On September 12, 2007 the extraordinary Chin Chin passed away, he was 29 years old.
Chin Chin competed successfully for more than five years at international competitions including; 5 years at World Cup competitions, two Olympic Games both Seoul and Barcelona and two times at the World Equestrian Games.
Purchased by VDL Stud at the grand age of 24, Chin Chin was imported from Mexico to Holland where he stood at the prestigious VDL Stud until his death.
During his five years in Holland Chin Chin was very popular and had a long lasting influential impact on KWPN breeding. His sons; Zeolte VDL and Zapatero VDL were approved by the KWPN studbook. Every year at the mare shows his daughters have been very successful. In 2006, his daughter Welena VDL became Dutch Free Jumping Champion and Well Born Rilexy placed second in the same Championship. Daughter Zendence VDL became Champion of the 3 years old mares in hand and the filly Chinchinidee was the Dutch Foal Champion. In 2008, Annamieka VDL [Chin Chin x Emilion] was the Vice-Champion at the National Free Jumping Championships in Holland.
Chin Chin’s sire Constant jumped internationally with Dr. Ruping and was a son of the famous Cor de la Bryere and the well known dam ‘Ella’. Chin Chin’s grand-dam was also very active at the international level.
The full sister of Chin Chin produced two approved stallions: Libertino I and II. Other well known stallions from this breeding include: Cordobes, Lordano, and Centimor. Libertino I also jumped internationally.
Chin Chin had a very impressive jumping career. Together with his former owner and rider, Jaime Azcarraga from Mexico, this combination participated for more than five years at international level. In 1988, Jaime Azcarraga won five consecutive times in the North American League on the World Cup circuit and competed in Seoul at the Olympic Games where they placed sixth individually. Four years later, they competed again at the Olympics in Barcelona. In 1990, Chin Chin and Jaime Azcarraga started in the first edition of the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm. In 1989 and 1990, they were placed in the final of the World Cup in both Dortmund and Tampa. At the same time, they competed at international jumping competitions during which the scope, character and the suppleness of Chin Chin always aided his determined but amateur rider.
The offspring of Chin Chin really make the dream of their pedigree come true. Just to mention a few there are; Phin Phin, Cholula, Chapala, Querly Chin, Tolano van het Riethof, Triomphe de Muze, Ta Belle van Sombeke and of course Riot Gun van de Paddenborre, who was winner of the Grand Prix of Lisbon. Tedechine Sept who was placed several times in the GP of Indio, USA.
His offspring place high at horse shows and they sell for high prices in auctions around Europe. In 2004 and 2005, Chin Chin foals were sold for prices between € 8.000 and € 33.000.
Rest in peace dear Chin Chin you were truly extraordinary and will be forever greatly missed!