Board of Directors
Roles and Responsibilities of the KWPN-NA Board of Directors:
- Transact the general business of the Organization.
- Have and may exercise all powers and authority in the management of the business and affairs of the Organization in such manner as the Board may deem best for the interests of the Organization.
- Establish major administrative policies governing the affairs of the Organization and devise and develop policies for the Organization’s growth and development.
- Provide for the maintenance of a national office and for making such office the center of activities of the Organization, including work of the officers and committees that is deemed expedient.
- Provide for the proper care of materials, equipment and funds of the Organization, for the payment of legitimate expenses and for the annual auditing of all account books by a certified public accountant.
- At its discretion appoint an Office Manager or other employed officers and define the duties and fix the compensation for these positions.
- Appoint standing committees as provided in these regulations. Board committees shall be organized, and committee members selected from among the Board members, at the discretion of the Board and by vote of the Board on a yearly basis.
- Appoint special committees as may be needed.
- Interface with the KWPN in Holland and ensure activities are upholding the KWPN licensing agreement.
- Determine the date and place for holding the Annual Meeting.
- Record referendum votes of the Board and general membership.
- Upon expiration of their term, promptly surrender all Organization property in their possession.
Roy St. John Maher, Chair
Occupation: Roy's professional career is in Telecommunications Engineering, he is currently Operations Director for one of the largest global equipment and technology vendors. He leads the design and stability of multi-national corporations and carriers networks. He is also the owner of Prima Equestrian, Gold Level KWPN-NA breeders.
KWPN-NA Activities: Roy joined the Board of Directors in 2011 and has served as Vice Chair since January 2015. Since joining the board, Roy has been heavily involved in the adoption of the new KWPN database and registration systems which give members access to significant information and improved office functions. Roy along with his wife Michelle have been breeding Dutch Warmbloods for 20 years and also import both frozen semen and sport horses at various levels for clients, as well as having sales of home bred KWPN horses throughout the world.
Currently, they are Gold Level KWPN breeders and their breeding program has produced many Top-Five horses including several North American champions. They have hosted KWPN-NA keurings at their farm, Prima Equestrian, for the last 10 years.
Background: 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 and Michelle founded Prima Equestrian, a full service breeding and training facility close to Toronto, Ontario.
A keen photographer, Roy has attended many international equine events as an accredited photographer. He rides his home bred Dutch Warmbloods enjoying what has been a lifelong passion with horses.
Meghan de Garay, Vice Chair
Occupation: Breeding Manager, Iron Spring Farm
KWPN-NA activities: For nearly 30 years, Meghan has helped organized the KWPN keurings at Iron Spring Farm. In 2006, she was named Member of the Year, which recognized her contributions to the organization for almost two decades. Meghan joined the Board of Directors in 2015, adding to her involvement with the KWPN-NA Stallion Service Auction, the inaugural KWPN-NA Horse Auction and the KWPN-NA Stallion Committee, a duty she’s enjoyed since its inception. In addition to her formal roles, Meghan participates in the keurings as an owner and breeder of dressage and jumper horses.
Background: Meghan has been involved with horses and horse breeding her entire life. She grew up on a small Standardbred breeding farm where she learned firsthand about the tribulations and rewards of life with horses. In 1983, at her first job out of school, Meghan met her first KWPN horses. She became hooked on the breed and the KWPN-NA registry. Since then, she has spent her life surrounded by KWPN horses.
Meghan served on the Board of Directors of the German Shepherd Rescue of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and was a member of the USEF Horse ID Task Force. She has experience in the day-to-day operations of a large horse breeding farm, as well as marketing, office management and working with social media.
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.
Sandra Harper, Treasurer
Occupation: Sandy has a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. She ahs experience in strategic planning, as well as strong management skills along with marketing and computer skills. She is a passionate horsewoman and is always promoting the KWPN-NA horse.
KWPN-NA activities: Sandy has been a KWPN-NA member since 2001. Attended 2004-2016 annual meetings and has participated in keurings annually since 2001 and was in the jury training program. Sandy promotes the KWPN horse through her own successes as a breeder and rider. Sandy currently sits on the Member Committee as the secretary. She also is the chair for the Annual Meeting committee and was a successful lead organizer of the 2014 and 2015 AGM. She is on the Marketing and the Rules and Regulations Committees as well and has served previously on the Office Committee.
Background: Sandy is a breeder of KWPN dressage horses and actively shows in dressage and dressage sporthorse breeding divisions. She is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist. One of her homebreds won the USDF Horse of the Year for Yearlings. Sandys erved as a member of the California Dressage Society Executive Board and on the Adult Education Committee for USDF from 2011 to 2014. She is a USDF L Program graduate.
Willy Arts, Director
A native of 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 the 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 KWPN 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.
Susan Taylor, Director
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.
Anna Beal, Director
Occupation: Licensed Land Surveyor and current supervisor for Orange County Public Works.
KWPN-NA activities: Member since 1997. Has attended five Annual Meetings and keurings since 1997.
Anna has served on the MC for eight years, and has been its Chairman. She coordinates the Silent Auction at the Annual Meetings and is a member of the Stallion Committee. She is also responsible for the e-News. She promotes the KWPN-NA horse through her own success in the show ring and by sponsoring awards.
Background: As a rider, Anna has a very diverse background, including hunters, jumpers, eventers, race horses and dressage (USDF Bronze and Silver medalist). She has received the 2010 Region 7 Gifted Foundation Scholarship. A small breeder, her Capote received the 2008 USDF Reserve Championship for Colts/Geldings for the West Coast Series, and her Willa was the 2009 Southern California Adult Amateur at First Level Champion. Capote was the 2011 KWPN-NA North American Reserve Champion Dressage Gelding.
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.
- USET Discipline Vice President
- Senior AHSA Dressage Judge
- Former Chairman of the USDF Free Style Council and the USDF Freestyle Committee
- Official FEI International Vaulting Judge
- Co-founder and Technical Advisor of the American Vaulting Association
- AHSA Sporthorse Breeding Judge
- Retired Jumper judge, 3-Day Event Judge, Hunter Judge, Equitation Judge
- Trainer of Many Grand Prix Dressage horses
- Designer and Faculty Member of US Dressage Federation Learner Judge Program
- Director of National and International Judges’ Forums
- International Clinician in Dressage and Vaulting
- Editor/author of US Dressage Federation Publications: The Judges’ Handbook, the Glossary of Dressage Judging Terms, the Judges’ Checklist
The late Elizabeth Searle, of San Juan Bautista, CA, was an active instructor and judge. She was a successful competitor in Hunters, Jumpers, 3-Day Event, and Dressage. Mrs. Searle is the co-founder of the American Vaulting Association and served as it's president for 15 years. She is the former National Vice President of the U.S. Pony Clubs, was Vice President of the USDF for nine years and was a member of the AHSA Vaulting Committee. She was an FEI judge in two disciplines and has judged the US National Dressage Championships and conducted the AHSA National Dressage Judges Forum. She has also judged the Olympic, Pan American, World Championship and World Cup Selection Trials, as well as serving on the Olympic Canadian Selection Panel. 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.
- Senior AHSA Dressage Judge
- International FEI Dressage Judge (retired)
- International FEI Vaulting Judge (retired)
- AHSA Sport Horse Breeding Judge (retired)
- Co-founder of the American Vaulting Association
- President Emeritus of the American Vaulting Association
- Former Chairman of the USDF Judges Committee
- Former Vice President of the United States Pony Clubs, US Dressage Federation, and US Dressage Foundation
- Former professional Advisor to the California Dressage Society
- Professional advisor to the California Quadrille Association
- Winner of the National Dressage Championship
- Rider, trainer and competitor in international level Dressage