The Orme School Horsemanship Program

Since the first day the Orme family moved to the Quarter Circle V-Bar Ranch in 1929, horses have been an integral part of this place.

Lauren and Douglas
Horsemanship Director Douglas Owens, and Assistant Director Lauren Alexander.

Whether you are an experienced equestrian or a novice, all Orme students participate in our legendary Horsemanship Program. Orme Horsemanship, recently featured in Western Horseman Magazine, offers our students the full breadth of equestrian opportunities, educating even the most timid non-horse enthusiast into comfort and confidence in the saddle. Many students benefit from extreme gains of self-confidence, and the focus required around horses.

Foundations are formed in Western riding fundamentals and executed by practicing the precision control of both horse and rider. Due to our having the largest equine facility of any high school program in Arizona, Orme students are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience of real equine professionals.

The Orme Horsemanship Program is continuing its heritage of a working ranch atmosphere, offering cattle drives, sorting, doctoring cattle, cutting, break-away roping, and team roping activities. Students that thrive in these events, and embrace the discipline and responsibility, are seen in the competition arenas at the Arizona High School Rodeos, and AQHA regional events.

The Orme School’s campus includes:

  • Four separate arenas
  • Three round pens
  • Show quality stall barn
  • 20-stall mare motel
  • Capacity for up to 80 horses