Having made a name for herself both in and out of the show ring, Gayle Lampe has taken a life-long passion and created an on-going tradition of excellence and achievement at William Woods University.
Lampe has established herself as a national and international leader in equestrian science and helped make the equestrian studies division at William Woods into what it is today. As a professor of equestrian science, she teaches saddle seat at WWU.
“Give me somebody who is hungry for the horse business. They must have a real desire. If they have the ‘want-to,’ I can give them the rest,” she says.
Lampe began working for William Woods after graduating in 1968 from Stephens College with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. She was determined to make the program the best in the nation.
“I love to teach, and when I came here I was inspired to create a program that would surpass the one at my alma mater.”
When she took the position at WWU she was the only equine faculty member in charge of 20 horses. Eventually she helped expand the program from saddle seat and hunt seat to include western and dressage. She also supervised the development of some of the first riding theory courses for students.
William Woods began offering the country’s first four-year academic degree program in equestrian science in 1972. The equestrian program now houses 106 horses, has four barns covering a city block and six full-time faculty members.
Lampe works to help her students realize that “the physical and mental effort needed to be in the horse business can be all-consuming.” In the end, she is happy with the results.
“I’m always amazed as I watch how my students grow over the years. I work hard to place our students in suitable jobs, but my biggest thrill is meeting them several years later and seeing how successful they are. It makes it all worthwhile.”
Lampe has trained several William Woods horses to world and national championships, including My Crown Royal, Zephyr’s King Moro, Junior Bob and Sweet Sharon Supreme. She personally won a national championship at the Grand National Morgan Horse Show in 1983 on Zephyr’s King Moro.
During her years of teaching at William Woods, Lampe has won several awards for her dedication and involvement with horses. She was the recipient of the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Equitation Instructor of the Year, the Missouri Horse Shows Association Trainer of the Year and the American Riding Instructor Certification Program’s Instructor of the Year. She is also a two-time recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award at William Woods.
In addition to her many awards, Lampe is a member of the board of editors and has been writing a monthly column for Saddle and Bridle magazine for four years. She is also the author of the book, “Riding for Success, Both In and Out of the Show Ring.”
She is a member of the World Cup Saddle Seat Equitation Committee of the USA Equestrian Association and is licensed by the American Riding Instructor Certification Program (ARICP) to teach saddle seat through the advanced level. She is only one of four people in the world to hold this license.
In 1996, Lampe coached the United States saddle seat equitation team to a gold medal in team and individual competition at the first-ever Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup. She was a judge for the competition in 2000. Trials for the American World Cup team were held at William Woods in 1996 and every time since.
She has judged horse shows in 39 states, as well as Canada, England, South Africa and Australia.
Outside of the barn, Lampe enjoys walking, ping-pong and her ducks (which she kindly shares with the campus). Two years ago, she won a gold medal at the Missouri Show Me Games in the women’s singles table tennis.