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the handsome gray stallion. He took Lapis as his mount when he returned to the front in 1941.The two were inseparable for three years, covering almost 4,000 miles and enduring continual hardships of war.

After the defeat of the German army, Schmidt-Salzmann had to make his way home from central Russia. Lapis carried him through enemy lines during a frigid Rus-

Lily Creek Diva Dance

After acquiring the beautiful and talented Lily Creek Diva Dance (Sarvar PFF/Dynamos Dancer ox by PR Dynamo ox) from Donna Coss in November 2009, we began looking for an appropriate stal- lion to breed her to. We were concerned about the success we would have using transported se- men, so we decided to pursue an alternative closer to home.

Historical interest in horses, with some research, uncovers the fanci- ful made-for-movie story of the Shagya Arabian stallion Lapis (561 Siglavy II-22/16 Phanomen by 6 Mudir), foaled in 1938 in Yugosla- via. During World War II he was captured by the German forces and sent to the army equitation school at Krampnitz.

There, Cavalry Lieutenant Walther Schmidt-Salzmann fell in love with

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Forage often consisted of straw stolen from thatched roofs as they made their way West. One story relates that Lapis swam alongside his rider’s boat while crossing the Elbe River to escape enemy forces. The courageous Lapis arrived home healthy and sound.

The Cavalry Lieutenant eventu- ally bred Lapis to an elegant

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chestnut mare of Anglo-Arabian bloodlines. This was 68 Fenek V, a Kisber Felver and a gift from the Babolna stud farm in Hungary. The first foal of this breeding was the mare Amsel, foaled in 1947, who founded a popular dam line in West Germany.

The following year’s foal was Burnus (Lapis /68 Fenek V by Fenek V), who proved his ability at the German Olympic Commit- tee eventing stable at Warendorf, where Dr. Reiner Klimke became his rider. Burnus was such an out- standing event horse that an ex- ception was made to accept him as a Trakehner approved stallion.

Burnus became a European warm- blood superstar. The outstanding eventer Habicht (Burnus/Hallo by Goldregen) was sired by Burnus in the Trakehner breeding program and Habicht,


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