Page 9 - The Woods Magazine - Summer 2012

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this award,” said
Gayle Lampe
, professor
emeritus of equestrian studies. It is no surprise
to me either, because of all the students I’ve
taught, these two have always had the
enthusiasm and work ethic to make it
in the industry.”
Originally from California, Mary Orr came
to WWU as a Western rider. As her adviser,
Lampe introduced her to saddle seat “because
I knew she had the enthusiasm to really
love it.”
Close Ties with The Woods
The Orrs have kept close ties with William
Woods since their graduation. They have
returned both separately and together to host
clinics for WWU students and horses, and
Mary Orr spoke at WWU’s EQS Academic
Showcase in 2010.
“I rode with Mary and Evan at William
Woods when they returned to give a clinic
and it is very clear that they both have a deep
understanding of how horses think and how to
get them to give you their best,” said
Maria
Nozzi
, a 2011 WWU graduate.
Erika Campbell
, a recent studio art
graduate at WWU, agreed, “Mary and Evan
Orr are some of the nicest, most well-rounded
instructors I’ve ridden with. They are able to
clearly take in the horse’s build and the rider’s
abilities so that they know exactly what the
pair is capable of.”
In the past year, the Orrs welcomed two
William Woods University graduates to their
staff at High Caliber Stables.
Lauren Blue
,
a 1996 graduate, is now a riding instructor.
Liza Payne
, who graduated from WWU
in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree
in communication and equine general
studies, is Mary and Evan’s assistant trainer.
Grand Success
Together the Orrs have trained several
World Champion horses and riders, including
two-time World Grand Champion and Triple
Crown winner, CH Our Charming Lady.
“When Our Charming Lady and I won our
second 3-Gaited World Grand Championship,
it was 10 years to the day that I had helped
Kim Cowart
, another WWU graduate and
my then employer, to win the same
championship,” said Mary Orr.
They received another award in 2010 when
the Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas
named High Caliber Stables the High Point
Performance Barn of the Year.
But training horses is only a small part of
what they do at High Caliber Stables. To run
a successful business, Mary and Evan have
embraced the many resources available to
them: the Internet, social networking sites,
and the world of public relations.
High Caliber Stables has a weekly
newsletter about what’s happening that
week at the barn and a Facebook page where
colleagues, customers and their staff can share
pictures, stories, and information. In many
ways, these things are key to their success.
“You’ve got to be conscious of how you
are perceived in the community and by your
customers,” said Evan Orr. “The weekly
newsletter isn’t just for our customers, but
for friends and family so that they know
what’s going on at the barn, who’s having
a birthday that week, and any new additions
we might have.”
The deep connection that riders and their
parents have with High Caliber Stables sets
them apart from many other barns.
“This may be our job and our livelihood,
but this is their hobby. We want our barn to be
a place where they enjoy coming,” explained
Evan Orr. “It’s open and welcoming, and they
enjoy hanging out and watching others ride. It
becomes a kind of large, dysfunctional family
where everyone supports everyone.”
Mary Marcum Orr rides the
much-celebrated eight-time World
Champion, CH Our Charming Lady.
We feel that a lot of our
success is due to our
education at William
Woods University