Gayle Lampe

Professor Emeritus, Equestrian Science, Saddle Seat


Summary of Expertise:

  • Gayle Lampe is a national and international leader in equestrian science. She is an instructor, coach, trainer, judge and rider. For 42 years, she has been an instrumental force in William Woods University's nationally acclaimed equestrian studies division, where she participated in the development of the country's first four-year academic degree program in equestrian science. She has judged horse shows in 43 states, as well as Canada, England, South Africa and Australia. She has also conducted clinics in 19 states and 3 foreign countries. She has conducted the USEF Judges clinics for Applicants, Saddle Seat Equitation, Saddlebred Horses, and National Show Horses for the last four years. She has trained several William Woods horses to world and national championships. In 1996, she coached the United States saddle seat equitation team to a gold medal in team and individual competition at the first-ever Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup. She personally won a national championship at the Grand National Morgan Horse Show in 1983 on Zephyr’s King Moro. In August 2003, she won the Ladies Five-Gaited Championship at the Kentucky State Fair on her own horse, Callaway's Born to Win. She won the Ladies Five-Gaited Championship at the UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse show in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 on Born to Win. She was Reserve World Champion Ladies Five-Gaited in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009.  She won the World Champion Ladies Five-Gaited gelding title in 2009, with Born to Win.  In 2007 Gayle and Born To Win won thirteen classes including the Ladies Five Gaited Championship at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show and the inaugural Pink Ribbon Class (benefiting research for the cure for breast cancer) which was the Ladies Five Gaited Championship at the American Royal.  She repeated that win in 2008.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Horse Show Judging; particularly Saddlebreds, Morgans, Arabians, National Show Horses, Hackney Harness, Roadsters and Saddle Seat Equitation
  • Saddle Seat Teaching
  • Theory of Saddle Seat
  • Saddle Seat Training Methods
  • Horse Evaluation
  • Techniques of Show Coaching
  • Stable Management
  • Saddle Seat Applied Riding


  • M.Ed., William Woods University, 1997
  • B.A., Secondary Education, Stephens College, Columbia, Mo., 1968
  • Associate of Arts, Stephens College, Columbia, Mo., 1966

Professional Achievements:

  • Faculty member, William Woods University, since 1968
  • Saddle Seat Program Director/ Professor, Equestrian Science, William Woods University
  • Former chair, Equestrian Science Division, William Woods University


  • American Saddlebred Horse Museum, Life Member
  • American Saddlebred Horse Association, Life Member
  • American Morgan Horse Association, Life Member
  • International Arabian Horse Association, Life Member
  • United Professional Horsemen's Association
  • United States Equestrian Federation, Life Member
  • Responsible for the donation of more than 2,100 horses to WWU
  • Procurer and caretaker of exotic ducks at WWU
  • "Ringmaster" for the Audrain County Historical Society
  • Board of Editors, Member, Saddle & Bridle Magazine
  • National Junior Horseperson of the Year Award selection committee member and spokesperson for the committee for United States Equestrian Federation

Honors and/or awards:

  • Missouri Horse Shows Association "Trainer of the Year" Award, 1982
  • Two time recipient of the "Distinguished Professor Award" at WWU, 1971 & 1988
  • United Professional Horsemen's Association Equitation Instructor of the Year Award, 1995
  • American Riding Instructor Certification Program's Instructor of the Year Award, 1996
  • Inducted into the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show “Hall of Fame”, 1996
  • American Royal Missouri-Kansas Horse Person of the Year, 2002
  • Lurline Roth Sportsmanship Award, received at the American Saddlebred Horse Convention, Lexington, KY, 2004
  • Audrey Gutridge Award, presented at the Kentucky State Fair Horse Show, 2007
  • Recipient of American Riding Instructor’s Association’s “Master Instructor” Award, Naples, Florida, 2007
  • Recipient of the General John B. Castleman Award, presented at the American Saddlebred Horse Association Convention, Lexington, KY, 2007


  • Book: “Riding for Success, Both In and Out of the Show Ring”