

Billie C. (2)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 8:16 pm
dressage is not only a sport for the rich, regular people enjoy it too. dressage horses enjoy it or they wouldn't do it. you can't force a horse that doesn't like it.
 

Kathy Chadwell (371)
Wednesday June 13, 2012, 11:52 pm
Say what billie c? animals only do what is NOT in their nature to please their humans, or beaten into submission.
http://blog.dressagefortherestofus.com/2010/03/27/what-is-rolkur-and-why-does-it-suck.aspx

http://suite101.com/article/abusive-horse-training-techniques-a404973

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo8W2fUjdM4
 

Simone D. (1485)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 12:44 am

Thank you Kathy, you go girl!

 

Michael Carney (209)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 1:48 am
I've never heard of dressage, and now knowing what it is, I'm sorry I ever heard of it...And why am I not surprised, that Mitt's not only into "dressage" but owns a Horse who competes...This guy is getting weirder every week...I can't believe the Republicans aren't hanging their heads in shame, that this is what they could come up with....This guy makes watching paint dry interesting...
 

Laura P. (24)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 6:21 am
hilarious !!
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 7:02 am
They had this clip on Lawrence O'Donnell show last night. Being that I hail from Massachusetts I learned that basketball was invented in Massachusetts, something I did not know. I do not know much about this so called sport of "dressage", not sure why it would be considered a "sport" looks more like a "show" to me.

However I did find this out about dressage, as I had learned awhile back about the cruel methods done to the Tennasee Walking Horses. I'll give the information below on what I found.

Dressage is the most common equine sport to be associated with Rollkur, where it has been associated with some elite riders, but it has also been employed in show jumping, and no doubt, in various forms in other competitive equine sports. The practice was banned in 2010 by the FEI- Fédération Équestre Internationale- the international governing body of equestrian (horse) sports. The move followed a widespread outcry against Rollkur, following the release of a video on the internet showing Swedish dressage rider Patrik Kittel riding a horse using Rollkur in warm up for a prolonged period of time. The horse, stallion Watermill Scandic, was seen to have a blue tongue through the pressure being exerted on his mouth. Worse still, though multiple riders were in the arena, none gave the pair a second glance, causing many to wonder just how widely accepted this training technique is in the upper echelons of the dressage world.

Rollkur

The horse is ridden with its jaw forced into its chest so the crest of the neck is higher than the poll and the neck is drastically shortened. With his head in this position the horse cannot see where he is going and is also thought to experience some difficulty in breathing as the flow of air through the nostrils and into the airways is restricted.
Read more at Suite101: Abusive Horse Training Techniques | Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/abusive-horse-training-techniques-a404973#ixzz1xmASgNL7

Sort of goes along with the dog riding on top of the roof.
 

Kathy Chadwell (371)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 9:40 am
You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last week.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 11:09 am
Noted, thanks.
 

DORIS L. (61)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 12:49 pm
Thanks for the laugh!
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 7:34 pm
I do think Romney would look great as Baron Metzengerstein in a cinema version of the Poe Classic.
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Thursday June 14, 2012, 10:18 pm
Very funny.
 

Carlene V. (203)
Friday June 15, 2012, 6:55 am
As usual, Billie C, living in her faux noise dream world, thinks the horse is just having fun and wouldn't perform if it didn't want to. Aw, come on Billie, do you really believe that? So Billie, are you rich or regular? Just wondering.... p.s. you are a poor excuse for a troll (look that one up).
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Friday June 15, 2012, 7:57 am
Noted. I didn't know this. Somehow it suits him. I don't mean that in a good way.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday June 15, 2012, 10:39 am

Right you are Suzanne.

Billie C = The profile you are looking for could not be found. Troll.

 

Diane L. (110)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 2:57 am
Well, couldn't check the article and when I tried, was sent to a link of a story about the miitary. As somebody who is associated with cruelty to their family dog, this was of interest.

Sorry, Dandelion, but you've been a victim of propaganda. Dressage is centuries old and has NOTHING to do with Tennessee Walkers. The word "dressage" is French and means "to train". Rollkur is a relatively new term given to the extreme methods used to achieve suppleness and what some consider a proper "head set". It's not an acceptable method used by all who participate in the sport of dressage. The principles of dressage are used in many disciplines, including reining (what most associate with western riding and Quarter Horses). Same results, same movements, just different speeds and different tack and clothing worn by the riders. There are a couple of YOU TUBE videos which demonstrate this.......a highly successful western exhibitor and an international dressage champion who switch horses and "hats", but nothing else. They ride a pattern "in sync" with each other and do movements at the same time.
 

Diane L. (110)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 3:11 am
Okay, finally got the video to load correctly. Wassup with the military thingey? Anyway, this was funny as HELL and I enjoyed it. I do think Colbert's pretty funny and especially the bit about Romney having a long drive with his horse strapped to the top of his station wagon to get to London.

Where I find this NOT funny is poking so much at the sport of dressage, itself, as if it's just a frivolous pursuit of the rich. It does take a lot of money to get to the top levels, as it does with any sport. What he's not addressing is the time spent and energy involved with the practice and training which takes years and years. Dressage is something not even started until a horse is 6 or 7 years old, often older and there is no age limit. A horse is not past it's prime or too old to compete at 15, 16 or even 20 years of age. "Horse Ballet".......yes,it is. It's beautiful to watch when done correctly, and the freestyle to music is like a symphony. This is not just for snobs. I suggest you check out Eitan Beth-Hallany who is well known as a Morgan Horse trainer and who does exhibitions with them in what he refers to as "Cowboy Dressage". He performs in western clothing, using western tack (saddle & bridle) and most often to Latino music.
 

Michael T. (82)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 6:53 pm
Thankfully there are something on tv that exploit who Romney really represents, and what he represents as a contender for commander in chief. I have noticed over the previous weeks that even NPR and PBS news programs have been showing Romney in a slightly more positive light while showing Obama in a less positive light. The media, in addition to the wealthy buying elections, are grooming things for Romney. Thanks Kit for giving us something to laugh about, and at, especially concerning this very strange guy who thinks he might be able to buy his way into this position.
 
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