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Board Members

Meghan de Garay

Chair

Occupation: Breeding Manager, Iron Spring Farm

KWPN-NA activities: For over 30 years, Meghan has helped organized the KWPN keurings at Iron Spring Farm. In 2006 and then again in 2017, she was named Member of the Year, which recognized her contributions to the organization for almost three 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. 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 currently is a volunteer with the organization.  She was also 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.

Jos Sevriens

Vice Chair

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.

Jos Sevriens

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 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.

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.

Roy St. John Maher

Director

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.

Wim Cazemier

Director

Raised in the northern province of Groningen, Holland, Wim Cazemier was brought up on a dairy farm and was introduced to the Dutch Harness Horse early in life. “The horse bug” got Wim at a young age and by 16 years old, he was working on a local breeding farm. After finishing school, Wim worked on a few dairy farms in Canada and upon his return to Holland, he started prepping horses for keurings and IBOPs. In 1994, Wim moved to Gelderland and spent a year as the breeding manager on the Lingenhoeve. With that experience, Wim was able to start his own training and stallion station in 1995 standing famous stallions such as Heineke, Kalusha, Farrington, Patijn, No Limit and Hamlet.

Wim was kept busy year round preparing mares and stallions for keurings. His training products achieved many accolades, including producing the 2001 overall stallion keuring champion, Rainbow, along with many top mares at the National Mare Keurings. By then, there was a rising interest in the Dutch Harness Horse in North America and Wim started to make trips to Kentucky to help clients with the budding KWPN-NA Dutch Harness Horse keurings and shows. On one of these trips, Wim met an Amish family from Indiana and that eventually turned into a business partnership in North America.

Since starting his breeding program 15 years ago, Wim has produced four licensed or approved KWPN stallions in Colonist, Indiana, Jaleet and Intign and several national champion mares and stallions like Kentucky, Elonist, Cuderose and Lendoline. Wim says he is “always looking to improve his breeding program and update broodmare stock by training and showing” and was awarded KWPN Dutch Harness Horse breeder of the year in 2010, making him the youngest person ever to receive the award. He currently holds the highest score for the driving IBOP of 92.5 with Wieke.

Since moving to Northern Indiana in the fall of 2016, Wim has been heavily involved with the KWPN-NA and has been the co-host of the Dutch Harness Horse keuring in Goshen, IN for several years. Currently, Wim works out of his own training center, Wim Cazemier Equine and stands Dutch and Friesian stallions as well as running his training program.

Wim Cazemier

Founders

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

Elizabeth Searle

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
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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.

ByLaws of the KWPN of North America (KWPN-NA)

Article I – Title, Purpose, Location and Corporate Seal

Section 1 – Title

The name of the Corporation shall be The Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America, Inc. through and including December 31, 2005, at which time the name of the Corporation shall become “KWPN of North America, Inc.” (the “Organization.”) The Organization shall at all times be operated and conducted as a non-profit organization in accordance with the laws of the State of Nevada under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c) (5).

Section 2 – Purpose

The purpose of the Organization shall be to promote KWPN Dutch Warmblood horses; to provide registration and related services, inspections, and evaluations of breeding stock (keuringen); to maintain a Studbook and registry; to stimulate and regulate any and all other matters such as may pertain to the registrations and breeding regulations of this breed in North America; and to operate under a License Agreement between the KWPN and the Organization.

Section 3 – Location

The principal place of business of the Organization shall be at the address deter- mined by the Board of Directors, but its members and directors may reside any- where, and business may be carried on at any place convenient to such members and directors as may be participating.

Section 4 Corporate Seal

The seal of the Organization shall be in the charge of the Secretary of the Organization and shall be in the form impressed hereon immediately below:

Article II – Membership

Section 1 – Categories

the membership of the Organization shall include but not be limited to Full, Associate, Youth and Lifetime membership categories as defined in this article.

  1. Full Members –
    Shall consist of either natural persons or entities (such as individuals, families, fiduciaries, proprietorships, partnerships, unincorporated associations, corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, etc.).
    An entity must designate one individual to exercise its voting right.Shall receive the Organization’s publications without cost and may attend Annual Meetings.
    Is eligible to hold office, serve on the Board of Directors or Members’ Committee, serve on committees, and to vote.
    May participate in breeding as stallion or mare owners, register foals and participate in keuringen.
    Will qualify for awards given to horses competing in sport or in-hand.
  2. Associate Members -Shall consist of either natural persons or entities as mentioned above. An Associate Member shall receive the Organization’s publications without cost, but may not participate in voting and is not eligible to register a foal, transfer ownership or participate in a  keuring.
  3. Youth Members -Shall bear all the same conditions and privileges as the Full member but shall not have reached their 21st birthday by December 1 of the membership year.
  4. Lifetime Members -Upon payment of ten times the annual dues as prescribed for Full members, shall become a Lifetime member and bear all of the same conditions and privileges as a Full member.

Section 2 – Application Procedures

Application for membership in the Organization shall be made in the form prescribed by the Board of Directors and accompanied by the payment of the proper amount of dues for the category requested. Applications for membership may be subject to review by the Members’ Committee, which shall then determine the eligibility of the applicant for the membership category requested.

Section 3 – Termination of Membership

Membership and all privileges in the Organization shall be terminated for either the failure to meet obligations as pre- scribed in Article III of these Bylaws or cessation of eligibility for membership in accordance with the eligibility requirements set forth in this, Article II, or for cause, on the grounds and in accordance with the procedure specified in Article VIII.

Section 4

Members of the Organization shall be admitted, retained, and expelled in accordance with such rules and regulations as the Board of Directors may, from time to time, adopt.

Section 5

The regular Annual Meeting of the members shall be held at such time and place as may be fixed by resolution of the Board of Directors for the purpose of education, camaraderie, and the transaction of business as may be brought before the meeting by the Board of Directors.

Prior notice to members of any annual, regular or special meetings of members will be published in a timely manner prior to the date the Annual Meeting shall be held. Notice shall be deemed to be delivered when such notice shall be deposited in the United States mail addressed to the member at his address as it appears on the records of the Organization, with postage prepaid.

Section 6

The Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Organization shall act as Secretary of all meetings of the members but in his/her absence the Directors may appoint any person to act as Secretary of the meeting.

Section 7

The dues amount for each member or classification of members established by the Board shall be set by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Section 8

A Member is ‘in good standing’ by fulfilling all financial, reporting and stallion activation obligations to the Organization. Membership and all its privileges are sus- pended by loss of ‘good standing’ status. Failure to pay fees, dues or other debts or failure to make required reports to the Organization are examples of failure to fulfill obligations. Members who have been suspended from subscription for nonpayment of dues may be reinstated by paying dues for the current fiscal year. Members who have been suspended for failure to make reports required by the Organization may only be reinstated upon application to the Board and confirmation by the Board that the failure to report did not result in any horse not qualifying for activation or registration. Restoration of privileges and services may be delayed for thirty (30) days after payment or submission of the required report.

Section 9

Memberships to the Organization are non- transferable.

Section 10

The Board reserves the right to refuse, terminate or reinstate a membership for good cause.

Section 11

Members shall only be entitled to vote on business of the Organization brought before the Annual Meeting by the Board of Directors and only those present in person may vote, there being no proxy voting allowed.

Article III – Dues, Fees and Obligations

Section 1 – Amounts

Services and dues for each category of member will be set by majority vote of the Board of Directors.

All dues/ fees are payable in advance of service.

Dues for lifetime members are set at ten

(10) times the rate for Full members, payable once,

Section 2 – Administration

Rules, definitions and procedures.

Dues are payable on or before January 1st of each year and become delinquent if not paid by March 1st.

A member is considered in ‘good standing’ by fulfilling at all times all financial and reporting obligations to the Organization and following its rules. Membership and all of its privileges are suspended by loss of ‘’good standing’’ status.

Thirty days’ notice/grace period will be given delinquent members before suspension is enforced. Similarly, thirty days must pass after payment of an overdue amount before privileges and services can be restored since time is needed to process payment.

Members who have been suspended from membership for nonpayment of dues may be reinstated by paying dues for the cur- rent fiscal year. However, to vote, dues must be paid no later than thirty days before the date set for vote by the Board of Directors. New members must be in good standing for at least thirty days before they can vote.

Article IV – Board of Directors

Section 1 – Composition

There shall be a Board of Directors of the Organization. It shall consist of no less than five and no more than seven, members nominated by the Members’ Committee and approved by the Board. The Officers of the Board shall be members of the Board, shall be elected yearly by the Board and shall con- sist of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.

Section 2 – Eligibility

To be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, a person must be a Full or Lifetime member of the Organization for the past three consecutive years prior to their nomination for office, must be a member in good standing, and must be over the age of 21. Other eligibility criteria may be determined from time to time by the Members’ Committee.

Section 3

Appointment to the Board – Potential Board members shall be nominated for Board seats by the Members’ Committee based on criteria decided by the Members’ Committee.  Nominations must be received by the Board by November 15th of the year preceding the beginning of the potential Board member’s term. The Board shall receive a nomination from the Members’ Committee, and either approve or disapprove the nomination by majority vote of the Board, by December 15th of the year preceding the beginning of the potential Board member’s term. If the Members’ Committee and the Board of Directors cannot agree on replacement Board members, thereby causing a Board comprised of less than five members, the Board shall appoint sufficient members to bring the total number to five. These Board appointed Board members shall serve only until the next nomination and approval cycle.

Section 4 – Terms of Office

Beginning in 2021, terms of office for members of the Board of Directors shall be for four (4) years, with a limit of 2 consecutive terms served maximum. After 2 terms served, board members will be required to step down for a minimum of 2 years. Terms of office shall be staggered with elections occurring every 2 years.

For the term beginning January 1, 2006, no less than two, and no more than three Board members shall serve for a term of two years in addition to the one current term that will expire on December 31, 2007, so that every two years approximately half of the members of the Board are nominated and approved for Board service. Newly elected Officers shall assume their duties at the Board meeting of their election after the reading of the minutes of the prior Board meeting. If a Director resigns or can no longer perform his/her function, the Members’ Committee shall nominate a successor, subject to Board approval, to serve until the next time a regular nomination by the Members’ Committee is held for the unexpired term of the Board position being filled.

Section 5 – Dismissal

Directors may be removed from office by a majority vote of the Board for malfeasance, or for not attending at least 50% of the validly called meetings in one year.

Section 6 – Meetings

  1. Regular Meetings – The Board shall manage its meeting schedule by vote of its members and as called by either the Chairperson or the Secretary, except that the Board shall meet at least once every six months, with one meeting held during the time of the Organization’s Annual Meetings may take place in person or by telephone and may be called by either the Chairperson or Secretary upon at least seven days’ written notice (by mail, e-mail or fax transmission) to each member of the Board. A valid Board meeting shall require a quorum. A quorum is defined to be at least 50% of the Board’s members in attendance at the beginning of the meeting. Board meetings shall be directed by the Chairperson (or in the absence of the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson) in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. The Board shall also hold a semi-annual meeting between Annual Meetings at a time and place convenient to the Board members.
  2. Special Meetings – Upon no less than seven days’ notice to each director either in person, by mail, e-mail or wire, the Chairperson can convene a special meeting at such time and place as he/she may deem Furthermore, he/she will convene in similar manner a meeting upon the written request of not less than three members of the Board.
  3. Action Without Meeting – Unless otherwise restricted by these Bylaws, any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of the Board of Directors or of any committee thereof may be taken with- out a meeting if a written consent thereto is signed by all members of the Board of Directors or of such committee, as the case may be, and such written consent is filed with the minutes of proceedings of the Board of Directors or such committee.

Section 7 – Duties

The Board of Directors shall:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Section 8 – Officers, Titles

The officers of the Board shall be Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.

Section 9 – Succession Order

In the event of absence or incapacity of the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson shall assume chair duties. If permanent, he/she will serve until a successor is elected by the Board at the next yearly election of Board Officers. The further order of assumption of the Chairperson’s duties is Vice Chairperson, Secretary and then Treasurer. However, a quorum must be present at meetings to conduct business, the first order of which will be to confirm duty realignment by majority vote.

Section 10 – Duties of Officers

The officers of the Organization shall per- form the duties usually performed by such officers, together with such duties as hereinafter described.

Specific Provisions –

  1. The Chairperson shall:
    Preside at all Board meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order.
    Present to the Board prior to Board meetings an agenda.
    Execute contracts on behalf of the Board of Directors upon proper authorization from the Board.
    Perform other duties prescribed by the Board of Directors.
  2. The Vice Chairperson shall:
    When the Chairperson is absent, unable to act, or refuses to act, the Vice Chairperson shall perform the duties of the Chairperson.
    Perform other duties prescribed by the Board of Directors.
  3. The Secretary shall:
    Record the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors.
    Preserve all papers, letters and transactions of the Organization and have charge of the Corporate Seal.
    Perform other duties prescribed by the Board of Directors.
  4. The Treasurer shall:
    Periodically report to the Board of Directors at its meetings and to the general membership at its Annual Meeting the financial condition of the Organization, to include the annual financial statement. The annual financial statement is to include a balance sheet and a statement of income.
    Present to the Board of Directors a budget of the proposed and anticipated income and expenses for the forthcoming year.
    Advise the Board of Directors on the financial impact of their actions.
    Perform other duties prescribed by the Board of Directors.

Section 11 – Compensation of Directors

The Board of Directors may from time to time, in its discretion, fix the amounts which shall be payable to directors and to members of any committee of the Board of Directors for attendance at the meetings of the Board of Directors or of such committee and for services rendered to the Organization.

Article V – Members’ Committee

Section 1 – Membership

Only Full or Lifetime members may serve on the Members’ Committee.

Section 2 – Composition and Election

The Members’ Committee shall be comprised of five members. There will be one from Canada and four from the United States. Nominees for the Committee will be voted on by the membership.

Terms of service shall be four years, with- out a limit as to the number of terms served. Terms of office shall be staggered, with new members joining the Committee at two-year intervals on even years. However, the term beginning January 1, 2006, two members shall serve for a term of two years, and three members shall serve for a term of four years, based on votes received during the initial election held in October 2005 (of the five new

Committee members, those two with the fewest votes shall serve initial two-year terms.) If a Committee member resigns or can no longer perform his or her duties as a committee member, such that the Committee is comprised of fewer than five members, the Board shall appoint a successor to complete the term of the depart- ed Committee member. The Board shall prepare ballots for election of members nominated to the Members’ Committee, conduct the elections, and verify the results based on the tabulation of the vote conducted by an independent agent.

Section 3 – Duties and role of the Members’ Committee

  • To act as the nomination committee for the positions on the Board of Directors. To seek, to accept members’ nominations and to interview prospective Board members.
  • To make appropriate recommendations to the Board for taking corporate action.
  • To represent the wishes of the member- ship and to communicate this with the Board.
  • To assist the Board in special committee work.
  • To assist in the coordination and organization of annual keuringen and meetings.
  • To identify marketing and advertising needs across the membership base.
  • To identify education needs and topics for the membership.
  • To assist in the awards program and identify shows across the U.S. and Canada that should be recognized in the awards pro- gram.
  • To act as a liaison between the member- ship and the Board.
  • To assist and act upon member grievances and suggestions.
  • To appoint a Chairperson and Secretary from among its members.

Section 4 – Meeting Schedule and Agenda

The Committee shall manage its meeting schedule by vote of its members and as called by either its Chairman or Secretary, except that the Committee shall hold at least one meeting each year during the time of the Organization’s Annual Meeting, and during years requiring nominations for seats to the Organization’s Board of Directors, at least once during the months of September, October, and November. Meetings may take place in person or by telephone and may be called by either the Chairman or the Secretary upon at least seven days’ written notice (by mail, e-mail or fax transmission) to each member of the Committee. A valid Committee meeting shall require a quorum. A quorum is defined to be at least 50% of the Committee’s members in attendance at the beginning of the meeting. Members’ Committee meetings shall be directed by the Chairman (or in the absence of the Chairman, the Secretary) in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. Committees shall be organized, and the committee members selected from among Committee members, at the discretion of the Committee and by vote of the Committee on a yearly basis.

Article VI – Membership Meetings and Elections

Section 1 – Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern meetings of this Organization in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these regulations.

Section 2 – Time and Place

An Annual Meeting of the membership shall be held. The exact time and place shall be designated by the Board and be announced and published.

Section 3 – Nominations

Nominations for Board positions shall be made to the Members’ Committee. Any Full member of the Organization may nominate no more than one person for each open Board position. After first confirming that each such nominee is willing to serve if selected and approved by the Board, the nomination shall be decided upon by the Members’ Committee, and any nomination approved by the Members’ Committee shall be forwarded to the Board of Directors for its approval.

Nominations for Members’ Committee positions shall be submitted to the central office at least 90 days prior to the election date for Members’ Committee elections set by the Board of Directors.

Section 4 – Exclusions

A member may not serve on both the Board of Directors and the Members’ Committee simultaneously. Members of the Board and the Members’ Committee may not serve simultaneously on an inspection jury in North America.

Section 5 – Voting

Tabulation of votes for Members’ Committee positions, or for membership voting on Amendments or changes to the Bylaws as provided in Article X, shall be carried out using preferential voting according to Robert’s Rules of Order.

Section 6 – Time

The ballots for voting on the election of nominations for the Members’ Committee shall be posted on the internet and sent by regular mail no later than September 1. To be counted, internet voting will close on October 1, and mailed ballots must be returned and/or post marked no later than October 1. The results of the election shall be announced via the internet within two weeks post-election date. Candidates shall be notified of the results when tabulation is complete.

Section 7 – Quorum

A quorum is constituted by:

  • Membership meetings – A majority of the Board, including the Chairperson or Vice Chairperson, and at least twenty of the eligible voting members of the Organization, must be Proxies will not be permitted.
  • Board of Directors – At least 50% of the Board, including the Chairperson or Vice Chairperson.
  • Members’ Committee – At least 50% of the members including the Chairperson or

Article VII – Administrative Regulations

Section 1 – Fiscal year

The fiscal year of the Organization shall be from January 1 through to December 31.

Section 2 – Dissolution Clause

if due to unforeseen circumstances it becomes necessary for the Organization to dissolve itself, the Board, with the prior approval of the Members’ Committee, will organize the procedure so that all assets of the Organization will be contributed to properly constituted tax-exempt equine organizations.

Section 3 – Certification/Forms Management – All Organization business is conducted by Board approved and Organization pre- scribed forms. The Organization will provide supplies upon request from a member. Except for blank registration certificates, they may be duplicated by members to fill an urgent need.

Article VIII – Discipline Procedures

Section 1 – Prohibited Conduct

If the Organization finds that any person has failed to comply with any of these Bylaws or has been guilty of misconduct or misrepresentation which in any manner involved the purpose or good name of the Organization, such person may be expelled or suspended from membership, and may be denied the privileges of the Organization and subjected to such other penalties as may be written within its powers to impose.

Section 2 – Procedures

Any party in interest may file with the Secretary of the Organization, or upon a majority vote of the membership, the Organization may, upon information and belief, file with the Secretary, a plain and concise statement specifying the alleged acts of misconduct or misrepresentation of a member. The Secretary shall refer copies of said statement, together with any other pertinent information to the Board of Directors. If a majority of the Board concludes that the charge, if true, involves the purpose and integrity of the Organization, the Board shall refer the complaint to the Members’ Committee to investigate the charges. The Members’ Committee shall report its findings and recommend action, if any, to the Board of Directors for resolution.

Article IX Indemnification

The Organization shall indemnify a director, officer, committee member, employee or agent of the Organization who was, is, or may be named as a defendant or respondent in any proceeding as a result of his or her actions or omissions within the scope of his or her official capacity in the Organization. However, the Organization shall indemnify a person only if he or she acted in good faith and reasonably believed that the conduct was in the best interests of the Organization. The Organization shall not indemnify a person who is found liable to the Organization or is found liable to another on the basis of improper conduct.

Article X Amendments or Changes to the Bylaws

The Bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed, or new Bylaws may be adopted, only by the approval of the Board of Directors; and the approval of the Members’ Committee; and the approval of a majority of Full and Lifetime members by vote. Membership shall be notified of proposed bylaw changes via internet or regular mail 30 days in advance of the voting deadline. Notification of the voting results will be posted on the KWPN/NA website 15 days after the voting deadline. The notice of any meeting of the Board of Directors, the Members’ Committee or Annual Meetings at which the Bylaws are altered, amended, or repealed, or at which new Bylaws are adopted, shall include the text of the proposed Bylaw provisions as well as the text of any existing provisions proposed to be altered, amended or repealed.

(Amended March 2021)

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