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Fellers’ First Day Back

Friday, 15 June 2012

Seems like nothing can stop Rich Fellers and Flexible these days. Photo by SPruce Meadows Meda Services.With 54 horse/rider combinations in the 1.50 meter, $32,000 RSA Cup, the competition was fierce. The course designer Bob Ellis (GBR) set the one round competition with 14 obstacles, testing the riders’ speed against the clock. Setting a clear round and time of 68.25 early on in the competition, Eric Lamaze (CAN) and his 10 year old Warmblood mare Coriana Van Klapscheut took the victory.

The 2012 summer series started on a high note for Rich Fellers (USA) on his first day back at Spruce Meadows. In the 1.60 meter, $35,000 Husky Energy Cup, 19 horse/rider combinations took to the field to compete. The course, designed by Olympic designer Bob Ellis (GBR), saw only two combinations return for the jump off- veteran Beezie Madden (USA) and current Rolex World Champion Rich Fellers (USA). Fellers took home the victory aboard his 16 year old Irish bred Stallion, Flexible, with a time of 51.23. Course Designer Bob Ellis (GBR) was pleased with the results of today’s competition. “I’m not only designing the course for Spruce Meadows today” Commented Ellis. “I may be testing some lines and things that I might want to use for the Olympic courses.”Eric Lamaze and Coriana van Klapscheut. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services.

The red ribbon was not the only thing the Americans were after today. The Husky Energy Cup doubled as a trial for choosing the 2012 US Olympic team. Fellers is savouring the victory, as both his first victory back at Spruce Meadows, and for his chances of making the Olympic team. “It’s a dream any high level athlete has, to compete in the Olympics. It helps that the trials are here, my horse loves to jump at Spruce Meadows. I always get great results with him here,” said Fellers.

RSA Cup – Top Ten
1-      Eric Lamaze                 CAN                Coriana Van Klapscheut
2-      Tim Gredley                  GBR                 Unex Chamberlain Z
3-      Katherine Dinan            USA                 Nougat du Vallet
4-      Daniel Bluman              COL                 Sancha LS La Silla
5-      Cara Raether                USA                 Sakia 269
6-      Tamie Phillips                CAN                Lerche
7-      Nick Dello Joio              USA                 Scarface
8-      Jim Ifko                        CAN                Peninsula Vertico
9-      Yann Candele               CAN                Carlotta Singular La Magnifica
10-   Jenna Thompson           CAN                Zeke

Husky Energy Challenge – Top 10
1-Rich Fellers               USA                Flexible
2-Beezie Madden         USA                Coral Reef Via Volo
3-Reed Kessler            USA                Cylana
4-Mario Deslauriers      USA                Cella
5-Lucy Davis                USA                Nemo 119
6-Robert Whitaker       GBR                Catwalk IV
7-Mario Desleuriers      USA                Urico
8-Richard Spooner       USA                Cristallo
9-Charlie Jayne            USA                Chill RZ
10-Beezie Madden       USA                Simon

Source: Press release from Spruce Meadows

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