Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023

Updated: Rich Fellers Ruled Ineligible By U.S. Center For SafeSport



Aug. 3—This story has been updated to reflect a statement by the U.S. Equestrian Federation.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has found international show jumping champion Rich Fellers ineligible to participate in the sport.

On July 16, SafeSport changed Fellers’s status to “ineligible,” listing his misconduct as “criminal disposition; criminal disposition involving a minor; criminal disposition-sexual misconduct.”

Sonja Keating of the U.S. Equestrian Federation confirmed that Fellers is suspended until further notice and that he had the opportunity to appeal but chose not to.

“[The U.S. Center for SafeSport] found that he violated the criminal charge provision of the SafeSport Code as he has been charged with four counts of sexual abuse in the second degree in Washington County, Oregon,” she wrote in an email.

“If there is a change, i.e. charges dropped or acquittal, then he can have the matter reopened,” the email continued.


Fellers is accused of crimes against Maggie Kehring, a then 17-year-old former student who came forward publicly after Fellers, 61, was suspended temporarily by SafeSport in February. He and his wife Shelley Fellers first were added Feb. 9 to the SafeSport sanctions list for “allegations of misconduct.”

In April, SafeSport suspended Shelley for four years for “abuse of process, retaliation, failure to report.”

Rich was arrested June 7 on four counts of second-degree sexual abuse by the Tualatin (Oregon) Police Department after he was indicted by a grand jury. He was booked into Washington County Jail and released on bail.

Rich won the 2012 Rolex/FEI World Cup Final (the Netherlands) aboard Flexible and went on to represent the United States at the London Olympic Games that year. Before his suspension, Rich and Shelley ran Rich Fellers LLC out of Timberline Meadows in Oregon City, Oregon.

Rich’s lawyer, Howard Jacobs, did not return a call requesting comment by press time.




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