Willy Arts was born in Holland. He grew up with a family in horses and learned all the aspects of animals at home. He was fortune enough to grow up in a small area that was very horse oriented. After graduating high school he went to a Dutch Equestrian School (Deurne) which was a five year program. This school taught him everything from management, giving lessons, horse shoeing, breeding, riding, etc. During this time Willy was very involved in preparing Stallions for the stallion approvals. He also rode and competed the stallions in the stallion competition. The KWPN stallion Uniform was one that Willy prepared as a 2 ½ year old and took him to the stallion show for the stable that he worked for, and after he was approved he went on to the performance test and was approved in 1984.
In 1984 He made the transition to California and began working with the Degroot family. He rode Wanroij and Volckmar who were the Flagship stallions at DG Bar. He has also prepared several stallions in the United States for approvals since then as well. Willy has been successfull in competeing several FEI Horses, as well as qualifing horses for the FEI Young Horse Championships. In 2007 Willy rode Waterloo SE (007 x Jazz), he was the USEF 4yr old Young Horse Champion scoring a 86.2 overall. In 2008 Willy competed on his home bred and trained mare Valeska DG (Krack C x Farrington), at the Markel/USEF West Coast Selction Trials, Valeska DG recieved a score of 8.3 qualifing her for the World Championship for Young Dressage Horses in Verden Germany. Willy has also been very involved with many different programs here in the United States, such as Young Riders, Junior Young Riders, FEI Young Horse programs and also USDF Breed shows. Willy is also a Board member for the KWPN NA.