Page 8 - The Woods Magazine - Summer 2012

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o o d s
William Woods University alumni
Mary
Marcum Orr
and
Evan Orr
received the
Young Professionals of the Year Award from
the United Professional Horsemen’s
Association (UPHA).
The Orrs own and operate High Caliber
Stables in Kernersville, N.C. They specialize
in serious training for seasoned riders
preparing to show, but also offer instruction
to beginning saddle seat riders.
“It’s an incredible honor for Evan and me
to be named Young Professionals of the Year,”
Mary Orr said. “It’s an indication that we’re
headed in the right direction within the
industry and even though we accepted this
award, I feel like it reflects on our barn and
our staff.”
Young Professionals
The Young Professionals Committee was
established to provide a professional
organization for horsemen and women ages
35 and under. The committee is dedicated to
promoting the equine industry and supporting
the efforts of the UPHA.
Each year, a member in good standing is
chosen to receive the Young Professional of
the Year Award. The winners of this award
exemplify the objectives and initiatives of
UPHA and show dedication to their
profession. The Orrs received their award
at UPHA’s national convention Jan. 7.
Both young trainers graduated from
WWU in 2001 with bachelor's degrees in
equestrian science.
Evan Orr was the first male student
accepted at William Woods University and
was also a founding father of the Phi Gamma
Delta fraternity on WWU’s campus.
Mary Orr earned her Master of Education
degree at Columbia College in 2003, and
completed much of her graduate work with
Laura Ward
, assistant professor of equestrian
studies at WWU.
“We feel that a lot of our success is due to
our education at William Woods University,”
said Mary Orr. “I don’t think we’d be where
we are today without Gayle Lampe and Laura
Ward, who have been a huge part of
our lives.”
“I am so proud of Mary and Evan that
their peers within the UPHA chose them for
Mary and Evan Orr celebrate a successful
2010 Lexington show, topped off with
a 3-Gaited Open win.