By Canadian Horse Journal
On February 9, 2021, the U.S. Center for SafeSport placed Richard R. (Rich) Fellers on interim suspension pending the outcome of a formal investigation and final decision into “allegations of misconduct.” His wife, Shelley Fellers, was also placed on interim suspension. Rich Fellers is the 2012 Jumping World Cup Champion and U.S. team rider at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Rich, 61, and Shelley, 54, operate Rich Fellers Stables LLC in Oregon City, Oregon.
The allegations resulting in a “no contact directive” were made by junior rider and Rich’s former student, Maggie Kehring, 18. On her Facebook page, Kehring posted an explanation of why she went to SafeSport:
“I know it is hard for my peers, friends, coaches, and strangers to understand the suspension of my former trainer and his wife. It is important to know this investigation and process has been underway for many, many months. I initially didn’t want to participate in the SafeSport process out of confusion and fear. I struggled with the thought the world would know that what occurred to me for many years would lead to someone America came to love to possibly be banned from the sport. Reading what people have posted on social media is cruel and heartless. I can only hope what happened to me never happens to them or someone they love. No one needs to take sides.”
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Photo: Rich Fellers competing on Flexible in the 2010 BMO Nations’ Cup at Spruce Meadows, Alberta. Credit: Robin Duncan Photography