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.
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 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.
Occupation: Sandy has a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. She has 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.
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.
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.
Jos Sevriens, a native Dutchman, is married to Laura Sevriens and has two children. Jos is a certified Dutch National Riding School Instructor and completed the French Instructor Certification program in 1972. Nationally, Jos is also a USDF Level 4 Certified instructor, an accolade which he obtained in 1995. As a rider, Jos trained with Ernest van Loon from 1968 to 1972 then with Piet Oothout for the next 11 years.
As an instructor, Jos was the trainer for the Belgian national Eventing team from 1980 to 1984. He has trained several young riders in Belgium and the US as well as Belgian showjumping horses for Freddy Teteca and Herman van de Broeck, who competed in the Olympic Games in 1984. Jos has worked with the Dutch Commercial Stable Horse, ranging in green broke horses to horses ready for export from 1980-1984.
After his move to Chatsworth, Georgia in 1985, Jos started working at a private stable that managed 4 stallions and 30 other multi-disciplined horses. During Jos’ time there he won the Preliminary National Champion title in Wadsworth IL with the horse “Knightsbridge”. Jos teaches clinics across the country and has worked in developing the Young Horse Series, including judging and selecting quality horses to go to the National Championship.
Jos has extensive experience with Holsteiners, including 20 years with the American Holsteiner Horse Association. 15 of those years were spent as a judge and he went on to be the vice president from 1989-2000 and president of the organization from 2000-2004. As a proponent of the Dutch Warmblood, Jos has hosted keurings in Georgia since 1988.
Jos and Laura currently run Blalock Lakes Stables, a riding and training operation in Newnan, Georgia.
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, 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.