Rich Fellers is among the most decorated riders competing on the West Coast circuit. and currently stands among the top all-time money winners at Spruce Meadows.
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.
Fellers was a member of his first U.S. team at the Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba, in 1991 and his global success has spanned decades. In 2004, Fellers and McGuinness were the number two prize money winners in North America, and McGuinness finished 2005 as the U.S. Grand Prix Horse of the Year. Fellers only competed five weeks in early 2006, yet he was the winner of the 2006 West Coast League.
In 2007, Fellers and Flexible won the Los Angeles National Grand Prix CSI 2*. They had a very solid season in 2007, landing them a spot in the Rolex/FEI World Cup in Las Vegas.
In 2008, aboard Flexible, Fellers won three of the four FEI World Cup qualifiers at HITS Thermal and placed second at the 2008 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final. Flexible was one of the USEF’s Horses of Honor in 2008, both for his remarkable achievement in the ring, but also because he came back from numerous career-threatening injuries. Not only did he prove he was back in 2008, he proved he was better than ever.
Fellers and Flexible returned for a repeat performance at the 2009 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final and in 2010 to took part in the 2010 USEF Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team where they jumped clear rounds in the first and third Trials.
Their strong results in the 2010/2011 season earned them the top spot again in the North American West Coast League winning the 2012 Rolex/FEI World Cup, the first American pair to do so in 25 years.
Fellers and Flexible represented the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games where they finished eighth individually.