Who We Are

Our Organization

Excellent brands need fans worldwide. Westfalen horses and ponies are well known all over the world, with famous stallions such as Florestan, Pilot and Cornet Obolensky, and superstars in sport like Damon Hill and Comme il Faut. The Westfalen Verband NA is the official North American representative of the Westfälisches Pferdestammbuch e.V. in Germany, offering direct access to the 200-year strong breeding program, experienced judges and officials, and WBFSH (World Breeding Federation Sport Horses) passports and brand that have made Westfalen horses and ponies sought after around the world.

The Westfalen Verband NA’s annual inspection tour is the most extensive in North America - reaching practically every corner of the USA and many parts of Canada, as well as offering private on-farm inspections. We rely on our network of registry officials, breeders, competitors and enthusiasts to keep Westfalen horses on top of the world in sport and breeding!

Our Team

Team Member

Otto Schalter

Stud Book Director

In North American Warmblood and Pony registrations, no one has more hands-on experience on both sides of the Atlantic than Otto Schalter. Otto is a long-time stud book director in Germany and full time employee of the Westfälisches Pferdestammbuch e.V., with vast and practical hands-on knowledge of the bloodlines, breeders and horses that have shaped warmblood breeding and sport in Europe. He’s been inspecting and branding in North America since 1995.

Team Member

Wilken Treu

Breeding Director

From overseeing the day-to-day running of the Verband, to hands-on decisions in stallion selection, to running international sales and competitions - nowhere else do breeding and sport meet so clearly as in the duties of our Breeding Director and Managing Director of the Westfälische Pferdestammbuch, Wilken Treu.

Team Member

Ann Daum Kustar

Manager, North American Office

The Westfalen Verband NA offers US-based customer service and breeder-centered marketing programs from the North American office located in South Dakota, managed by breeder, judge and author Ann Daum Kustar. If you are looking for information on the North American inspection tour, mare/stallion eligibility, passport, awards or membership services, or classified ads, this is the person to contact.

Team Member

D’Arcy Steiner

Marketing & Event Coordinator

Westfalen owner, competitor and enthusiast, D’Arcy holds a degree in modern Languages and has a flair for marketing and promoting all things equine. Especially gifted with the modern tools of online communication through social media, D’Arcy is the person to bring your News, Results, Events and interest in our Westfalen outreach programs such as the annual Breeders Tour to Germany!

Team Member

Sabien Brittner

German Sales

Are you looking for a new partner for competition or breeding? Westfalen horses and ponies are well-known for quality of movement, athletic ability and character – and our German partners have an outstanding selection of prospects through seasoned competition horses and ponies. Sabien Brittner may have just the right Warmblood or German Riding Pony in mind for you!

Team Member

Emily Boni

North American Office Staff