There were a whole lot of Fellers at Sunday's $100,000 Canaccord Genuity World Cup at Thunderbird Show Park.
Current World Cup champion Rich Fellers advanced with both Flexible and Colgan Cruise, while his wife Shelley went clear on Revenge.
With just five horse-andrider teams in the final, the crowd was on their feet to see Rich Fellers post the only double clear rounds and win the day.
Alan Wade, who assisted under Bob Ellis at London's Olympics, designed the course for the local event. He set the fences high with challenging distances that tested the field.
Egypt's Nayel Nassar and Raging Bull Vangelis S were among the lucky few to advance, along with Langley local Brian Morton on Spitfire.
"Well would you look at that," said Morton, leaving the ring after posting the final clear of the first round to secure a spot in the jump off.
The pair won Friday's, Tommy Bahama Grand Prix, edging out Rich Fellers and McGuinness.
Rich Fellers and his nine-year-old Irish sport horse mare were the first in for the jump off, making no mistakes and setting the pace at 39 seconds flat.
Nassar had a rail midcourse to finish with a time of 40.64 and four faults.
Shelley Fellers was next in and looking to make a bid for the lead, but a late rail drew groans from the crowd as she posted four faults and a time of 41.21.
Rich and Flexible executed a tight turn midcourse to shave time off his round, coming home at 37.66 and into first.
With the final ride of the day, Morton and Spitfire gave it a shot, but with an early rail and a misstep at the final fence, the pair finished with eight faults.
"I thought the first round was very well done," Rich Fellers said. "Alan's course suited the field. The jump off was a typical jump off - you gotta run, you gotta jump and you gotta leave them up."
Fellers and Flexible have had a tremendous year, returning just over a week ago from the 2012 London Olympics where they placed eighth overall.
In April, the pair was the oldest on the start list for the World Cup finals in the Netherlands, but came away with the first U.S. victory in 25 years.
"He's a fantastic horse and I've been so lucky to have him," explained Rich. "I don't think I'll ever find one better than him, but if I did, that would be amazing."
Rich finished second with Colgan Cruise, who just may be that next horse. The mare shares the same sire as Flexible and has been making strides in the ring that have Fellers optimistic about her future.
"She might be on her way," he noted. "The cruising horses are known to be difficult, but she's really starting to get it."
While winning the World Cup was a highlight, watching his wife take her own trip around the jump off course was it's own thrill.
"I was really excited for her when she went clear in the first round," Fellers said with a smile "I'd love to see her in the World Cup finals and she's got a great horse."
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