Abdullah combines two of the most famous postwar breeding lines in his pedigree, that of the stallion Pregel on the sire side, and that of  Maharadscha on the mother side. Both with significant Arabian blood lines from the mutual great-grand sire Fetysz ox.As state stud sire in Marbach Pregel had considerable influence on the changes in breeding emphasis to a concentration of riding horses in Baden-Wurttemberg horse breeding. Apart from Donauwind, he brought 8 further approved sons for the Trakehner breed. Abdullah’s sire Donauwind with his characteristics features, is one of the most influential hereditary transmitters of riding horses in Trakehner breeding. He was exported to Canada in 1965 and is the sire of a large number of sport horses, among which Fabian (stallion) European Dressage champion 1980, Matador, Incitatus, Lucado, Mark and Amateur I. Abdullah’s dam Abiza goes back to the line of Arbeitgeberin, one of the mares involved in the re-establishment of the Trakehner breed in the West after World War II. Abiza is a Maharadscha daughter, the later having had a considerable effect on Trakehner breeding via his son Flaneur and his grandsons Arogno and Mackensen. In foal with Abdullah, Abiza was sold to Canada, where apart from Abdullah, she produced a further 5 progeny who were successful in international showjumping and eventing, including the approved stallion Amiego (by Handel) Bronze Medal winner of the 3-Day Event at the Pan-American Games, Aida, International Grand Prix winner under the Canadian colours, Archibald, winner of the International 3-Day Event for Canada, Anton, qualified for the 3-Day Event at the Barcelona Olympic Games, and Adrian Grand Prix jumper for the USA. This bloodline also brought forth the stallion Abisko (a private stallion in Holstein).

Abdullah is the most successful showjumper in the history of Trakehner breeding. Under his rider Conrad Homfeld, he won inter alia, team gold and individual silver medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He was the 1985 World Cup Winner in Berlin, best horse of the 1986 World Championships in Aix-La-Chapelle and multiple Prize of Nations winner in the American team Abdullah was approved in 1985 by the Trakehner Association as a result of his performance achievements. His impressive show record includes in 1980 winner of the Cleveland Grand Prix, the Cheltenham Gold Cup Grand Prix, (also in 1982) the Detroit Jumper Classic Grand Prix, the Boston Grand Prix, the 1983 Rome Grand Prix. In 1987 Abdullah was 1st in the Dinard Grand Prix, and the New Hampshire Grand Prix. Before starting showjumping Abdullah was an accomplished Dressage and event horse.


Abdullah’s progeny are found through the world. Two sons Abracadabra, and Airborne Monticello, are already in the hoofsteps of their famous father in international showjumping. In Germany Abdullah’s daughter Pochette, sovereignty won the broodmare test in Telgate. His progeny regularly bring top prices at the elite auctions, as with Regensburg, the most expensive filly foal which brought a top price of DM 18,000 (£6275) at the 1991 Neumunster auctions. In France Capdula du Tillard, and Un Beerenauslee, both stallions are jumping very successfully at Grand Prix level. In the US and Canada Abdullah’s offspring are numerous and include well over 400 offspring throughout the country. By 1987, three of these offspring had received the highest honor in the United States, winning the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year Award for their division. Gabriel was the Regular Working Hunter Champion in 1985,1985 AHSA Horse of the Year Reg. Wkg. Hunter1983-87 AHSA Top 5 in the Nation. Home by Dark was the 2nd Year Green Hunter Champion in 1986 and Elfin Magic was Champion 1st Year Green Hunter in 1987.

Rudiger ATA Approved stallion1994 Dressage Winner at Third & Fourth Levels: Adulation 1989 International Jumper Futurity Final Top Ten,1991 AHSA Horse of the Year - Am. Owner Hunters: Kirin, 1990 International Hunter Futurity Grand Champion, Donauland, 1991 International Jumper Futurity Top Ten Finalist,1992 International Jumper Futurity Competition Winner for 5 Year Olds,1993 International Jumper Futurity Top Ten Finalist 5-7 Year Olds, Abracadabra, 1992 International Jumper Futurity Top Ten Finalist,1994 Preliminary & Intermediate Jumper Champion,1993 Trng. Level Horse of The Year WNY Dressage Association, Grand Prix winner, Special Memories, 1991 International Jumper Futurity Five Year Old Champion, Approved ISR Breeding Stallion, Approved ATA Breeding Stallion, Pearl Peak, 1993 International Jumper Futurity Champion 5-6 Year Old,1994 Open Jumper Multiple Class Winner, Agincourt, 1993 International Jumper Futurity 4 Year Old Top Ten Finalist, Airborne Monticello, 1994 Intermediate Jumper Champion, Open Class Winner $50,000 (£33,000) Newport Grand Prix, 2nd 1995 Pan Am Games Ind. Silver,1995 Pan Am Games Team Bronze.


MiltonMilton was the first showjumper to ever win over £1million in prize money.
He was a 16.2hh grey Trakehner bred gelding, ridden by John Whitaker and had such amazing charisma and talent that all the equine world fell in love with him. He was a superstar and rose to every occasion, jumping the most complex of courses with ease.
In his 9 year jumping career Milton won two World Cup Finals, two team golds, an individual gold, and a team and individual silver at the European Championships.

Born in 1977, Milton was bought by Caroline Bradley from the breeder John Harding-Rolls as a weanling. Son of the International show jumping stallion the Dutch bred Marius out of an English mare Aston Answer (by Any Questions), who had competed at Grade A national level and who herself was out of a show jumping mare Pennywort (1970 Foxhunter Champion) by Top Walk, Milton was bred to jump.

Marius was by the Trakehner stallion, Marco Polo.  Marco Polo was one of the foundation sires of the modern Dutch Warmblood sporthorse. Bred by R. Rosenau, Germany. Exported to Holland in 1964. He was introduced to the Dutch breeding program in 1965. He became one of the greatest sires of the Netherlands, famous for his hereditary jumping talent and obliging character. He sired many international showjumpers and also a number of approved sons and producing daughters.

When Milton was young Miss Caroline Bradley told her parents he would be her Olympic mount. She trained him until her death in 1983, after which many offers were made to her parents to buy the talented animal. Stephen Hadley rode Milton for a short time, before he became a mount of the world-renowned international rider John Whitaker.

It was with John Whitaker, between the years 1985 to 1994, that Milton was most successful. The grey had many international victories, and became the first horse outside the racing world to win more than £1 million in prize money. Throughout his career, Milton rarely touched a rail or refused a fence. The gelding was a favorite with the crowd, many times ending a successful round with a great leap into the air. It was clear that he loved being a show jumper. Even after his retirement at the 1994 Olympia Horse Show, he was adored by all. John once said about Milton, "Simply The Best"

Milton died July 4, 1999. He was buried on the Whitaker's farm in Yorkshire.

Pepel, A True Legend of Russian Dressage

PepelPepel is not just a famous dressage horse of the past, he is one of the few true legends of his sport. His story is not only one of extraordinary consistent success, but also one of strong Russian Trakehner breeding, one of glorious times for dressage in the former Soviet Union and one of their past talent scouting system.

Twenty years ago Rembrandt danced to Olympic gold in Seoul but Pepel was a dancer of similar kind: he fascinated dressage lovers and experts all over the world. This fairytale looking horse was born in 1956 at the famous Kirov Stud. There many of the Trakehner horses which the Russians brought home from Germany after World War II had found a new home and were successfully used for breeding sport horses.