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Gayle Lampe • Missouri-Kansas Horseman of the Year

For the past 34 years, Gayle Lampe has been the saddle seat program director at William Woods University’s nationally acclaimed Equestrian Science Department in Fulton, Missouri. What Gayle has accomplished at William Woods includes developing and implementing the country’s first four-year academic degree program in equestrian science. Her influence in the field has spanned four decades and has established her as a national and international leader in equestrian science. In 1996, Gail coached the United States saddle seat equitation team to a gold medal at the first-ever Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup, held at Equitana in Louisville, Kentucky.

Horses have been the center of Gayle’s life since childhood in the bluegrass country of Louisville, Kentucky. She attended Stephens College and immediately upon graduating she went to work at William Woods. As department chair, Gayle expanded the program at Williams Woods from saddle seat and hunt seat, to include dressage and western. She increased the full time faculty from one to eight members and supervised the development of some of the first riding theory courses for students.

Gayle holds judge’s cards in ten equestrian disciplines and is well on her way to her goal of judging horse shows in all 50 states. She has judged internationally in Australia, Canada, South Africa and Great Britain. She has also conducted clinics in sixteen states and three foreign countries.

Gayle has trained several William Woods horses to World and National Championships. In 2002 Gayle won the Ladies Five-Gaited class and Open Five-Gaited Championship at the Boone County Fair on her own mare, “She’s Out and About”.

Professionally, Gayle has been the recipient of the United Professional Horsemen’s Association “Trainer of the Year” award, the American Riding Instructor Certification Program’s “Instructor of the Year” award, and a two-time recipient of the “Distinguished Professor Award” at William Woods University. In 1996, Gayle authored the book Riding For Success, Both In and Out of the Show Ring.

In her spare time, which she has very little of, Gayle enjoys walking, planting trees, ping-pong and her ducks.

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