The World Cup finals for the elite sport of dancing horses
, known as dressage
, opened today in the Netherlands without the presence of two of its most prominent wealthy devotees, Mitt and Ann Romney.
The Romneys' horse, Rafalca, will compete, however, performing to music personally selected by the Republican presidential candidate.
While the rigors of the campaign trail are likely a major impediment this year, political analysts told ABC News another, more important factor may be behind the decision to downplay discussion of her pricey hobby: How it looks.
"Americans don't hate rich people," Hogue said. "Some of our most popular presidents came from personal wealth. [But] his series of missteps … reinforce a common feeling that Romney is so far removed from most people's daily reality that he couldn't address their concerns even if he cared to."