Spanish Riding School Re-Connects with General Patton's Family
Chief rider Johann Riegler poses with James Patton Totten, grandson of General George S. Patton Jr. before the Columbus performance. General Patton was instrumental in "rescuing" the Spanish Riding School mares out of Czechoslovakia at the end of the World War II, as well as protecting the stallions of the school at their evacuation encampment at St Martins in Austria.
Mr. Totten is the editor of the newly published book "The Button Box", a biographical memoir of Beatrice Patton, wife of General Patton and Mr Totten's grandmother. The book does not have information about the Spanish Riding School but it does have fantastic details about the Patton family's passion for horsemanship and riding. You can play polo, ride in the Olympics, and go foxhunting with the famous general in the pages of that book, which is published by the University of Missouri Press and available from your local independent bookstore.
Photo courtesy of Lobeline Communications, Los Angeles.
I saw the show on Sunday afternoon in DC. It was fabulous. I was wondering how the Lippizan were brought to the US from Austia. Was it by ship or by air? Thanks.
They arrived by plane. Click on "September 2005" in the archives in the left-hand column of the blog for an article about how the horses got here.
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