Lampe Wins National Championship at American Royal

Gayle Lampe’s horse, Callaway’s Born to Win, continues to live up to its name, as the pair won the Ladies Five-Gaited National Championship at the UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse Show.


Just one of many championships claimed by the duo in recent years, this one was particularly important for Lampe, well-known William Woods University professor of equestrian science.


The Ladies Five-Gaited National Championship class was the inaugural “Pink Ribbon Class-Ride for the Cure,” raising $16,000 for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation for breast cancer research.


Lampe was a sponsor of the class, celebrating and honoring her lifelong friend and former college roommate, Peggy Webber of St. Louis, for her courage and strength in battling breast cancer.


“I always love to ride my horse and this is the division we compete in. But tonight I got to do something more; tonight I got to ride for Peggy and to do something to raise money for breast cancer research,” Lampe said.


Most everyone sported at least a touch of pink—pink ties, pink ribbons braided into horse and pony manes, even pink racing silks. Lampe wore a pink riding coat to show her support for the cause, and the band played the theme from the “Pink Panther.”


As the winner of the Ladies Five-Gaited National Championship, Lampe received a custom-made brooch, valued at $1,200, designed by Churchwell’s Jewelry. She in turn presented it to Webber, asking that she wear it to remember the “Pink Ribbon Class” and honor their friendship.

Ann Rowland, chair of the American Royal, commented, “The UPHA American Royal Horse Show has found a new way to bring people together, both to do some good for a cause that has affected so many of us, and to put on an exciting show. . .The Pink Ribbon Class showed all of us how creative, close-knit and generous our horse show community can be.”


Equestrian students from William Woods also captured numerous ribbons at the American Royal, Nov. 13-17 in Kansas City, Mo. The show featured three-gaited, five-gaited, pleasure and fine harness classes.


Chelsie Smith of Monroe, N.C., showing Certainly a Star, won 1st place in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Park and 1st place in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Park Championship.


Spencer Day of Johnstown, N.Y., riding CH Sportster, placed 3rd in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Open and 3rd in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Open Stake.


Michelle Macklin of Key Biscayne, Fla., and Callaway’s Abigail Adams received 4th place in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Jr. Exhibitor/Amateur and 4th in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Jr. Exhibitor/Amateur Championship.


Mary Mandel of Lander, Wyo., rode Keep it Simple to 4th place in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Amateur Show Pleasure and 8th place in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Amateur Show Pleasure Championship.


Jenna Montani of Pembroke, Mass., and Lydian received 7th in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Park and 8th in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Park Championship.


Chris Hostetter of Denver, Colo., riding I Found My Champagne, took 7th place in the Missouri-Kansas Five-Gaited Show Pleasure.


Elise Hagenow of Manchester, N.H., and Valhalla’s King of Hearts placed 2nd in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Amateur Show Pleasure and 3rd in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Amateur Show Pleasure Championship.

Sarah MacKenna of Bow, N.H., and The Gal Next Door received 6th in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Amateur Show Pleasure Championship and 7th in the Missouri-Kansas Three-Gaited Amateur Show Pleasure. MacKenna also showed Winsdown Art Work and received 8th in the Missouri-Kansas Five-Gaited and 8th place in the Missouri-Kansas Five-Gaited Championship.


Ashley George of Albuquerque, N.M., and Trefethen placed 2nd in the Missouri-Kansas Amateur Country Pleasure and 3rd in the Missouri-Kansas Amateur Country Pleasure Championship.


Jesse West of Gaston, Ore., showing Simply Phine for Mike Wessel, placed 2nd in the Missouri Breeders’ Challenge Weanling Stake. West also showed another horse, It’s the Irish Rose, and received 6th in the Missouri Breeder’s Challenge Weanling Stake.


Emma Nichols of Laurinburg, N.C. showed her own horse and placed in the top 10 in the UPHA Challenge Cup National Finals.


Lampe and Laura Ward, assistant professor of equestrian science, coached the WWU students at the show.

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Callaway’s Born to Win and Gayle Lampe, professor of equestrian science at William Woods University, win the inaugural Ladies Five-gaited National Championship “Pink Ribbon Class—Ride for the Cure” at the American Royal. (Photo by Avis)

Peggy Webber (left) of St. Louis and Gayle Lampe feed a peppermint to Lampe’s horse, Callaway’s Born to Win, at the American Royal. Lampe, professor of equestrian science at William Woods University, won the inaugural Ladies Five-gaited National Championship “Pink Ribbon Class—Ride for the Cure,” celebrating the life of Webber, her lifelong friend and former college roommate. (Photo by Richard Webber)