Lexington, KY – The fourth and final USEF Observation Event for the US Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games wrapped up a selection process that started with the Selection Trials in March. The $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Calgary hosted 12 Long-Listed American combinations out of the 37 starters who took on Bob Ellis’ course. At the culmination of the class, Rich Fellers (Willsonville, OR) took top honors again; he was fastest of the seven which jumped first round clears.
Fellers’ effort on Mollie and Harry Chapman’s 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion reinforced his win in Thursday’s Husky Energy Cup (the first part of the Observation Event). The 2012 Rolex/FEI World Cup champions returned to form after a hiatus from competition since the Del Mar Horse Show in May.
Fellers and Flexible outran 2011 Pan American Games Gold medalist Kent Farrington (Wellington, FL) on RCG Farm’s Uceko by more than two seconds with incredible turns in the jump-off stopping the clock at 41.287 seconds. Farrington and the 11-year-old Dutch gelding put forward an incredibly athletic effort to take runner-up honors – but Fellers and Flexible took home their second Spruce Meadows win in three days.
Seventeen-year-old phenom Reed Kessler (Lexington, KY) kept her dream alive in Canada. After winning the Selection Trials on Cylana and jumping consistently well since, she jumped first round clears on both Mika and Cylana to continue her fairytale toward the Olympic Games. Mika backed up the two first round clears with a third place jump-off effort, Cylana finished sixth.
FEI Nominated Entries for the 2012 Olympic Games will be submitted on Sunday, June 17th.
Complete results are available here: http://sprucemeadowslive.com/SJTODLive.aspx?uncookie=18645&codex=542.
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