The Rōbert [Cholo] Report (pron: Rō'bear Re'por)

A TRUSTED ASSOCIATE Jan Ebeling with Mitt and Ann Romney. Mr. Ebeling, a top-ranked dressage rider, tutors Mrs. Romney.

As Ann Romney immersed herself in the elite world of riding over the last dozen years, she relied on Jan Ebeling as a trusted tutor and horse scout. In her, he found a deep-pocketed patron.

A taskmaster, Mr. Ebeling pushed Mrs. Romney to excel in high-level amateur shows. He escorted her on horse-buying expeditions to Europe. She shares ownership of the Oldenburg mare he dreams of riding in the Olympic Games this summer. Mrs. Romney and her husband, Mitt, even floated a loan — $250,000 to $500,000, according to financial records — to Mr. Ebeling and his wife for the horse farm they run in California, where the Romneys use a Mediterranean-style guesthouse as a getaway.

The relationship has given the Romneys “the ability to enjoy the horses in a very…

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