Peking Died Unexpectedly

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 04:56
Hanna Richter and Peking at the Westfalian Breeders' Sunday Show, two days before the stallion's death :: Photo © NRW

The Westfalian licensed stallion Peking has died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning 28 March 2018. The 17-year old chestnut stallion collapsed after covering at the Coesfeld stallion station. He died of an aortic rupture.

Peking was born in 2001 and bred by the late Johannes Rüter. He is in fact show jumping bred by Polytraum out of Prinzess (by Paradox I x Gottschalk x Ducker). 

He was presented at the 2003 Westfalian Stallion Licensing by Mathieu Beckmann and named premium stallion.  He did his Stallion performance test in Warendorf in 2004 and won with a total score of 136.89 points. He got 121.21 for jumping and 136.90 for dressage.

Despite being show jumping bred, Peking made himself a name as a dressage horse. Under Jan Steiner, he was the reserve Westfalian Young Horse Champion as a 5-year old and qualified for the Bundeschampionate (though he did not compete in Warendorf) in 2006. In 2010 Anja Wilimzig took over the ride and they made their Grand Prix level debut in 2013. Peking helped his rider get the Golden Rider Badge. As of 2016 he has been a schoolmaster for Hanna Richter who showed him at L and M-level.

Peking sired 4 licensed sons (Palmares, Prinzenadel, Puerto Rico, and a nameless one) and and 5 state premium mares. His most famous offspring is Peking Queen, who won the Westfalian Free Jumping Championship and the 2008 Mare Performance Test. Under Caroline Clemens, she's jumping at M-level.

Photo © NRW

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