The staff members here at Orrion Farms are more than employees; they are the pulse of our program. Across the board, they are exceptional because their care for the horses is a reflection of their integrity and character. Rather than doing the minimum, our staff consistently offer their best. We are grateful and proud to have one of the finest groups of people in the Arabian horse community working here, at Orrion Farms.
Meet the Faces of Orrion Farms
Our loyal, hardworking staff stands as the vibrant heartbeat of Orrion Farms. They infuse their passion and love for horses into every detail. Many have been with Orrion Farms for more than 20 years and remain an intricate part of each step of the journey. Every person – down to the youngest grandchild – is interwoven into the Orrion Farms family. We are stronger together.
Allow us to introduce you to a few of them.
Doug Leadley – Ellensburg Farm Director
With Orrion Farms since 2000
Personal Interests: I grew up on a lake, so I loved to water ski. Now I just boat!
Words to Live By: Life is humbling to us all. Stay grounded. Treat people and animals with respect and kindness.
If one person could be said to have a finger on the pulse of the heart of Orrion Farms, it would most certainly be Doug Leadley, an astute and titled horseman with an astounding resume who has been with Orrion Farms since 2000.
Doug was born in Burlington, Wisconsin. Raised in the horse business, Doug’s grandfather, Donald Leadley, trained American Saddlebreds and owned one of the largest riding academies in Chicago, where a young Doug first learned to ride.
Doug’s father, Richard Leadley, carried on the family tradition training American Saddlebreds. But in the mid 60s, a fork in the road led to Richard joining Heritage Hills Arabians, a prominent Arabian horse breeding farm in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Richard was named head trainer, thereby setting in motion not only the remainder of his own career, but his son’s as well.
Doug began training professionally soon after high school, partnering with his father at Heritage Hills Arabians, before moving to Minnesota to manage his own stable, Birch Valley Arabians. Several years later, he was given an opportunity he could not refuse. Doug managed Strutz Kentucky Park, a leading Arabian breeding program that successfully secured the lease of the Arabian breed’s top producing stallion, Bey Shah. Doug managed the elite stallion for eight years.
In 2000, Harold and Dolly Orr brought Doug in to manage Orrion Farms. He has been with the farm ever since and has been undoubtedly instrumental in rebuilding the breeding program for Steve and Christina Poore.
Doug manages with tidiness and extreme organization. (His home life is no different; even his closet is organized by color.) Everything is always in its place, and it results in a peacefulness amidst the many moving parts of a large horse farm.
Doug brings an astounding amount of knowledge and global perspective to Orrion Farms, ensuring that it is in capable hands for years to come.
Andrew Sellman – Scottsdale Farm Director
With Orrion Farms since 2020
Personal Interests: My personal time revolves around my wonderful wife and children. I enjoy cooking for my family and doing projects around the house. My children are 17, 15, 5, and 2. I enjoy drawing, boating and doing almost anything with my family.
I started my showing Arabians at 8 years old. My passion for training and showing began at the Minnesota Arabian Horse Breeders Fall Festival where I showed Amateur halter for Cedar Ridge Arabians, The Ames Family. I worked for the Ames’s while I went to College at The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, then worked for them full time for 8 years. I then worked for Greg and Nancy Gallun for 5 years until I opens my own business called Argent Farms. In 2017, I accepted a position as Trainer at Sahara Scottsdale. I am now thrilled to be a part of Orrion Farms whose goals and ambitions run parallel with mine.
I would describe myself as, Grateful, Kind, honest, fair, hardworking, and happy. I’m married to my best friend, Angie and I feel my best years are ahead.
- Shown over 100 National Champions.
- Showed 4 National Champion Stallions in 4 different countries in the same year.
- 5 time APAHA Halter trainer of the year awards and inducted into the APAHA HALL OF FAME.
- 4 Time Arabian Horse Times Readers Choice Halter trainer of the year
- 4 Time Las Vegas World Cup Handler of excellence
- 2 time USEF Horseman of the year, Norman K. Dunn award recipient
- 2019 AHA Presidents Award Recipient
- AHA Chairman of the Breeding, In-Hand Committee
- Chairman of the Arabian Halter Committee
Lucas Gomes Sobral – Breeding Manager
With Orrion Farms Since 2018
Personal Interests: Camping with his wife, Macie, around Washington and playing guitar.
Words to Live By: If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.
Lucas was born in São Paulo, Brazil and brings a wealth of knowledge to Orrion Farms’ outstanding breeding program. Lucas is responsible for equine embryo transfers, foaling management and stallion management.
Lucas came to Orrion Farms after working for Zerlotti Genetics in Texas for over 10 years where he performed over 2,000 successful embryo transplants, a statistic unmatched by the vast majority in the global Arabian horse industry.
Jeff Smith – Director of Facilities
With Orrion Farms Since 2020
Personal Interests: Boatbuilding, hiking the forest, growing food, and cooking with his wife, Laura.
Words to Live By: Every member of a team is essential to its success.
Ever since the day Jeff’s master builder grandfather Harold first put a hammer in his hand and gave him a project, Jeff has been hooked on building things.
From those childhood summers on the farm in central Florida, where morning chores included feeding the hogs and Bucky the aptly-named Shetland pony, harvesting tomatoes and citrus from the garden, and working on a building or repair project, Jeff has been engaged in the details of making a property hum.
As a two-decade building industry professional, Jeff has focused on both strategic planning and tactical tasks as a project manager and engineer, site superintendent, carpenter, and cabinet maker.
In 2016, Jeff oversaw the initial Orrion Farms – Ellensburg renovation process as the project manager for the general contractor. He fell in the love with the place, and is thankful to join the staff in 2020 as the Director of Facilities.