(WASHINGTON) — Rafalca, the dressage horse that took an elegant turn in the Olympics on Thursday, gets a break this weekend and Ann Romney, a part owner of Rafalca, is off to visit her roots in Wales.
She’ll spend Saturday at an 850-year-old pub, the Old House, in Llangynwyd, Romney aides confirm. There, she will do an interview with NBC News and no doubt mention her coal miner grandfather from Wales.
Wales Online first reported the news and writes that this isn’t the first star turn for the pub. The pub’s proprietors have welcomed Richard Burton and David Bowie as patrons — or punters as the Brits call them — as well.
“This is the biggest thing that has ever happened to us,” Old House landlord Richard Stephens-David told Wales Online. “It’s great for the pub and for the area, after all it’s not often you get a possible future head of state visiting. I just hope she will return the favor if she gets into the White House.”
Mrs. Romney’s grandfather, David Davies, is from Nantyffyllon, Wales, and came to America in 1929. On the campaign trail, both she and her husband often mention him and his struggles in an effort to connect with the audience and dispel Democrats’ attacks that Mitt Romney is out of touch.
Wales Online also reports that Mrs. Romney may visit the graves of relatives in the St. Cynwyd churchyard in Llangynwyd on Saturday.
“I am going to ask if I can make a return visit to the White House for the day,” Stephens-David said, adding that he thinks Mitt Romney is the “man for the job.”
“And Ann will make a superb first lady. Her grandfather from Nantyffyllon had guts and so does she,” he said.
Ann Romney is staying in the U.K. to watch Rafalca and rider Jan Ebeling’s next dressage performance on Aug. 7. Her husband has a campaign event in Las Vegas on Friday as well as a fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Nate Sunderland, EastIdahoNews.com
Euan McKirdy, Bryony Jones and Barry Neild, CNN