Tuesday, November 8, 2005

George Patton’s Heir Horsing Around With Lipizzaner Stallions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The descendant of World War II general George S. Patton came face-to-mane with his grandfather’s legacy.

James Patton Totten, grandson of Gen. Patton, was in Columbus, Ohio, last week where saw a Lipizzaner horse for the first time in person – Lipizzaner being the breed his grandpappy is credited with saving before the Nazis slaughtered them all at the end of WWII.

The meeting took place at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna’s Royal Lipizzaner Stallion show currently touring the U.S.

While Totten was born in 1947, two years after his grandfather died, he says when he saw the horses for the first time, he felt a connection with Patton.

In his words, “I can see why my grandfather was intrigued by them.”

He says his family has a fascination with horses, boats and dogs, and while he has dogs and boats, Totten says he doesn’t have horses for one simple reason: “I have no room for horses.”

From now until the end of the tour on December 11, there will be a decedent of Patton’s at each of the five remaining cities on the tour.

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