Below from FNC’s Carl Cameron:
To: 2012 Candidate Specialists
—Rafalca had a solid performance Tuesday, though Ebeling said he was unhappy with the score of 69.302 percent. The score confirmed that Rafalca won’t advance to the individual medal competition on Thursday
In dressage — or “horse dancing” to Romney’s detractors — horse and rider perform a carefully choreographed routine of movements that showcase the animal’s training: prancing trots, twirling pirouettes and a move called the flying change, which looks like the horse is skipping
Tuesday’s Grand Prix Special event was a harder and longer test than last week’s competition and will decide the team medal. Rafalca and the rest of the U.S. team were in fifth place in the team standings going into Tuesday’s event, while Britain is seeking to end Germany’s half-century domination of the sport.
After the first round of competition, Rafalca was ranked 30th and is not expected to move high enough to qualify for the freestyle round on Thursday.