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.
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.