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Egon's Story
Date Created and/or Issued
undated (1960s or later)
Publication Information
Pepperdine University Libraries
Trancas Riders and Ropers [digital resource], Pepperdine University Special Collections and University Archives
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Pepperdine University, Special Collections and University Archives
Trancas Riders and Ropers
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Copyright to material in this collection, in most cases, is retained by Pepperdine University. Materials are intended for educational and research use, and may be used for non-commercial purposes with appropriate attribution. Organizations and individuals seeking to use materials for publication must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. Such parties should contact Pepperdine University Special Collections and University Archives.
"In 1944, Elizabeth Taylor was trained by Egon Merz at his Escondido Beach Ranch called 'Rancho Sea Air,' which he bought in 1941. His ranch was just east of Paradise Cove [Malibu]. Egon trained Elizabeth, Mickey Rooney, and Pie [the horse] in the movie 'National Velvet' in horse jumping events. Egon was a native of Leipzig, Germany. His father trained hundreds of riders before WWI. MGM gave the horse to her after this movie. It was brought to live at Merz's ranch for training. Merz married Antonia Vidor, daughter of 'War and Peace' director King Vidor. Elizabeth was about 16 years old when this movie was made. Egon was born in 1906 and died in 1994. Egon's father won over 300 silver medals for his riding and training horses." [Editor's note: This is a photocopy of a typed biographical sketch of Egon Merz, told in the first-person, apparently by Merz himself. Mr. Smith does not indicate the source of the document].
Horseback riding
Motion picture production & direction
Malibu (Calif.)
Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011
Merz, Egon
Document, 8.5 x 11 inches, 5 pp.
Trancas Riders and Ropers

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