2012 US Olympic Team Named at Spruce Meadows

The 2012 Spruce Meadows ‘Continental’ Tournament wrapped up an exciting week of competition. On Sunday, 48 horse/rider combinations took to the field for the $60,000 Investor’s Group Cup.

Brian Mennis, Regional Director Investors Group, presenting the winners cheque to Kent Farrington. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services.

The group was narrowed down to 10 combinations over the 485 meter course, with 15 jumping efforts. Kent Farrington (USA) added another Spruce Meadows win to his list, with double clear rounds and a jump off time of 46.70.

With 4 major wins in the past 2 weeks here at Spruce Meadows, Farrington is pleased with his results. “I’m off to a great start” he commented, “My horses are going really well, I think I have some nice horses that are really ready to go”.

Sunday was an exciting day for Americans; the 2012 US Olympic team was named, after two of the Olympic trials were held during the Spruce Meadows Summer Series. McLain Ward, Rich Fellers, Beezie Madden and Reed Kessler will be riding under the Stars and Stripes during the 2012 Olympics in London. This is a first for both Fellers and Kessler, while Madden and Ward have both been to the Olympics twice before.


2012 US Olympic Team from left to right: Reed Kessler, Rich Fellers, Beezie madden and McLain Ward. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Things were heating up with both the competition and the weather for Saturday’s 1.60, $200,000 CN Performance World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix. The course, designed by Olympic course designer Bob Ellis (GBR) stretched over 540 meters, and saw 36 horse/rider combinations over the 16 jumping efforts.

With 6 out of the 7 jump off riders coming from the United States, it was very fast-paced and exciting. In the end, FEI World champion Rich Fellers (USA) and his 16 year old Irish Bred gelding Flexible took the second spike of the CN Precision Series with double clear rounds and a time of 41.29.

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Rich Feller and Flexible, winners of the CN Performance Grand Prix. Photo by Spruce Meadows Media Services.

Investor’s Group Jumper Results – Sunday

1  Kent Farrington, USA, Voyeur

2  Cara Raether, USA, Saskia 269

3  Caitlin Ziegler, USA, Valencia

4  Katherine Dinan, USA, Nougat Du Vallet

5  Beezie Madden, USA, Amadora

6  Lauren Tisbo, USA, King Kolibri

7  Caitlin Ziegler, USA, Touch Down

8  Leslie Howard, USA, Utah

9  Eric Lamaze, CAN, Coriana Van Klapscheut

10  Ashlee Bond, USA, Cadett 7


McDaniel & Associates Parcours de Chasse Results – Sunday

1  Daniel Bluman, USA, Vichy

2  Leslie Howard, USA, Lennox Lewis 2

3  Rich Fellers, USA, McGuinness

4  Beezie Madden, USA, Vanilla

5  McLain Ward, USA, Esplanade 7

6  Mario Deslauriers, USA, Whistler

7  Darragh Kerins, USA, Hot Wheels

8  Carla Diewert, CAN, Vaquero

9  Jim Ifko, CAN, Peninsula Vertigo

10  Rich Fellers, USA, Colgan Cruise

CN Performance Grand Prix Results – Saturday

1  Rich Fellers, USA, Flexible

2  Kent Farrington, USA, Uceko

3  Reed Kessler, USA, Mika

4  Katherine Dinan, USA, Nougat Du Vallet

5  Beezie Madden, USA, Simon

6  Reed Kessler, USA, Cylana

7  Tiffany Foster, CAN, Victor

8  Eric Lamaze, CAN, Derly Chin de Muze

9  Robert Whitaker, GBR, Catwalk IV

10  Charlie Jayne, USA, Chill R Z