Hendershot New Millennium Haflingers is home to a Dutch Import, Silver Classified, National Grand Champion stallion. Just as mares are classified for breeding reasons with the American Haflinger Registry, stallions are also classified in gold, silver, purple, and white categories. For the year 2013, only six stallions were classified as gold and only thirteen mares received the gold classification. This was out of 817 horses inspected!
Sire and Dam: Dutch National champion Notaris and Jessica an Elite mare.
Age: 15 year old stallion
Height: 14.3 hh
Favorite Food: Carrots
Tricks: Nando will bow for carrots!
Personality: Nando is quite the character, loves attention and will bug you until he gets it.
Likes: He like to get well groomed, clipped, and bathed, and then go out and have a good roll in the mud.
Discipline: English, Western, Dressage, Trail, Carriage Driving, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Team Penning, Reining, Over Fences
The goal of Deb Parker and Bill Hendershot was to prove exactly how versatile a well-bred Haflinger could be. . .and that is exactly what they did! Nando was trained and shown in everything they could possibly think of.
The Hendershots discovered Haflingers in 1999 when they were looking for a fun driving horse. Previously, they had National and World Champion Quarter Horses and Paints. The first Haflinger they had has been donated to handicap riding program. They started researching more and more of the breed and eventually imported Nando.
When Nando was a three year old, he won his halter class, then went on to be Overall Grand Champion stallion at the American Haflinger Registry Nationals. That same day, he also won BOTH his English Pleasure and Western Pleasure classes at Nationals. That had never been done before and it has not been done since.
The Hendershots goal is for Nando to continue to sire Haflingers that are as versatile as he is. So far, many of his offspring have been Silver Classified. They show several of his offspring who have been successful in receiving High Point in the nation in Driving, some 4H State Champions, and some ADS Driving Champions in Combined Driving.
It is great to see Nando and his offspring being so successful in their lives. He seems like such a great overall horse who does a little bit of everything!