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NAES' David D. Johnson

David D. Johnson - Biography

Dave Johnson has operated NORTH AMERICAN EQUINE SERVICES, LLC as its President and CEO for the past 39 years.  The company, based in Phoenix, Arizona, specializes in equine litigation consulting, related activities, and horse appraisals for the legal and insurance communities and has been doing so throughout North America.

Mr. Johnson’s background includes over 50 years as a professional horse and student trainer. His first professional experience in training both students and horses began when he was 12 years old in 1956 at the facility owned by the Chicago Irving Park YMCA. At the same time Mr. Johnson worked at the Milne stables taking out groups of riders on long trail rides. He was an instructor at both facilities which included acting as a trail ride wrangler.

While still in Chicago, he was asked to become a member of the Board of Directors for the Town & Country Equestrian Association.  In 1962, he attended the University of Illinois while teaching horsemanship through 1968 after graduating from Aurora University. 

From 1968 through 1970 he and his soon to be wife, Kathy, started training several students and their horses; Willoway Farm evolved from their Chicagoland clients and continues to this day, now in Phoenix, Arizona and Littleton, Colorado.

In August of 1970, with his wife Kathy they moved to Phoenix, AZ, continuing to train horses and riders to compete at the national level also serving as the Junior Jumper Team Coaches for USA Equestrian's Zone 8 from 1985 through 1989 at the prestigious Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA.  The Johnsons also served as the coaches for the United States Equestrian Teams' West Coast participants at the 1987 Olympic Festival in Raleigh, NC.

First licensed as a judge in 1969 by the American Horse Shows Association, (now known as the USEF), Mr. Johnson holds large "R" status in Hunters, Hunter Seat Equitation and Hunter Breeding and Jumpers. He recently resigned his "R" status in the Arabian Division which he had held for over 13 years. Mr. Johnson had held “R” status in Jumpers but resigned that card in 2014.  The Canadian Equestrian Association (CEF) also licensed Mr. Johnson as a Senior National Judge in several divisions.

His judging assignments have included the Paint World Horse Show, Ft. Worth, TX, the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Championships, Cazenovia, NY. He also judged the NCAA Equestrian Championships, Conyers, GA and the dressage and jumping oriented NCAA Finals in Albuquerque, NM.

Mr. Johnson has judged the Arabian Youth Nationals Horse Show in Albuquerque, NM, and the NCAA year end Horse Show at Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.

He is a past Vice-president of USEF, INC. Zone 8, and was on their Board of Directors. Mr. Johnson chaired the Competition & Safety Standards Committee for 15 years.  This Committee developed show and safety standards for over 2500 US competitions; it is now known simply as the Safety Committee. He has served as a Member of the USEF’s Breeders Committee until 2013.

Mr. Johnson served the International Arabian Horse Association as a member of the Judges and Stewards Education and Evaluation Commission, the Professional Horseman's Equitation and Hunter/Jumper Committees.  He served over seven years on the Board of Directors of The All-Arabian Horse Association of Arizona.  He is also a long standing member of the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association, The American Saddlebred Horse Association, the United States Dressage Federation, the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association, the United States Trotting Association, and is a former race horse owner.

He served on the faculty of Scottsdale Community College's nationally known Equine Science Department teaching English and Western Equitation, Equine Judging/ Evaluation and Safety, Breeding Farm Operations, Light Horse Management & Evaluation and Operation of Farm Equipment.  In addition to those activities Mr. Johnson was a guest speaker in the Scottsdale Community College Equine Science Department. 

The Scottsdale Community College invited Mr. Johnson to give a talk on ethics in 2010.  The students were then encouraged to discuss the presentation and submit their questions.

Mr. Johnson served for many years until 2015 as Chairman of the Arizona State’s Farm Bureau Equine Committee and was a former Adjunct Professor of Equine Marketing & Ethics at Salem International University, Salem, WV.


In addition to his other activities, Mr. Johnson conducts numerous clinics throughout the US and Europe.  His emphasis is on the performance horse and balanced seat equitation.

Mr. Johnson's speaking engagements include the University of Kentucky's Continuing Legal Education program in Equine Law, where he spoke on horse valuations and the finding and preparation of expert witnesses; the speeches were approved for CLE, (Continuing Legal Education), credit.

Mr. Johnson spoke as a non-lawyer for a California Bar Association’s approved CLE course in San Francisco, and to a State Bar of Arizona's prospective CLE course held by the Pro-Consul Company, Phoenix, AZ.  In 2008, he was invited to join the American College of Equine Attorneys as a non-lawyer member. 

Mr. Johnson lectured at the California State Polytechnic University's summer seminar speaking on issues involved in training the prospective jumping horse.  The event was sponsored by the Arabian Horse Association of Southern California, Junior Exhibitors Section. 

In addition, he was recently interviewed by radio station KLPW, Union MO, and by Rick Lamb for his program "Horse Show."

Mr. Johnson’s quarterly Newsletter highlights ethics factors in the buying and selling of horses and also includes articles of general interest related to horse activities.  His opinions have been used in several fraud and money laundering cases.

The American Society of Equine Appraisers awarded him their first Senior Equine Appraiser Status in North America; (they had already designated Mr. Johnson a Life Member in 1991).  Mr. Johnson is no longer affiliated with the ASEA in any way.

Educationally, Mr. Johnson graduated from Aurora University in 1967, and briefly attended Chicago-Kent College of Law.  He is a Non-Lawyer Associate Member of the State Bar of Arizona as a Constituent Non-Voting Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Animal Law Sections.  He also holds Associate Member status in both the American Bar Association (as a non-lawyer) and The American College of Equine Attorneys.  He has been accepted as an expert witness by in US Justice Department and the IRS.

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American Association for Horsemanship Safety, Inc. - Former Member, Board of Directors. (Mr. Johnson now has no relationship at all with the AAHS)

American Bar Association –
Non-Lawyer Associate Mbr. (97946) in the following sections and is not licensed to practice law:
Member - Dispute Resolution Section              
Member - Litigation Section
Member - Expert Witness Committee
Member - Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
Member - Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Sections
Member – General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section

American Bonanza (Aircraft) Society –
Former Member

American College of Equine Attorneys
– Associate (non-lawyer) Member
Member of the following committees:
Legal Education
Ethics & Civility
Publication & Newsletter

American Driving Society –
Mbr # 12019500

American Endurance Ride Conference –
Mbr # M42262

American Farm Bureau –
Past Chairman of the Arizona Equine Committee and Arizona State Representative to the National Commodities meeting in San Antonio, TX, February 18th and 19th, 20010.

American Horse Council –
Current Member

American Paint Horse Association
– Former Member; Judged 2001 World
Championship Paint Horse Show, July, 2001, Ft. Worth, TX

American Quarter Horse Association -
Member # 2406548

American Saddlebred Horse Association –
Senior Member # 113669

American Society of Equine Appraisers -
Life Member awarded in 1991, #1050 & Senior Equine Appraiser - Status 8/16/01; (The first Senior Equine Appraiser in North America): Mr. Johnson is no longer involved with the ASEA in any way.

American Trakehner Association
– Former Member

Arabian Horse Association, (AHA formerly IAHA)

         Member - Judges/Stewards Education & Evaluation Commission, 1993-1995
Instructor to Licensed Judges
Judge - 1994 United States Youth Nationals Horse Show
Judge - 1996 United States Arabian Nationals Horse Show
Judge - 2000 United States Youth Nationals Horse Show
Judge – First Arabian Sporthorse show, San Louis Obispo, CA
Judge - 2007 Arabian Youth Nationals Horse Show – Albuquerque, NM
Judge – 2007 Flagstaff All Arabian Sporthorse Show – Flagstaff, AZ
Judge – 2010 14th Annual Pacific Coast Sport Horse Classic 

Arabian Horse Association of Arizona -
Former Member, Board of Directors - 7 years
Judge - 1993 Scottsdale All-Arabian Horse Show
Judge - 1996 Scottsdale All-Arabian Horse Show

Arabian Horse Registry
- Member, (The Registry is now combined with Arabian Horse Association to form the AHA)

Dispute Resolution Association - Member

Arizona Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association - Former Member

Farm Bureau – Chairman State Livestock Committee – Equine Section

American Farm Bureau
– Arizona Delegate to 2009 Planning Conference, Washington, DC

Farm Bureau State Equine Committee – Member and Chairman, 2010

Farm Bureau Federation – American Farm Bureau Equine Advisory Board

Horse Exhibitors Association - Past Member, Board of Directors

Hunter and Jumper Association - Past President

- Maricopa County Farm Bureau – Former State Delegate and Policy Committee Member, Past President of Scottsdale/North Mesa Chapter.

Professional Horseman's Association – Past Chairman - Ethics & Discipline and Rules Committees

State Horsemen's Association – Member

Thoroughbred Breeders Association – Member

Canadian Equestrian Federation -
Past member #4060125, Senior Judge Status in the Following Divisions: Arabian (Senior National status Hunter, Jumper, Equitation & Hunter)

Certified Master Equine Inspector/Appraiser Program
sm - NAES Program Director for prospective candidates, (Work in progress for NAES)

Clip Clop.Com
- Former web site horse advisor on all-breed evaluations

Valley Pilots Association – Current Member & Past Member, Board of Directors.

FEWA, (Forensic Expert Witness Association) –
Chairman, Phoenix, AZ Chapter, Formation Committee – October, 2008 – November, 2009.

Member, # 44687788 & Sentinel Member

Mbr. 712755953 for 2017.

Horse & Rider Magazine –
Interviewed for the September, 2007 Issue.

Intercollegiate Horse Shows Assn.
- National's Championship Judge - May, 2002

Michael & Edna Josephson Institute on Ethics
– Former Academic Member

Mooney Aircraft Pilots Assn
. – Former Member

National Business Aircraft Association
- Former Member

National Forensic Center
- Member

National Hunter/Jumper Council of USA Equestrian, INC. -
Past Member, Board of Governors.

NCAA, (National Collegiate Athletic Association) -
National Equestrian Finals Judge – 2004 and 2006

National Show Hunter Hall of Fame –
Lexington, KY, Member

The American Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society –

Salem International University, Salem, WV -
Former Adjunct Professor teaching Equine Marketing and Ethics – Equine Science Department, in 2000 through 2003 in Salem, WV.

Santa Barbara County Riding Club - Recent Judge & Life Member 

State Bar of Arizona –
Section Affiliate (Non-Lawyer) - # 126961 and is considered a
Constituent Non-Voting Member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Animal Law Sections.  Mr. Johnson is not licensed to practice law in Arizona.

Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association (TOBA)
– Member # 37531 through 1/1/2018

Town & Country Equestrian Association
– Member – Board of Directors – 1968-1969 – Chicago, Illinois

United States
Eventing Association – 2012 USEA Membership ID # 140427

United States
Dressage Federation, (USDF) - Participating Member - # 123155

United States
Equestrian Federation (USEF), (Formerly AHSA) – Mbr. # 058015
Former Member - Board of Directors - Term Expired 1999
Former Vice-President and Chairman - Zone 8 (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah)
Former Chairman of the Competition Standards/Safety Committee - 15 years
Former member – Exhibitors’ Committee
Large "R" Registered Judge in Following Divisions: Hunters, Jumpers,
Hunter Seat Equitation and Hunter Breeding, (recently resigned "R" Arab card), Attended USEF’s 2008 & 2016 Hunter & Hunter Seat Equitation Seminar
resigned Registered Jumper card after 39 years of judging jumpers.
Breeders Committee – Past Member
Judge – 2009 San Louis Obispo, CA – Sport Horse Show
Judge – 2009 Spanoway, WA – Sport Horse Show

United States
Hunter Jumper Association – 2017Member

United States
Polo Association – 2010 Associate Member # 12328

United States
Pony Club – Former Associate Member

United States
Trotting Association – 2009 – 2017 Member # 847H14

Who's Who in America
tm - Elected Life Member, 2002

Wildwood Equestrian Center, LTD. -
Atlanta, Georgia – Former Member, Managing Board of Directors


University of Illinois (1964)

University - B. A. Liberal Arts (1967)

Chicago-Kent College of Law
(Attended briefly in 1968)

Valley Community College (2001), Web Site design course

Community College (2003), Adobe Photoshop Course


University of KentuckyNon-Lawyer Speaker for Equine Law Conference, April, 1997, 12.5 Hours, KY State Bar Association - Approved for CLE Credit

of Kentucky - Participant, Equine Law Conference, April, 1998, 12.5 Hours

of Kentucky - Participant, Equine Law Conference, April, 1999, 12.5 Hours

of Kentucky - Participant, Equine Law Conference, May, 2000, 12.5 Hours

of Kentucky - Participant, Equine Law Conference, May, 2001, 12.5 Hours

of Kentucky - Participant, Equine Law Conference, May, 2002, 12.5 Hours

of Kentucky – Participant, Equine Law Conference, May, 2003, 12.5 Hours

of Kentucky - Participant, Equine Law Conference, April, 2004, 12.5 Hours

of Kentucky Non-Lawyer Speaker for Equine Law Conference Re: Equine Valuation, May, 2005 12.5 hours - KY State Bar Approved for CLE Credit

of Kentucky Participant, Equine Law Conference, May, 2006, 12.5 Hours

of Kentucky Participant, Equine Law Conference, May, 2007, 12.5 Hours

of Kentucky – Participant, Equine Law Conference, April/May, 2008. 12.5 Hours

of Kentucky – Participant, Equine Law Conference, held May, 2009. 12.5 Hours

of Kentucky – Participant, Equine Law Conference, held April, 2010. 12.5 hours.

of Kentucky – Participant, Equine Law Conference, held April, 2011. 12.5 hours.

of Kentucky – Participant, Equine Law Conference, held April, 2013. 12.5 hours held at Keenland Racecourse, Lexington, KY

of Kentucky – Participant, Equine Law Conference, held May 3rd & 4th, 2017
         12.5 hours held at the Keenland Racecourse, Lexington, KY

Western Conference on Equine Law
- San Francisco, CA – Non-Lawyer Participant, Oct.1999.

Western Conference on Equine Law
- San Francisco, CA - Speaker, Oct. 2000; Retaining Experts and the Future of Equine Litigation; CA Bar Approved for CLE Credit

Western Conference on Equine Law -
Laverne College of Law, Ontario, CA – Non-Lawyer Participant, Oct., 2003, CA State Bar Approved for CLE Credit.

Pro-Consul Expert Seminar
- Speaker, 2/02/01, Participant’s Consideration for State Bar of Arizona CLE Credit

Arabian Horse Association -
Conference for Arabian Horse Judges, Boston, MA, 1997, 16 Hours.

American Quarter Horse Association - Judges Seminar, June 24, 1998, Fort Worth, TX.

American Society of Equine Appraisers – Adjunct Faculty - Scottsdale 1997 Appraisers School, 16 Hours - Guest Lecturer - Scottsdale 2001 Appraisers School, 1 Hour

American Society of Equine Appraisers
- USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) Course, 36 Hours, Twin Falls, ID, 1999 and 40 Hours, July, 2001 - Adv. Appraisers Course – Senior Equine Appraiser Status, awarded 8/16/01. Made a Life Member in 1991 but no longer involved with ASEA in any way.

Arizona State Bar Convention
- ADR Section & Discussion, June, 1996, 8 Hours, Ethics.

Arizona State Bar Convention
- ADR Section & Discussion, June, 1997, 8 Hours, Ethics.

Arizona State Bar Convention
- ADR Section & Discussion, June, 1998, 8 Hours,

USA Equestrian –
2002 Speaker in Charlotte, NC on competition standards & ethics, state liability statutes & US Justice Department's investigation of equine sales

USEF Equestrian -
Program sponsor for World Cup Horse Show, Las Vegas, NV, Dressage & Jumpers, April, 2005.

Arizona State Bar Association
– Non-lawyer participant in Lorman conference on Depositions conducted by Mr. Scott Richardson, Esq. - Eligible for 6 hours CLE credit, June, 2003.

State Bar Association – Non-lawyer participant in conference on Expert Witnesses, November, 2004 – Eligible for 6.5 hours CLE Credit.
         Non-lawyer participant in CLE course on depositions - Nov. 2004.

Audio Constitution Conference
– “Daubert Hearing Tactics,” September 19, 2007.

Audio Constitution Conference
–  IRS Information – October 11th, 2007

Audio Constitution Conference
– “Review of Expert Case Law,” July 30th , 2008

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA -
2001 Speaker on young horse training.

American Society of Appraisers -
Speaker on motivation and business ethics – Dec. 2004

The Horse Show -
Interviewed by Rick Lamb on horse appraisals, 2002.

KLPW Radio -
Interviewed by talk show host, 2001

Arizona College - Speaker in Marketing/Ethics, Feb. 2004

NCAA Equestrian Championship Show –
GA & NM – 2004, 2006 Finals Judge.


Regional Securities Broker/Dealer - Former Registered Representative, Series 7, 63 Licensed

Willoway Farm, Inc. - President since 1974 - Instructor/Clinician in Equitation & Horsemastership.

North American Equine Services, LLC - (Southwest Equine Appraisals) - President & CEO, 1978 to the present (Please see

Salem International University –
Adjunct Professor in the Equine Science Department teaching Ethics, Equine Valuations and Judging, Salem, West Virginia. The Equine Science Program is no longer offered.

Southwest Stalls
(Portable Horse Show Stalls) - Owner, 1985-1989, Phoenix, Arizona.

Community College - 1976 - 1986, 1991 - 1993
         Faculty Member for over 12 years - Equine Science Department
Teaching Responsibilities:
English & Western Horsemanship
Equine Judging & Evaluation
Breeding Farm Operations & Management
Light Horse Management

County Sheriff's Dept. - Former Deputy Sheriff (13 years), Foothills Posse.

Former Private Investigator
- AZ LLC. #01536738, Action, Inc., # 9405004, Exp: 2000.

– Instrument - Rated Licensed pilot in single/multi-engine Airplanes -
License #344366436.


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