Moorpark, Calif. – April 30, 2016 – Rafalca, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team with rider Jan Ebeling, gave birth to her first foal at 11:55 p.m. Friday night. All went smoothly with the delivery, which came a couple weeks earlier than expected, and the new filly is up and about at The Acres in Moorpark, California. Ebeling had hoped to be there for the birth, but is showing at the Del Mar National Horse Show this weekend.
Rafalca, an Oldenburg mare (Argentinius-Ratine, Rubinstein), was bred to Connaisseur, a Dutch Warmblood stallion (Con Amore—Donna Clara, Donnerhall). Rafalca’s career highlights include representing the U.S. at three World Cup Finals (2009, 2011 and 2012) as well as joining the U.S. team for the 2012 Olympic Games, which earned her and her connections a great deal of media attention as the run-up to the Games coincided with the presidential campaign of co-owner Ann Romney’s husband, Mitt.
Conaisseur was bred in Germany and competed with rider Emmelie Scholtens at two Pavo Cups, earning a third-place finish in 2011 and a sixth-place finish in 2012.
Amy Ebeling, Beth Meyer and Ann Romney own the 19-year-old Rafalca in partnership. The mare was retired from competition in a ceremony at the 2014 Central Park Horse Show in New York City.