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Henry Schurink


1928 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
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Henry Schurink

1928 - 2016 On Monday August 22, 2016, Henry Schurink passed away surrounded by family at home in Shaftsbury, Vermont. Henry was born in Ittersum, Holland, September 26, 1928. After high school and agricultural College, he studied in the United States as an exchange student with Purdue University. In 1951 he came to the Bennington area working first as a dairyman at Fairdale Farm. Then in 1955, with the help of a local veterinarian, Dr. Molnatti, was able to secure a loan to purchase Doornhof Farm. First known for his award winning dairy herd, Henry and his wife Janet were quickly recognized as talented equestrians. Horse training, boarding, and breeding along with the teaching of the art of riding and horsemanship became the major focus of Doornhof Farm over the next decade. The Schurinks built one of the first indoor arenas in southern Vermont in 1967 finally closing the dairy side of the farm in 1972. At times Henry and Janet managed 100 horses stabled at their farm. Over the years they inspired countless riders of all ages schooling both horse and riders in the disciplines of Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping. The hard working family farm known as Doornhof became analogous with the Schurink name. The Bennington Pony Club was founded in 1968 with Doornhof Farm as its home and Henry as the presiding district commissioner. He held that position for 30 years. Inspiring a great sense of volunteerism, the BPC hosted annual dressage shows and horse trials from 1974 through 1990 at Doornhof Farm. These trials were among the preeminent events of the times and often served as screening trials for the United States Equestrian Teams. Henry was a well known importer of Trakehner and Warmblood horses and brought the first Trakehner stallion, Melos, into the United States in 1961. As one of the founding members of the American Trakehner Association, Henry served as a stallion inspector and conformation judge of the ATA for 40 years. He also made annual trips to Europe and frequented the Klosterhof Trakehner and Landgestut Schwaiganger auctions in Germany, importing over 300 Trakehner and Warmbloods over the same time period. Henry is survived by Janet, his wife of 61 years; his eldest daughter Renetta and her husband David Vanderwerken of Shaftsbury, VT; his son, Jerry and his wife Rebecca Schurink of Grottoes, VA; and youngest daughter Sjaan Schurink of Shaftsbury, VT; three grandchildren Meggi Austin, Erika Vanderwerken and Leah Easley plus five great grandchildren He is also survived by his sister Alli Bultman of Richmond, VA and brother Johan Schurink of the Netherlands. He was predeceased by his parents Hendrick and Gerrie and sisters Gerrie Postma and Gonnie Leenhouts all of the Netherlands A private family gathering will be held at Doornhof Farm where upon Henry's ashes will be spread at a special location on the property. There are no immediate plans for a memorial service. Memorial contributions may be sent to Conquer Cancer Foundation at www.conquercancerfoundation.org Condolences may be sent to the family by writing to 498 LaClair Road, Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262. The Mahar and Son Funeral Home in Bennington is assisting the family during this time.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 24, 2016
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