At a Glance…. Rich Fellers

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Published on June 17, 2012


hoto by Colleen De Neve, Calgary Herald

Rich Fellers

Rides for: USA

Top Horses: Flexible and McGuinness

Born: October 3, 1959 (53 years old)

Hometown: Wilsonville, OR

Spouse: Shelly Fellers

Children: Christopher (born 1991) and Savannah (born 1994)

Biggest win this year: Winner of the 2012 Rolex FEI World Cup

Recent win: $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix, Spruce Meadows (final Olympic selection class)

A family man at heart: Fellers only competes 15 to 18 weeks a year at top shows throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico with an occasional trip to Europe.

Did you know: Fellers and Flexible became the first US pair to be named World Cup Champions in 25 years.

Blast from the past: Rich’s riding career began at the age of 11 when he was given a two-year-old Appaloosa for his birthday. The short, stocky horse had a unexpected talent for jumping, and the pair eventually started winning on the Grand Prix circuit spanning from the West Coast U.S. to Spruce Meadows.

Turned Professional: in 1983, at 24 years old.

2012 Goal: USA Team member for London Olympics