In 1989, Barbara Ellison established Wild Turkey Farm in the lush, pristine hills of Woodside, California. Her lifelong love of horses and sport horse competition led to the acquisition of her first Holsteiner stallion in 1996, superstar Liocalyon. Today, the Oregon native has expanded the farm into a world-class breeding operation, now located in Wilsonville, Oregon, that boasts six extraordinary stallions, twenty-three broodmares, multiple young offspring and dozens of competive shows horses. Barb is actively involved in every aspect of the farm from the day-to-day training of the youngsters to meticulously planning every detail of Wild Turkey Farm’s new 220-acre facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. She is fueled by her strong passion for horses and a commitment to producing quality athletes with especially great minds.
Wild Turkey Farm enthusiastically announces Soehnke Theymann as our head trainer. Originally from Germany, Soehnke began his education at his family's successful breeding and training farm in Dortmund, and later studied Farm Management from one of the top agricultural schools in Germany - Fachhochschule Sudost Westfalen. He's trained and competed all over Europe and the U.S. and has become recognized as a talent for his ability to develop horses of all levels.
Kelli Johnston is a wonderful rider and a dedicated professional with a wealth of experience in all areas - training young horses, horse care and stable and equine management. Since joining Wild Turkey Farm in 2002, she can always be counted on to keep things running smoothly and she is excellent with our young horses. Kelli has worked with several well-run programs including Willow Tree Farm (Butch and Lu Thomas), Calvacade Farm (Mr. and Mrs. David Watson) and Excalibur Farms (Mr. Robert McNeil).
Darlene received a B.S. from Oregon State University in 1992 with a major in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Animal Science. A very experienced horsewoman, she's worked as an assistant to the well-known race horse trainer, Bob Baffert. She was the assistant breeding manager of Bryant Ranch in Yamhill, Oregon and most recently was the breeding/stable manager at Quailhurst USA in Sherwood, Oregon. In addition, she has worked with Dr. Lisa Metcalf at her Sherwood, Oregon, equine reproduction facility "Honahlee" since it's opening in 1993. A former collegiate athlete (hurdles), interests include dressage, ballroom dancing, travel, scuba diving and culinary adventures. Darlene has also bred and raised Holsteiner horses for 17 years.
Gina was born in Pocatello, Idaho, and moved to Oregon as a young girl. She has two children, Brook and Matt, and three grandsons, Cooper, Kade and Calder.
Gina has been the working at Wild Turkey Farm since 2002. She manages the retirement side of the farm with lots of love for Wild Turkey's senior citizens. From 1989-2005, Gina was self-employed as Federal/State mandated Drug and Alchohol testing Services professional, primarily in the commercial trucking industry.
Gina is an avid barrel racer and she had the Reserve Champion Novice Versatility Mare, “Nike”, in 1998 and in 1999 she was Champion Novice Versatility Mare. Versatility consists of a variety of classes - barrels, poles, keyhole, and also performance, trail, reining and cow classes. In 1999 she went to National Show in Utah and was Novice Champion in Ranch Riding and Reserve Champion in Novice Reining.
Hilary and Charlie Carrel, owners of Wyoming-based Colts Unlimited, bring a lifetime of colt starting knowledge to the Wild Turkey Farm program. Their team has established solid foundations on literally thousands of horses for top riders in all disciplines ranging from Grand Prix jumpers, dressage, hunters, polo, driving, professional rodeo and the AQHA and APHA show circuit. They operate with the belief that that good horses come from quality miles, a relaxed frame of mind and confidence in knowing their job.
The Colts Unlimited team takes our youngsters as two-year-olds (almost ready to turn three) and spends the next year teaching them the basics from how to stand in the cross-ties to being backed for the first time. They do a phenomenal job in making sure that they return to us as confident, good-minded horses ready to continue on with their education. Visit Colts Unlimited at www.coltsunlimited.com
Scott W Hansen, DVM
Dr. Hansen has been interested in horses since his teens. He first pursued a career as a farrier in Nebraska after attending Oklahoma Farrier College. After being exposed to the equine veterinary medicine world while working for a year, Scott decided to become a veterinarian. He continued to work as a farrier while attending Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine until he graduated in 1980. He then moved to the Gresham area and opened a solo equine-only ambulatory practice in 1983, focusing primarily on race horses. Scott’s interest in lameness and surgery grew while working at the track. He opened his current hospital in 1985 with a surgical facility to be able to provide a higher quality of care for his patients. His practice has grown much larger than he had ever imagined with its emphasis shifting from racetrack work in the mid 1990’s to sporthorse and companion animal medicine and surgery. Scott has remained intrigued by equine medicine by staying up-to-date with the latest technologies and advances in the field. Throughout his practice life, Scott has found the most rewarding aspect has been the people he has met and the horses he gets to work with everyday. Dr. Hansen’s main interests have been lameness, surgery, farrier science and diagnostic imaging.
Dr. Ross Cleland has extensive experience in equine reproduction and his Yamhill Equine Services practice is equine exclusive. A graduate of Kansas State University, Dr. Cleland is an active member of the AAEP, AVMA, NEPA, OVMA, and the Society for Theriogenology. At home, Dr. Ross is owned by 1 dog, 2 cats and a few or more horses. He spends his free time watching sports, gardening, cooking, and home/farm repairs, which he says never seem to end. Before starting his own practice, Dr. Cleland was part of the Carlton Vet Hospital veterinary team for over 10 years.
Jason started shoeing horses in 1988 and soon after graduated from Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School in 1989. He apprenticed under Emil Carre' starting in 1992 until 1995 while simultaneously developing a business in northern California. He achieved Certified Journeyman Farrier status, as recognized by the American Farriers Association, in 1996. He's also successfully competed in national and international farrier contests on the American Farriers Team. He especially enjoys the challenges of shoeing performance horses as well as therapeutic cases. Jason lives in Portland ,Oregon, with his wife Kelly and daughter Avery.
Our team page would not be complete without including Mini. As Barb's constant and ever faithful companion, Mini travels everywhere and always captures the hearts of everyone she meets.