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Contacts throughout the United States have resulted in the donation of
numerous full-ride scholarships, totaling $850,000, as well as the western
barn, a tractor, two houses and several cars. One family also endowed a
$50,000 student scholarship in Gayle Lampe’s name. Lampe has worked to
encourage people to donate horses to the school’s program, and she has been
responsible for the donation of more than 2,600 horses over the years,
including ones from such celebrities as William Shatner, Wayne Newton,
Patrick Duffy, Don Mattingly and Jesse Ventura.
Lampe’s many honors include:
• Missouri Horse Shows Association “Trainer of the Year” Award, 1982
• 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 World
Championship Horse Show, 2007
• Recipient of American Riding Instructors Association’s “Master
• Instructor” Award, Naples, Fla., 2007
• Recipient of the General John B. Castleman Award, presented at the
American Saddlebred Horse Association Convention, Lexington,
Ky., 2007
Because of Lampe, William Woods University has been chosen as the site for
the Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Trials each time since they began in
1996, and WWU will again be the site for 2012. 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.
These trials continue to bring to
campus 30 of the top saddle seat riders
in the nation, as they compete to
represent the United States in the World Cup.
Lampe has judged horse shows in 43 states, as
well as Canada, England, South Africa and
Australia. She has also conducted clinics in 20
states and three foreign countries. She has
conducted the United States Equestrian
Federation 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.
Every year, Lampe’s students are encouraged to
compete in professional horse shows throughout
the nation, and every year they prove what they
have learned from “the master.” Lampe, herself,
also competes every chance she gets. She
personally won a National Championship at the
Grand National Morgan Horse Show in 1983 on
university-owned Zephyr’s King Moro.
Gayle Lampe riding her award-winning horse, Born to Win.
In addition:
• In 1984 Lampe showed an Arabian stallion, DW Bonfire, to an undefeated
season in English Pleasure.
• 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,
2009 and 2010 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 Lampe and Born to Win won 13 classes, including the Ladies Five
Gaited Championship at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show and
the inaugural Pink Ribbon Class (benefiting research for a cure for breast
cancer) which was the Ladies Five Gaited Championship at the
American Royal.
• In 2010 Lampe and Born to Win performed in the Opening Ceremonies of
the World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Lampe says she feels her greatest contribution to the horse world has been all
the students she has taught and encouraged to be riding instructors. She takes
great pride in seeing many of her graduates go on to win numerous World
Champion and National Champion titles. Many others have coached their
riders to World and National first place ribbons.
“Gayle Lampe teaches by example, an example she has been setting at William
Woods University and in the rest of the world since 1968,” said President
Barnett. “Her commitment to education has truly exemplified hard work,
dedication and discipline, and she has influenced the lives of thousands of
students who are now working in equestrian careers throughout the
United States.”
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