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Jan Ebeling, 53, will compete in his first Olympics with Rafalca, a mare that is owned in part by Ann Romney. (Ann Romney’s Horse Prepares for Olympic Debut - NYTimes.com)

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Jan Ebeling, of the United States, smiles after competing in the equestrian dressage competition with his horse Rafalca, co-owned by Ann Romney, the wife of U.S. Republican presidetial candidate Mitt Romney.

Ann Romney on the campaign trail

Ann Romney is part-owner of a horse which has qualified for the 2012 Olympics in London in the sport of dressage. In an interview on "Face the Nation," Mitt Romney said he was "very pleased" for his wife and the horse's trainer. At left is a picture of the horse, named Rafalca, with Ann Romney and the trainer.

In anticipation of the Olympic debut of Rafalca, Ann Romney's dressage horse, Vetstreet compiled 10 must-know facts for newbie fans about the suddenly trendy equestrian sport.

London 2012 Olympics: Team Dressage

Jan Ebeling, of the United States, rides his horse Rafalca in the equestrian dressage competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in London. Rafalca is co-owned by Ann Romney, the wife of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney

Jan Ebeling of the United States rode the horse Rafalca during the equestrian dressage team event at the 2012 Olympics (NY Times)

Jan Ebeling and Mitt and Ann Romney (photo: Diana De Rosa) ~ Possibly we could have the "1st Horse" in the WH..how cool will that be horse lovers? Won't Rafalca make a gorgeous "First Mare"?

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Why oh why does Romney have to be involved in dressage?! At least Jan Ebeling and Rafalca are a fun loving pair.

Jan Ebeling of the United States celebrates after he competes with his horse Rafalca in the equestrian dressage team competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 7th