WWU’s Lampe Honored as Icon of Education

Gayle Lampe, professor emeritus of
equestrian studies at William Woods University,
has been named an Icon of Education by Ingram’s, Kansas City’s
business magazine. What the magazine calls an “impressive lineup” was
published in the January

Lampe was one of nine Missouri and Kansas leaders
chosen for the honor and the third honoree from William Woods University. Dr. Mary Spratt,
Cox Distinguished Professor in Science, was named an Icon in 2011, and Dr. Jahnae H.
Barnett, WWU president, was
chosen in 2010.
Ingram’s calls the educators “the best of what education in this region
has to offer.”  This year’s Missouri Icons represent
the University of Missouri, the
University of Missouri-Kansas City, the
University of Central Missouri,
Independence School District and
Johnson County Community
College. Kansas Icons
represent the University of Kansas, Kansas State University
and Pittsburg State University.
According to Dennis Boone, managing editor
of Ingram’s, “one of this region’s true strengths is a network of outstanding
educational assets.” He
attributes that to
“administrators with vision, instructors with passion to cultivate young minds.”
Lampe is a
national and
international leader in equestrian
science, one of William Woods University’s largest majors and a field with a
substantial economic impact in the region.
She is an instructor, coach, trainer, judge and rider.
For 43 years, she has been an influential force in William Woods
University’s internationally acclaimed equestrian studies division, literally
touching the lives of thousands of students.
When she
joined the WWU faculty fresh out of college in 1968, she was
the only equestrian faculty member, but she fostered the growth of the program,
adding dressage and western to the
existing saddle seat and hunt seat disciplines. She then became chair of the
large and growing Equestrian Studies Division and was instrumental in developing
the world’s first four-year academic degree program in equestrian
science in 1972.

She is a
two-time recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award
at William Woods University, an honor bestowed by the student body. She wrote
“Riding for Success, Both in and Out of
the Show Ring,” a book used extensively in equestrian
education circles. Because it is
hard for students to take notes while riding, she thought the book would be
helpful, not just to WWU students, but to other riders.
Due largely to Lampe’s efforts, William Woods University has
a reputation for
providing one of the finest equestrian studies programs in the
country – filling a national,
regional and local demand for
graduates holding a four-year equestrian science degree. This demand is
heightened by a thriving equine industry that contributes
about $112 billion to the U.S. gross
domestic product each year.
Today the university’s main equestrian facilities encompass a
city block with more than 150
large box stalls in four barns,
two heated indoor arenas, a
lighted outdoor ring and a 40-acre cross-country field. Many
breeds of horses are represented at William Woods, including American
Saddlebreds, Quarter Horses, Morgans, Thoroughbreds, Arabians, Warmbloods and
The equestrian studies program is the most popular field of
study at William Woods. There are
currently 166 equestrian science majors and 40 equine administration majors. There are 15
students currently pursuing a new equine general studies
degree. The job placement rate for WWU equestrian graduates is nearly 100 percent.
extensive contacts in the horse
world and reputation among alumni and other
equestrians have given her
opportunities to assist with various university projects, as well as helping
many students obtain scholarships and jobs. Friends of hers who have
attended her spring
equestrian clinics for many years on WWU campus donated large sums of money to
renovate one large arena and to build the second indoor arena
recently, in addition to
funding past facility improvements. The addition of the second arena allowed
the university to expand its ever-popular
equestrian program.
throughout the United States
have resulted in the donation
of numerous full-ride
scholarships, totally $850,000, as well as the western barn, a
tractor, two houses and several cars. One family also endowed a $50,000 student
scholarship in Gayle Lampe’s
name. Lampe has worked to encourage people to donate
horses to the school’s
program, and she has been responsible for the donation of more than 2,600
horses over the years,
including ones from such celebrities as William
Shatner, Wayne Newton, Patrick Duffy, Don Mattingly and Jesse Ventura.
many honors include:
  • Missouri
    Horse Shows Association
    “Trainer of the Year” Award, 1982
  • United Professional Horsemen’s Association
    Equitation Instructor of the Year Award, 1995
  • American
    Riding Instructor Certification Program’s Instructor of the Year Award,
  • Inducted into the St. Louis National
    Charity Horse Show “Hall of Fame,” 1996
  • American
    Royal Missouri-Kansas
    Horse Person of the Year, 2002
  • Lurline Roth Sportsmanship
    Award, received at the American
    Saddlebred Horse Convention,
    Lexington, Ky., 2004
  • Audrey Gutridge Award, presented
    at the Kentucky State Fair
    World Championship Horse Show, 2007
  • Recipient of American
    Riding Instructors Association’s
    “Master Instructor” Award, Naples, Fla., 2007
  • Recipient of the General
    John B. Castleman Award, presented at the American
    Saddlebred Horse Association
    Lexington, Ky., 2007
of Lampe, William Woods University has been chosen as
the site for the Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup
Trials each
time since
they began in
1996, and WWU will
again be the site for 2012. In
1996 she coached
the United States
Saddle Seat Equitation Team to a gold
medal in team and
individual c