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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Read about General Patton's Rescue of the Lipizzans in the November EQUUS

Would you like to know what really happened at the end of World War II? Read my article in the November 2005 edition of EQUUS (call 301-977-3900 to order the back issue or pick it up at a tack shop near you). It details the rescue of the Spanish Riding School and, by extension, the Lipizzan breed, by the US Army in 1945. I focused on the involvement of US General George S. Patton Jr. (shown in photo with his constant companion throughout the war, English bull terrier "William the Conqueror", aka "Willie").

This rescue was fictionalized (somewhat) for the Disney film Miracle of the White Stallions. The movie was made in the 1960s but is still great to watch today. Your local library probably has a copy of the video. It is a great preview to the performances in the USA, which are dedicated to the generosity of Patton and the US Army.


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