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By Erin Crooks, news editor
William Woods University alumni Mary Marcum Orr and
Evan Orr recently received the Young Professionals of the
Year Award from the United Professional
Horsemen’s Association.
The Orrs own and operate High Caliber Stables in
Kernersville, N.C. They specialize in serious training for
seasoned riders looking to show, but also offer instruction
to beginner 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.”
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 Professionals of the Year Award. The winners
of this award exemplify the objectives and initiatives of
the UPHA and show dedication to their profession. The
Orrs received their award at the UPHA’s national
convention Jan 7.
Both young trainers graduated from William Woods
University in 2001with bachelors 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 did 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 this award,” said Gayle Lampe,
professor emeritus of equestrian science. It’s no surprise to
me either because of all the students I’ve trained, these two
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Mary and Evan Orr with one of their students, 2011 Lexington Junior League Jr.
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