DSHS Horse of the Year: Hello Senator!
24 December 2020
The Carambole offspring Hello Senator has developed in to one of the best ambassadors for the Dutch Sport Horse Sales. After winning the bronze medal at the World Championship for young showjumpers with Luc Steeghs, this Dutch bred horse got successfully introduced to his current rider Scott Brash. Together they have already achieved outstanding results and that’s why Hello Senator is the 2020 DSHS Horse of the Year!
Hello Senator was formerly known as Everest and was bred by Bart Henstra from Drogeham. Together with his partner Pytrick Adema he trained the Carambole offspring for the KWPN stallion approvals, where he caught the eye of Paul Hendrix. Everest could not make an impression on the stallion committee and where one doors closes, another one opens. Paul was able to purchase this diamond in the rough.
Michel Hendrix still remembers the feeling that Everest gave as a four-years-old. “He was definitely a horse with a lot of potential. At that age he was still a bit green but because he gave such a good feeling, we have selected him for the Dutch Sport Horse Sales.” Monah Hechme from Libanon purchased Everest in the auction and she made him continue his training at Stal Hendrix. “Luc Steeghs and Timothy were riding him in the international classes and also Monah did a couple of shows with him.” In 2016 he took part in the World Championship for seven-year-olds and took home the bronze medal.
A few months later, by mediation of Nick Skelton, Everest was sold to Scott Brash’s sponsors Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham. Under his new name Hello Senator he debuted with his new rider in Oliva 2017. “Since then, Hello Senator has made a lot of great advertisement for our auction. We really enjoy all the good performances of Scott and Hello Senator. Such as his victories in the Grand Prix and other classes of Saint Tropez, a second place in the Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva and a third place in the World Cup of Stuttgart”, tells Michel Hendrix. “It’s amazing to see such a good horse ending up in the hands of one of the best riders in the world. We are grateful to have been part of Hello Senator’s journey and can’t wait to see what the future brings for our DSHS Horse of the Year!”