Gayle Lampe, William Woods University professor of equestrian science, had the experience of a lifetime at the Louisville World’s Championship Horse Show.
Lampe is a national and international leader in equestrian science. She is an instructor, coach, trainer, judge and rider. For nearly 40 years, she has been an instrumental force in William Woods University’s nationally acclaimed equestrian studies division, where she participated in the development of the country’s first four-year academic degree program in equestrian science.
At the Louisville World’s Championship Horse Show, she was recognized for lifetime achievement as a professional horsewoman when she received the Audrey Pugh Gutridge Award.
“It was the biggest thrill in the world to win the Audrey Pugh Gutridge Award,” Lampe said. “I knew Audrey, and she was the first major professional horsewoman. Women really didn’t train horses before then. She paved the way for women professionals in the saddlebred world.”
As if the award wasn’t enough acknowledgment for Lampe, five of her former students won World Championships.
Lampe is the saddle seat instructor at William Woods, where she has taught for 39 years. Her greatest desire is to see her students succeed.
“To see five of my students win world championships was amazing,” Lampe said. “It was great!”
In addition, Lampe and her horse, CH Callaway’s Born to Win, received Reserve World Champion in the Ladies Five-Gaited Gelding class and the Ladies Five-Gaited Championship.
Her former students who won World Championships are:
• Kim Cowart, a 1981 graduate, who rode Platinum’s New Look to a World Championship in Ladies Five-Gaited Gelding.
• Maureen Lydon, a 1993 graduate, who drove Dun-Haven Phenomenal to win the World Championship in Harness Pony Stallion/Gelding Stake.
• Megan Nicole Harrison, a 2000 graduate, who rode Lady Bella to a World Championship in the Ladies Five-Gaited Mare class.
• Mary Marcum Orr, a 2001 graduate, who was the World Champion in Ladies Three-Gaited 15.2 and Under class, riding Our Charming Lady.
• Zach Duffy, a 2005 graduate, who captured a World Championship in Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited, riding Lovely Addition.
The Louisville World’s Championship Horse Show is held in late August in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Ky. The annual event attracts more than 2,000 horses world-wide, awarding premiums in excess of $1 million.