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Fellers' First Day Back
2012-06-14

Fellers' First Day Back

Excitement filled the air for the start of the 2012 Spruce Meadows "Continental" Tournament!

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.

Eric Lamaze and Coriana Van Klapscheut, winners of the RSA Cup. Photo Credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services.

RSA Cup - Top 10
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 Saskia 269
6- Tamie Phillips CAN Lerche
7- Nick dello Joio USA Scarface
8- Jim Ifko CAN Penincula Vertigo
9- Yann Candele CAN Carlotta Singular La Magnifica
10- Jenna Thompson CAN Zeke

 

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.”

Rich Fellers and Flexible jumping to victory in the Husky Energy Classic. Photo Credit: Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Husky Energy Classic - 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 Deslauriers USA Urico
8- Richard Spooner USA Cristallo
9- Charlie Jayne USA Chill RZ
10- Beezie Madden USA Simon

 

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.

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