With its setting in the center of a 26,000 acre cattle ranch, horsemanship is a central program and central conveyor of lessons and experience to Orme Students.
Brian and Paula Bausch bring a wealth of equine and riding experience to campus as world-class trainers, clinicians, and performers of trick riding and roping, fancy gun handling, trick shooting, and Roman riding.
Perhaps, most importantly, they understand the centrality of horsemanship to Orme students and the great Orme campus.
The “skills, acquired in the Orme School Horsemanship Program, can be applied by our students as they develop healthier relationships and make positive contributions to campus life,” Brian observed.
A graduate of Kansas State University, Brian has managed a 100 head herd at the Double JJ Resort & Ranch in West Michigan. He is a five-time World and National Champion Cowboy, including the 2010 MSA World Champion Overall and the 2012 Project Cowboy Champion.
Equally accomplished in her own right, Paula Bausch is a three-time MSA National Champion Ladies Overall, and has a degree in Graphic Design.
“Working with a horse strengthens an individual’s communication skills, decision-making abilities, and power to make good judgments as our students develop and increase self-awareness and leadership, and also learn that they need to be responsible for themselves and others. We are excited to bring to Orme the knowledge we’ve gained from our mentors and the students of our private instruction over the years,” Paula Bausch explained.