As a young horse, the Dutch mare Valeska DG impressed in the U.S.A. scoring 80 points in the IBOP mare performance test receiving the status of Keur and Elite mare. As a 4-year old she gave birth to a Contango foal and as a 5-year old she was reserve champion at the 2007 USEF/Markel National Young Horse Championships in Lexington, KY.
"I had never participated in a World Championship and never been to one, so I didn't know what I was up for. The KWPN society qualified many horses for the show this year. Valeska is a very talented horse and the World Championships were a challenge to us," Arts told the KWPN society. "At home we have more young horses who could qualify for such an event in the future, so this was a very good learning experience for me. If you've been once, you can prepare yourself better for the next one."
Willy Arts is a year-long breeder of KWPN horses and stood KWPN licensed stallions Wanroij and Volckmar at DG Bar, which is owned by the DeGroot family. Arts is currently selling frozen semen of those two sires and currently has the Hanoverian stallion Devon Heir (by De Niro x Rubinstein) standing at stud at his ranch.
Rooted in The Netherlands, the Hanford, CA, based Willy Arts is an enthusiastic breeder of Dutch warmblood horses and occasionally ships some of his horses to the East Coast for the annual Devon Breed Show. Each time DG Bar comes to Devon, they claim trophies and champion sashes with their Dutch warmblood products. At their last appearance at the Devon show in 2003, Tamika DG (by Wanroij x Werther) became Grand Champion.
"In America, the Dutch warmblood horses have a very good name what concerns their character. And they are very pretty. But at the moment, the horses are very expensive with the low dollar. This makes it quite difficult to find good sales horses. But once you have them, they sell easily," Arts added.