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Stallion Committee

Contact the KWPN-NA Stallion Owners Committee at sc@kwpn-na.org

Roles and Responsibilities of the Stallion Committee:

We would like to announce the formation of the KWPN-NA Stallion Owners Committee. The purpose of the Stallion Owners Committee is to promote the KWPN Stallion with emphasis on KWPN Stallions standing in North America. The Committee’s focus will be to:

  • Address the unique concerns of the KWPN-NA stallion owners
  • Promote the KWPN stallion throughout North America
  • Enhance the Stallion Service Auction.

The Stallion Owners Committee will work with the KWPN-NA Board of Directors on any/all issues pertaining to KWPN stallion owners and KWPN semen distributors.

Kathy Hickerson, Chair

Occupation: Retired Astronautical Engineer and Software Manager. Breeding KWPN horses full time.  Owner of Majestic Gaits and partner with VDL Stud distributing their frozen semen from Holland.

KWPN-NA activities: Member since 1984 and has participated in keurings annually since that time and hosted 2 keurings.  Attended almost all the annual KWPN-NA meetings since 2001.  She started Holland tours at the KWPN Stallion Show in Holland.  This included meetings with the KWPN, which led to the now KWPN International Meeting at the annual KWPN Stallion show.  Hosted and ran the KWPN-NA booth at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts from 1999-2005, 2012.  She was KWPN-NA member of the year in 2010 and breeder of the year in 2012.  Kathy is current chair of the KWPN-NA Stallion Committee and member of the KWPN-NA Members Committee.

Background: Kathy owns and operates Majestic Gaits in Brookline, NH.  She breeds both dressage and jumpers. She has bred many #1 KWPN-NA horses in the keurings, star, keur, elite and sport mares.  She currently stand 3 stallions at stud, Schroeder, Navarone and Dante MG.  Kathy Is a KWPN-NA Gold level breeder.

Kathy has been a Director on the New England Dressage Association (NEDA) Board for over 20 years. She managed the members database and grew the membership to almost 2000 members.  She established the NEDA Sporthorse Director position and established the New England USDF Breed Show Series and Championships. She oversees the prestigious NEDA Stallion auction providing funds for breeder/owner education, scholarships and awards.  She is an active member of the NEDA Fall Festival CDI and Breed Show Championships which is the biggest Dressage show in America.  She attends the USDF Annual meetings every year as a GMO delegate and has served on the USDF Members Committee and USDF Sporthorse Committee.  She has had many USDF top Horses of the Year (HOY), participated in the USDF Young Horse National Dressage Championships and National Dressage Championships.  She has also bred horses in Holland that have been named high scoring jumpers of their testing, star, keur and invited and sold at the elite Borculo auction.  Kathy believes in supporting American breeders through education, promotion and awards.

Kathy is also an active member of the USEF Sporthorse Committee.

Vicky Castegren

Occupation: Owner and operator of Hyperion Stud, LLC since 2009

Background: Vicky began in the industry as a rider who eventually moved into the breeding business full time in 2009. She now runs and operates Hyperion Stud, a breeding, stallion and training station in the heart of Virginia horse country.

KWPN-NA Activities: Long time breeder and owner of Dutch horses. Owner of Olympic KWPN stallion Imothep (Werner H), KWPN Approved stallion Dakota VDL and the 2015 Horse of the Year. She has been a Stallion Committee member since 2013.

Judy Reggio

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.

Natalie Diberardinis

Occupation: Managing Director of Hilltop Farm, Inc.

Background: Natalie has a broad background in the horse world as a rider, breeder, and former show manager/official.  She spent many years specializing in marketing and event management for equestrian companies and an equine non-profit prior to returning to Hilltop Farm in 2007.

Natalie stays actively involved throughout the sport horse industry, including serving on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Hanoverian Breeders, as a member of the NA Stallion Sport Test committee, as current Vice-President for the US Sport Horse Breeders Association, and as Co-Chair of the USDF Sport Horse Committee.

KWPN-NA Activities: Hilltop Farm manages a number of KWPN-approved stallions through their Guest Stallion & International Frozen Semen programs, including being the North American agent for Van Olst Horses.

Natalie joined the KWPN Stallion committee in 2018.

Tish Quirk

Occupation: coming soon

KWPN-NA activities: coming soon

Background: coming soon

Jesse Zehr

Occupation: coming soon

KWPN-NA activities: coming soon

Background: coming soon