Dickie Hendriks dies at 75

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Longtime steeplechase enthusiast and participant Richard Joseph "Dickie" Hendriks Jr. passed away Thursday, Oct. 7. The father of trainer Ricky Hendriks was 75.

A lifelong professional horseman, Hendriks was a fixture on the steeplechase circuit and helped launch his son’s career as a steeplechase jockey with long hours prepping such stalwarts as Red Raven and Twin Nora for pony races. Hendriks and his wife, Wendy, operated a small racing and layup stable and won jump races with the hard-knocking Hunt Lane among others.

Hendriks was born in Newark, N.J., the son of the late Richard Joseph Hendriks and the late Effie Watson Hendriks. He is survived by his wife Wendy, his son Ricky and his wife Sanna, his sister Joyce Theriault and her husband Larry, his sister Jean Williams, four grandchildren McLane, Liza, Parker, and Natalie, and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 15 at The Episcopal Church of the Advent, 401 North Union St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the National Steeplechase Museum, 200 Knights Hill Rd., Camden, SC 29020 or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (610-444-4116), Kennett Square, PA. To send an online condolence, visit www.griecocares.com.