Rich Fellers and Reed Kessler have both been honored by the USET Foundation. Fellers has been honored with the 2013 Whitney Stone Cup from USET Foundation; an award that every year is given to an international competitor that with high standards and in a sportsmanlike way represent the United States and the equestrian sport. Fellers won the Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Den Bosch in 2012 together with Flexible and was also the highest placed American competitors at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
"I would like to thank the USET Foundation for honoring my achievements with this prestigious award," commented Fellers. "I am humbled to be included with the elite group of former winners. We all talk about having the horse of a lifetime. Mollie and Harry Chapman have, without a doubt, been owners of a lifetime. Their support, confidence, and trust in Shelley and me over the years have been amazing. The majority of my success in the sport has been a direct result of their commitment. Looking forward, my biggest wish for the success we enjoyed this past year to in some way to inspire the future stars of our sport."
Reed Kessler was honored with the 2013 Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy. The trophy is every year given to a young rider that exemplifies both sportsmanship and horsemanship. The only 18 year old Kessler competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
"The list of riders who have stood in this exact place giving this same speech is a truly exceptional group, and I am honored to join their ranks," stated Kessler. "One year ago, I sat in this audience, wondering how my first Florida show season, free from all the age restrictions, would go. I sat wondering if I would be ready for the approaching Olympic Trials, and most of all, who would make up the team that we would send to London. It did not cross my mind that one year later I would stand here, having been a member of that team. It did not occur to me that my new horse, Cylana, which we were still so unfamiliar with, would carry me to those Games. It is truly amazing what can happen in a year, and when I look back, this will probably be one of the best of my life."
Source: Rebecca Walton for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International
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