The great Trakehner stallion, Abdullah who's clear show jumping round won the first team gold medal for The United States Equestrian Team at the 1984 Olympic Games, died from complications due to colic.
"Dooley" had a great life with his loving owners Terry and Sue Williams owners of Williamsburg Farm who purchased the young 2-year-old in 1973. He began his competitive career with Sue doing her love, Dressage, and then some Eventing. His talent for jumping was an ability that could not be denied, and the rest is Olympic and show jumping history.
It was Abdullah and Williamsburg Farm, which were at the foundation of the sport horse breeding trends in The United States. With over 400 offspring many producing championship titles of their own, the legend of the great Abdullah will live on forever.
This photo was taken in 1980, twenty years ago on my first magazine cover shoot for Practical Horseman Magazine, at Valhalla Farm in Florida. It was then I learned that you can't take bad picture of a great horse.