Retired Olympic Horse, FLIM FLAM, Euthanized Following Complications
The retired Olympic horse Flim Flam passed away in Florida last week, following a brief, but irreparable illness. The 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding, owned by Fritz Kundrun and ridden by Sue Blinks, was humanely euthanized on the operating table after discovery of a ruptured stomach on Thursday, October 28, 2004. Flim Flam was only ill for a few hours and seemingly experienced very little pain.
Flim was the horse of a lifetime for me, Blinks said. I am an incredibly lucky person to have shared a career with a horse of such talent and personality. He was extremely happy during his short and well-deserved retirement; it is so very sad that he didnt get to enjoy it longer.
Blinks and Flim Flam were part of several international team competitions, including the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome, Italy, the 2000 Sydney, Australia Olympics and the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain.
Over the years, Flim Flam and Sue were such an important part of our growing success in international dressage, said Bonnie Jenkins, USEF Executive Director of High Performance. We will all miss him and send our condolences to Sue and Fritz in the loss of a great friend.
Team SilverWorld Dressage Championship, World Equestrian Games,
1stFEI Grand Prix Special, Dressage at Devon CDI***, Devon, PA
Team BronzeOlympic Games, Sydney, Australia
Member, USET Senior Dressage Tour
TeamWorld Dressage Championship, World Equestrian Games,
Team Gold Medal, CDIO Hickstead, England
1stGrand Prix Special, CDI-W New England Dressage Association,
The United States Equestrian Federation Inc.(USEF), as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As the countrys largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
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