Chatan Hendriks

Chatan started riding at the age of 6 and shortly began competing thereafter. His parents, Clinton and Tammy Hendriks, descend from a family of passionate horsemen. Clinton rode in the army and Chatan’s maternal grand-father was passionate about horse racing. Hence Chatan’s parents were delighted by his interest in horses and fervently support his riding.

As a child, Chatan was a particularly competitive pony rider and competed successfully up the grades to CA. The transition to juniors was not the smoothest as he completed his studies through Cambridge home schooling. In his final year of school, Chatan made the call to further educate himself and refine his skills as a horseman, moving to Holland to work for dressage rider and dealer, Peter Perlee.  Most of Chatan’s time there was spent working on the fundamental basics of dressage/flatwork . During which time, Chatan’s passion for the classical production of horses prospered and he understood this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life- pursue a career in horses.

Upon Chatan’s return to South Africa he made a call to Barry and Lorette Taylor for a position, where Chatan worked before a permanent position became available at top SA Showjumper Sean Henderson. Chatan worked for Sean for just over 2 years,  mostly backing and producing young horses up to 1.20 level. In 2011 Chatan was fortunate enough to earn the support of Ian & Karenza Hunter. The Hunters own numerous horses on which Chatan competes, to mention: Air Holiday’s Piccadilly (produced and competed up to 1.40 level) and Air Holiday’s Cowan House (produced and competed up to 1.50 level). Chatan has two exciting young Callaho horses he is slowly producing for Ian and Karenza who he no doubt feels will be top showjumpers. Chatan and Cowan House jumped their first 1.50 South African Derby in 2014, placed 3rd in the 2015 Outdoor 1.50m Grand Prix, 4th in the 2015 Reonet Revil World Cup Qualifier and placed in the Top 10 Adult High Performance Ranking in 2015.

In 2016 Chatan was once again blessed with the support of Shawné and Stan Goetsch and was afforded the opportunity to acquire his current 1.50 mare, Biogen’s Greta G, who he produced up into open classes. In 2018 the pair won the 1.45 Rider Grand Prix Series and the highlight in Chatan’s  career to date- the title of Reserve South African 1.50m Showjumping Champions.