Board of Directors
Roles and Responsibilities of the KWPN-NA Board of Directors:
Willy Arts, Chair
A native of the Holland, Willy Arts rode the Reserve Champion of the 1982 Stallion Dressage Competition and the Champion of the 1983 Stallion Competition. While still in Holland, one of the stallions he trained was Champion of the Hundred Day Stallion Testing in 1983, another was Reserve Champion in 1982. Willy also rode the Under Saddle Champion in 1982, 1983, and in 1984 at Noord Holland, Utrecht, and Noord Brabant.
Following five years of intensive training at the Nederlands Hippishch Centrum in Deurne, Willy moved to California and began an association with DG Bar Ranch in Hanford, CA, were he manages the entire horse operation. His extensive show career includes dressage, hunter-jumper and eventing. He showed stallions Wanroij and Volckmar at Intermediare I and Grand Prix levels.
Willy oversees the breeding operation at DG Bar Ranch and because of his knowledge of the WPN horse and pedigrees, he has been very successful in combining sires and dams to produce top sport horses. Along with horses out of the DG Bar breeding program, he also imports horses from Holland at all levels. He prepares approximately 20 young horses for the keuring each year and has presented several successful stallion candidates.
His students have been on Medal teams for the Young Riders as well as the Junior Young Riders.
Dan Ruediger, Vice Chair
Dan Ruediger has been involved with a number of boards of directors and/or committees/steering committees. He is currently President of a regional land use/farm preservation group called "Citizens for Farmland Preservation". Dan works for American Express and is a member of many professional groups related to financial planning/business planning.
Before coming on the Board of Directors, Dan served on the MC for four years.
Judy Reggio, Secretary
Judy has been involved with horses most of her life. She holds a BS in Physical Education, was a US Pony Club Board Member, as well being a member of USDF, USEF, USET, USCTA, several regional dressage & eventing organizations, the NAWPN and the NAWPN Advisory Committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Meadow Brook Hounds PC. But most of all, Judy is a "people person" who enjoys sharing her knowledge.
Judy has bred and worked with Dutch horses since 1989. She has bred numerous Top Ten offspring and been nominated for Breeder of the Year. She imports frozen semen from Holland and goes to the KWPN Stallion Show whenever possible. She has attended most Annual Meetings and Keuringen. She has been an active contributor, promoter, supporter and member and is passionate about Dutch horses.
Judy knows where this organization has been and knows the potential for the future and hopes her knowledge and ideas can help the KWPN-NA grown and maximize its potential.
Susan M. Taylor, Treasurer
Susan Taylor and her husband Waino Pihl live in Ithaca, MI, where they operate a 35-horse business that includes eight quality broodmares. They started breeding Dutch horses in 2000, when they imported their first mares from Holland. Their young horses have place in the Top Ten consistently and their oldest offspring are now entering the show jumping ring. Susan also has a finance and accounting background and has been a manager in a Fortune 500 bank and insurance company. She has served on a variety of boards, at times as treasurer. She is a member of the US Pony Club, USEF and Certified Property Casualty Underwriters.
Susan has true love for sport horses and a deep interest in improving the quality and image of US bred Dutch Warmblood sporthorses as well as exploring different avenues for marketing the horses. She will work on enhancing the visibility of the KWPN and its horses in North America.
Christine Wemyss is a resident of New York and has a varied and extensive background in horses. She is a successful breeder, trainer, stallion owner and former show jumper rider. Christine has been breeding Dutch Warmblood horses for the past 18 years. She is also a practicing Registered Professional Nurse, but her passion and devotion is with horses.
Christine has also been an active and successful participant in Sport Horse Breeding Classes and inspections both in the USA and in the Netherlands. She has had a number of stallions participate in the 100 Day Stallion Performance Test here and abroad all finishing in the top third of the group.
One of the more accomplished products of her breeding program is the Approved stallion Idocus who is a successful Grand Prix Dressage Competitor and the first and only stallion to be first approved by the NA/WPN then successfully presented and approved by the KWPN in the Netherlands. Idocus participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics. A recent addition to Christine's breeding program is the young KWPN Approved stallion Pyriet (Ferro x Ramiro x Roemer). She is currently in the process of completing the USDF program for her Sport Horse Breeding Judges License.
Roy St. John Maher
Roy has been involved with horses all of his life. A native of England, he rode in both the UK and Ireland, a passion passed down from his parents. After moving to Canada, Roy met his future wife Michelle through their mutual love of horses and together they own and operate Prima Equestrian, a full service breeding and training facility close to Toronto, Ontario.
Roy and Michelle have been breeding Dutch Warmbloods since 1998 and also import both frozen semen and horses at various levels for clients. Currently they are Silver Level breeders with the KWPN-NA and their breeding program has produced many Top-Five horses including several North American Champions.
Roy’s professional career is in telecommunications engineering. He has overseen the design of many large multi-national corporations communication networks and is currently Operations Director for a global vendor providing both wire-line and mobile solutions to international carriers. Roy has devoted time to many work related boards and committees as well as being Chair of the Black and Orange charity Ball for several years.
A keen photographer, Roy has attended many international equine events as an accredited photographer. He rides his homebred Dutch Warmbloods Sputnik P and Empress Chin P, enjoying what has been a lifelong passion with horses.
J. Ashton Moore
J. Ashton Moore, from San Juan Bautista CA, is the Co-Founder and former Executive Director of the Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (KWPN-NA). He is also the co-founder and Technical Advisor of the American Vaulting Association. As a successful competitor, he holds the Bronze, Silver and Gold medals of the U.S. Dressage Federation.
He is an AHSA Senior Dressage Judge, FEI Official Vaulting Judge, AHSA Senior Vaulting Judge, AHSA Sporthorse Breeding Judge and a former AHSA Hunter and Jumper Judge. He is a National Judge Trainer and a National Judge Examiner for dressage and vaulting in the USA and Internationally. He has conducted National Dressage Judges' Forums, National Vaulting Judges' Forums and International Vaulting Judges' Forums.
Besides conducting riding clinics and judges' seminars he conducts specialized seminars in: Equine Biomechanics, Rider Biomechanics, The Learning Process in Horses, Handler's Clinics, Sporthorse Breeding Seminars.
The late Elizabeth Searle, of San Juan Bautista, CA, is an active instructor and judge. She was a successful competitor in Hunters, Jumpers, 3-Day Event, and Dressage.
She was the first woman to judge the National Mare Show in the Netherlands and has served on the Keuring Jury of the American Holsteiner Horse Association as well as being a member of the NA/WPN Jury from 1985 to 1999. She was also Chairman of the USDF Judges Committee and technical adviser for the California Dressage Society and the California Quadrille Association.