Romney’s Olympian Horse Isn’t Available for Photos or Interviews

Dutch dressage rider Adelinde Cornelissen performs before winning the Grand Prix Special during the European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam on August 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ANP / ROBIN UTRECHT netherlands out - belgium out (Photo credit should read ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: ROBIN UTRECHT/2011 AFP

Ann Romney's dressage horse will compete in the Olympics on August 2, but in the meantime the United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Olympic Committee have banned interviews with her trainers and prohibited reporters from even seeing her. Those dying to know more about Rafalca will have to settle for this 2,000-word profile in today's New York Times, which traces the horse's roots back to her "stallion of the century" grandfather.