On the morning of February 3, 2003, the renowned Swedish Warmblood stallion Flyinge Amiral unexpectedly passed away. The chestnut licensed stallion dropped to his feet and died almost immediately at GW Ranch in California, USA. Owner Heike Albert is devastated. "He was being lead to the breeding shed for his scheduled freeze, when he drooped and was unable to get up. He died minutes later in my hands, " Albert reports. Flyinge Amiral probably died of an apparent heart attack or ruptured aneurysms. He was 18-years old.
Flyinge Amiral was only recently brought to the United States with the help of Peter Ljungcrantz, Dr. Fredricson, and Carol Reid. He was stationed at GW Ranch in Valley Center, California. Flyinge Amiral made his Grand Prix dressage debut in 1995 under Kyra Kyrklund. They placed 11th individually at the European Championships in Luxembourg. and competed at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta He went on to the Sydney Olympic Games with Peter Markne. He also competed in the Gothenburg International Horse Show 2001 and finished 4th and 5th in the invitational dressage.
by Astrid Appels of Eurodressage.com