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NA/WPN Announces New Chairman

The Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (NA/WPN), Inc. announced today the resignation of its founder and Chairman of the Board, J. Ashton Moore. Mary H. Giddens, DVM, has been selected to replace Mr. Moore, and will assume the positions of Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of the NA/WPN.

Jeff Moore, along with Elizabeth Searle, founded the NA/WPN in 1983 while on a stallion buying trip to Holland. "We met with officials of the Dutch studbook (KWPN) at that time, and we received real encouragement from them to start a foreign department of the KWPN with the goal of promoting the Dutch horse in an atmosphere of organizational stability and breeder support. We've grown from one horse and a dream to a membership of 1400 breeders and competitors and 7,000 horses. I felt it was time to pass the baton, and we were fortunate enough to have Mary Giddens, with us for over 14 years, here to receive it. This will be a seamless transition." Jeff Moore will remain involved with the NA/WPN as its Honorary Chairman.

Dr. Giddens, Managing Director of the NA/WPN since 1987, has been a member of the keuring jury and Special Projects Coordinator. "Thanks to Jeff we have a solid base on which to build. The Board and membership are enthusiastic and energetic, we have a lot of plans and ideas and I am excited about the future."

In addition to the promotion of Dr. Giddens, the Board also announced the addition of two new members of the Board, and four new Advisory Committee members. The new Board members are Willy Arts and Christine McCarthy. Willy and Chris join the present board members John Sanzo, Deborah Harrison and Elizabeth Searle.


The Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America (NA/WPN), Inc. is a foreign department of the Royal Warmblood Studbook in the Netherlands (KWPN.) The NA/WPN was established to promote the Dutch Warmblood horse in North America, and to serve its breeders and subscribers through a continuing program of services, including inspections, incentives, awards and education.



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