Willy Arts Home and Recovering from Carriage Accident Injuries

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Willy Arts riding DG Brendo to U.S. four-year-old championship in 2010. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Willy Arts was at home Thursday recovering and begun physical therapy to recuperate from serious injuries in a carriage accident during Friesian Stallion Testing at DG Bar Ranch in Hanford, California.

“Willy is home and doing quite well!” according to a report by the DG Bar Ranch. “We are so thankful for all of the support! We can’t believe that it’s been a week already. God is so good! We do still ask for no visitors at this point. Willy still needs a lot of rest and time to heal and recover!”

Willy, aged 53, was injured Feb. 19.

He is popular throughout the United States and Europe as a breeder and trainer of young Dutch horses.

He came to the United States from Holland in 1984 to train horses for Tony and Betty DeGroote. Their DG Bar Ranch was opened in Hanford a year later.

Over the years he has developed many young horses including his home bred and trained mare Valeska DG (Krack C x Farrington) that he competed at the World Championship for Young Dressage Horses in Verden Germany in 2008.

He is has been a guest judge at the Pavo Cup Finals in Holland and annually attends the KWPN Stallion Licensing in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. In 2010 he won the U.S. Young Horse Championships on the four-year old Brendo DG.

He is chairman of KWPN-North America, a branch of the Dutch horse association.