Phone: (610) 299-8516
Location: Coatesville, PA
Occasionally I will school and transition a flat horse to become a steeplechase horse, if I believe that they are well suited to the sport. I believe that steeplechase horses have to be sound, athletic, tractable, have plenty of stamina, a superior airway and a suitable pedigree. If a horse does not check these boxes, I do not try to force steeplechasing on them. It is a very risky sport so I do not run horses over fences that do not belong.
My Experience and Background
I attended Cornell University and graduated with a major in Agricultural Economics and a minor in Animal Science. During and after college I worked for a number of excellent horsemen before training on my own, including Mikey Smithwick and Burley Cocks.
I train a medium-sized string of horses at Fair Hill Training Center. My stable is primarily composed of flat horses, along with a few steeplechase horses. When I do convert a horse to steeplechasing, my son, McLane Hendriks, does the schooling. I feel that it is very important to have a horse well and patiently schooled. McLane is a natural horseman, and he does a great job of schooling young horses.