American Royal: a Great Show for WWU

William Woods University faculty and students had an incredible show at the American Royal Horse Show in Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 15-19. All students won ribbons, including numerous first place ribbons.


The American Royal is the third leg of the Saddlebred Triple Crown and, as such, is one of the most competitive shows in the nation. Students and instructors alike were thrilled with the school’s performance.


Gayle Lampe, professor of equestrian science, showed her own well-known Callaway’s Born to Win to win the Ladies Five-Gaited Gelding class. The pair also went on to take the blue in the Ladies Five-Gaited National Championship, in front of a delighted crowd.


Lampe’s young Our Charming Lady was shown by Kent Swalla to win the Missouri/Kansas 3-Gaited Stake, after taking fourth in the 15.2 and Under qualifier.


Courtney Miller of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., rode Trefethen to a first place in the Missouri/Kansas Country Pleasure qualifier as well as the Championship.


Hillary Senecal of Johnsonville, N.Y., teamed up with Lydian to take the blue in the Missouri/Kansas 3-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship, after pinning third in the Adult qualifier.


Jackie Ware, of Duluth, Ga., catch-rode Callaway’s Sunday Edit for owner Dawn Fire, and won both the Missouri/Kansas 3-Gaited Amateur or Junior Exhibitor stake and qualifier.

Peter Mace of Beaverton, Ore., and Jimmy Bushard of Random Lake, Wis., teamed up to help owner Mike Wessel get Racing Stripe into the ring for the Missouri Breeders Challenge Weanling Stake. With Mace as the handler and Bushard as the tailer, Racing Stripe took first place in the competitive class.


Wessel also enlisted help from WWU students for his other weanling, Extra Point, who was to show in the same class. Bushard headed and Amanda Wright of Ilion, N.Y., tailed. Extra Point took seventh.


Wright also stepped up to take the blue in the Missouri/Kansas Five-Gaited Amateur or Junior Exhibitor class, and then went back to take third in the champio


Kirsten Lorence of Eden Prairie, Mo., rode Callaway’s Abigail Adams to a second place finish in both the Missouri/Kansas 3-Gaited Amateur or Junior Exhibitor stake and qualifier.


Suzanne Johnson of Aurora, I.L., put I Found My Champagne through his paces to capture third place in the Missouri/Kansas Five-Gaited Show Pleasure championship, after a fifth place finish in the championship.


Talley Harris of Kings Mountain, N.C., showed her own horse, Studcor Donatello, to a seventh place finish in the Amateur 5-Gaited Stallion/Gelding class.


WWU riders were coached by Lampe and Laura Ward, assistant professor and chair of equestrian science.


In addition, WWU student Jamie Bender of Springfield, Neb., sang the National Anthem at the horse show Friday night.


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Gayle Lampe, William Woods University professor of equestrian science, on Callaway’s Born to Win