The Trakehner is a successful sport horse from eastern Germany, with a very special aptitude for dressage. Its development began hundreds of years ago, when their ancestors were selected as cavalry horses.
However, they've also been used as coaching horses and even for work on the farm. Between 1939 and 1945 the breed went almost extinct due to the Second World War, with only a few of the toughest horses surviving. Today the breed is once again in popular demand. Famous horses include the show jumper Abdullah and the dressage stallion Gribaldi. The dressage legend Totilas is one of Gribaldi's well-performing offspring.