Wild Turkey Farm Spreads Its Wings by Molly Knott photography by Jeff Lennan
Surrounded by verdant green pastures that stretch to the horizon, with wide-open skies sprawling overhead, one has a palpable sense of the “terroir” that inspired Barbara Ellison in the design and construction of her new Wild Turkey Farm facility in the Willamette Valley wine country town of Wilsonville, Oregon. The farm’s 215 rolling acres of former Filbert orchard are flanked to the south by a lazy stretch of the Willamette River and straddle the main artery of Oregon’s horse country, Wilsonville Road, with Rich Fellers Stables and other premiere equestrian facilities located just a few miles down the road. Ellison, a native of the Pacific Northwest, had always maintained fond memories of a childhood riding with Wheylan Meyers and Jay and Claudia Campf, and later, working as a trail guide on Oregon’s beaches. As Wild Turkey Farm, and specifically the stallion operation, began to outgrow its farm in Woodside, California, a return to Oregon, with its tranquility and pristine farmland so close to the “big city” of Portland, made perfect sense.
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