As part of ongoing efforts to expand and better serve North American members and breeders of one of the most popular sport horses in the world, the Royal Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (KWPN-NA) has announced the hiring of Jason Tice as Executive Director, effective immediately. This also marks the beginning of a transition for the KWPN-NA office from its current home in Sutherlin, Oregon to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
A graduate of Iowa State University, Tice has been the Executive Director for the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA) since 2008. He will continue those duties for FHANA while expanding his role to also become Executive Director of the KWPN-NA, overseeing all day-to-day operations including the annual meeting, keurings, and office operations. Prior to the announcement, Tice had worked with the KWPN-NA as a project manager over the course of the last year, developing the registry’s new membership database.
“I am very honored and excited to take on this new positon as the primary contact person for the two largest Dutch breeds in North America in the KWPN-NA and FHANA,” said Tice. “My main focus will be to concentrate on customer service, and bring the KWPN-NA in to a new era with technology and make information readily available to the membership so they can continue to breed the best Dutch Warmbloods possible.”
The KWPN is one of the largest sport horse registries in the world, and has consistently been ranked the number one studbook for both jumping and dressage by the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WBFSH). For thirty years, the non-profit KWPN-NA association has brought the passion and focus of the Dutch breeder home to North America, where breeders are now producing top international horses which compete around the world in a variety of disciplines. With more than 1,300 members and an average of more than 420 registered foals annually over the last decade, the KWPN-NA has grown to become one of the continent's largest warmblood organization.
As the KWPN-NA office moves to its new headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park (which it will share with FHANA), Tice will now work closely with the KWPN-NA staff and Board of Directors to oversee and continue to expand the registry’s many programs and encourage the participation of registered KWPN horses in equestrian sport. The KWPN-NA currently maintains an extensive database that records detailed breed registration information, inspection and performance results, and ownership transfers and sales for all registered KWPN horses in North America; disseminates educational and informational data to breeders, owners and other interested individuals pertaining to the breeding, raising and approval of KWPN horses; schedules and conducts various inspections throughout North America of stallions, foals, mares and geldings; offers an extensive awards program; and promotes public awareness of the Royal Dutch Sport Horse.
“These changes to our organization have been a topic of discussion for a long time, and now the timing is right and everything fell into place,” said Willy Arts, Chair of the KWPN-NA Board of Directors. “Like so many other equestrian organizations, it makes sense to have our headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park, which has become a national center for horse sport. Also, sharing space and working with FHANA presents an opportunity to increase efficiencies for both registries.
“I’ve known Jason for several years through FHANA, and I believe he is a great fit as our new Executive Director and that he will lead our organization into an exciting new phase. I am tremendously excited about the future and how all of this will work out.”
To learn more about the KWPN-NA, visit the organization’s official website.