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Published on Feb 7, 2008
The famous dressage horse, Akhal-Teké 668 Absent, seen here in training. His greatest achievement was in 1960 when he won gold for the USSR at the Rome Olympics under Sergey Filatow and received the highest points of any dressage horse at the Olympics to date. Subsequently, he won bronze in 1964 at the Mexico Olympics and then team gold under Ivan Kalita in Tokyo, 1968. Apart from dressage, Absent also had an aptitude for jumping and is said he could jump 1m 70!
Though his breeding career was relatively short, he represents most of line Arab, the other sub branch being through Alam.