Athlete

Rich Fellers

Born: October 3, 1959
Hometown: Sherwood, Oregon

Rich Fellers and Flexible at the 2009 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final (Shannon Brinkman Photo)
Rich Fellers and Flexible at the 2009 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final (Shannon Brinkman Photo)
Most Recent Highlights:
  • Won the $100,000 Purina Nutrition Grand Prix at 2016 HITS Thermal Desert Circuit III with Lux Lady
  • Won the $50,000 OSPHOS Grand Prix and the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at 2016 HITS Thermal Desert Circuit V with Flexible
  • Won the $50,000 Sunshine Series Grand Prix at the 2015 National Sunshine Series I with Flexible
Rich Fellers' riding career began at the age of 11, when he was given a two-year-old Appaloosa for his birthday. The pair quickly grew close with the help of Fellers’ mother and local riding instructors. The short, stocky horse had a talent for jumping, and the pair eventually became winners from the West Coast U.S. Grand Prix circuit to Spruce Meadows in Canada. Fast forward to today: Fellers is among the most decorated riders competing on the West Coast circuit. He currently stands among the top all-time money winners at Spruce Meadows.

Over the years, Fellers has represented the U.S. on multiple occasions. In 1991, he helped the U.S. team earn the Bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba. In 2007, Fellers attended his first Rolex/FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Las Vegas. The following year, he and longtime partner, Flexible, scored an impressive second-place finish in the Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. Fellers and Flexible competed in the Final every year through 2013, highlighted by claiming top honors in the2012 Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, the first American pair to win in 25 years . Also in 2012, Fellers competed in his first Olympic Games in London, finishing eighth individually. In 2015, Fellers and Flexible competed in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final once again in Las Vegas, finishing seventh.

Fellers met and married his wife, Shelley, in 1987, while operating a show jumping stable in Southern California. In 1989, the couple moved north to Oregon to train privately for Harry and Mollie Chapman. The private job and quiet Oregon lifestyle allowed the Fellers’ to start a family. Their son Christopher was born in 1991 and daughter, Savannah, in 1994.


Major Accomplishments:
2015
  • Second place in the $30,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Thermal Desert Circuit IV with Lux Lady
  • Won the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Thermal Desert Circuit VI with Flexible
  • Seventh place in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final with Flexible
  • Second place in the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar at the Del Mar National Horse Show with Flexible
  • Won the $60,000 Grand Prix of California at the Showpark Ranch & Coast Classic with Flexible
  • Second place in the $25,000 Maui Jim Grand Prix at the British Columbia Open with Colgan Cruise
  • Won the $60,000 TransCanada Parcours de Chasse at the Spruce Meadows ‘National’ CSI5* presented by Rolex Tournament with Colgan Cruise
  • Won the $34,000 Friends of the Meadows Cup Derby at the Spruce Meadows ‘Pan American’ CSI5* presented by Rolex Tournament with Colgan Cruise
  • Won the $126,000 Longines World Cup Qualifier and the $42,000 Maui Jim Open Welcome Stake at the Sumer Fort Classic CSI3*-W with Flexible
  • Second place in the $126,000 Reliable Rentals Grand Prix at the Summer Fort Festival CSI3* with Flexible
  • Won the $50,000 Sunshine Series Grand Prix at the National Sunshine Series I with Flexible
2014
  • Won the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix presented by Zoetis at HITS Thermal Desert Circuit VI with Flexible
  • Second place in the $25,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix at the Showpark Ranch & Coast Classic with Flexible
  • Team Silver in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Scotiabank at CSIO5* Spruce Meadows with Flexible
  • Won the $85,000 Sun Life Financial 'Reach for the Sun' at the Spruce Meadows CSI5* 'North American' Tournament with Flexible.
  • Won the $55,000 Land Rover Grand Prix of Sacramento at the Sacramento International Horse Show with Flexible
  • Second place in the $125,000 Villas at Rancho Valencia World Cup Grand Prix of Del Mar at the Del Mar International Horse Show with Flexible
  • Second place in the $75,000 Sunshine Series Grand Prix CSI2* at National Sunshine Series I with HTH Crazy for Crown
  • Second place in the Markel Insurnace 1.40M Grand Prix Series Final at The Las Vegas National with Lux Lady
2013
  • Third place in the $54,500 HITS Grand Prix CSI2*-W at HITS Thermal Desert Circuit III with Flexible
  • Won the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Thermal Desert Circuit V with Flexible
  • Represented the U.S. at the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final with Flexible
2012
  • Won the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final with Flexible
  • Won both the $50,000 Surfside Grand Prix and the $100,000 Hermes Grand Prix of Del Mar at the Del Mar National Horse Show with Flexible
  • Won both the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix and the $35,000 Husky Energy Classic at the Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ CSI4*-W Tournament with Flexible
  • Won the $35,000 Sun Life Financial ‘Reach for the Sun’ and finished second in the $2000,000 ATCO Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup at the Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ CSI5* Tournament with Flexible
  • Represented the U.S. at the London Olympic Games, finishing eighth individually with Flexible

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