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GLADSTONE, N.J. — The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) approved the Show Jumping FEI Nominated Entries for the 2012 Olympic Games. From the Nominated Entries, the team of four and a traveling reserve will be entered on the Definite Entry on July 6.

Atop the list is Rich Fellers of Wilsonville, Ore., and the 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse stallion, Flexible, owned by Harry and Millie Chapman. In the fourth and final USEF Observation Event for the U.S. Show Jumping Team, the June 14 $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Fellers and Flexible were fastest of 37 starters and then the fastest of seven in the jump-off.

Fellers won the Husky Energy Cup, the first part of the Observation Event, in their first competition since winning the $100,000 Hermes Grand Prix of Del Mar on May 5.

Fellers and Flexible outran 2011 Pan American Games Gold medalist Kent Farrington of Florida 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.

The Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final champion is joined on the FEI Nominated Entrieslist by Lucy Davis of Los Angeles and Nemo 119, owned by Old Oak Farm. Davis and Nemo 119 are No. 12.

Saer Coulter, like Davis an up-and-coming star rider from California, has been ranked as the top alternate to the FEI Nominated entries with Springtime, owned by Copernicus Stables.

The 2012 Olympic Games will take place in London on July 27-Aug. 12.

The ranked order of the athlete/horse combinations for the FEI Nominated Entries is 1. Fellers and Flexible; 2. Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Ranch’s Coral Reef Via Volo; 3. Reed Kessler on her own Cylana; 4. McLain Ward and Grant Road Partners’ Antares F; 5. Charlie Jayne and Pony Lane Farm’s Chill RZ’; 6. Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Simon; 7. Reed Kessler and her own Mika; 8. Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm’s Cedric; 9. Margie Engle and Greise, Garber, Gladewinds and Hidden Creek’s Indigo; 10. Kent Farrington and RCG Farm’s Uceko; 11. Christine McCrea and Windsor Show Stables’ Romantovich Take One; 12. Davis and Old Oak Farm’s Nemo 119; 13. Mario Deslauriers and Jane Forbes Clark’s Cella; and 14. Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partners’ Nougat du Vallet.

Ranked Alternates to the FEI Nominated Entries include 1. Coulter and Springtime; 2. Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’; and 3. Jessica Springsteen and Stone Hill Farm’s Voranado van de Hoendrik.

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