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Gayle Lampe, professor emeritus of equestrian studies at William Woods
University, has been named an Icon of Education by Ingram’s, Kansas City’s
business magazine. What the magazine calls an “impressive lineup” was
published in the January issue.
Lampe was one of nine Missouri and Kansas leaders chosen for the honor and
the third honoree from William Woods University. Dr. Mary Spratt, Cox
Distinguished Professor in Science, was named an Icon in 2011, and Dr.
Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president, was chosen in 2010.
Ingram’s calls the educators “the best of what education in this region has to
offer.” This year’s Missouri Icons represent the University of Missouri, the
University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Central Missouri,
Independence School District and Johnson County Community College.
Kansas Icons represent the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and
Pittsburg State University.
According to Dennis Boone, managing editor of Ingram’s, “one of this region’s
true strengths is a network of outstanding educational assets.” He attributes
that to “administrators with vision, instructors with passion to cultivate
young minds …”
Lampe is a national and international leader in equestrian science, one of
William Woods University’s largest majors and a field with a substantial
economic impact in the region.
She is an instructor, coach, trainer, judge and rider. For 43 years, she has
been an influential force in William Woods University’s internationally
acclaimed equestrian studies division, literally touching the lives of
thousands of students.
When she joined the WWU faculty fresh out of college in 1968, she was the
only equestrian faculty member, but she fostered the growth of the program,
adding dressage and western to the existing saddle seat and hunt seat
disciplines. She then became chair of the large and growing Equestrian
Studies Division and was
instrumental in developing the
world’s first four-year academic
degree program in equestrian
science in 1972.
She is a two-time recipient of the
Distinguished Professor Award
at William Woods University, an
honor bestowed by the student
body. She wrote “Riding for
Success, Both in and Out of the
Show Ring,” a book used
extensively in equestrian
education circles. Because it is
hard for students to take notes
while riding, she thought the
book would be helpful, not just
to WWU students, but to
other riders.
Due largely to Lampe’s efforts,
William Woods University has a
reputation for providing one of
the finest equestrian studies
programs in the country—filling a national, regional and local demand for
graduates holding a four-year equestrian science degree. This demand is
heightened by a thriving equine industry that contributes about $112 billion to
the U.S. gross domestic product each year.
Today the university’s main equestrian facilities encompass a city block with
more than 150 large box stalls in four barns, two heated indoor arenas, a
lighted outdoor ring and a 40-acre cross-country field. Many breeds of horses
are represented at William Woods, including American Saddlebreds, Quarter
Horses, Morgans, Thoroughbreds, Arabians, Warmbloods and Friesians.
The equestrian studies program is the most popular field of study at William
Woods. There are currently 166 equestrian science majors and 40 equine
administration majors. There are 15 students currently pursuing a new equine
general studies degree. The job placement rate for WWU equestrian graduates
is nearly 100 percent.
Lampe’s extensive contacts in the horse world and reputation among alumni
and other equestrians have given her opportunities to assist with various
university projects, as well as helping many students obtain scholarships and
jobs. Friends of hers who have attended her spring equestrian clinics for many
years on WWU campus donated large sums of money to renovate one large
arena and to build the second indoor arena recently, in addition to funding
past facility improvements. The addition of the second arena allowed the
university to expand its ever-popular equestrian program.
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