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- Kevin Freeman - Equestrian
Kevin Freeman represented the state at the Olympic level as part of a lengthy international career far outside the media glare.
Born in 1941, Freeman grew up on a farm in Molalla and learned about the equestian sport that came to be known as Eventing only casually as most of the competitions were in Kentucky and Virginia.
Freeman attended Cornell University and developed into an international rider with the help of Richard Collins at the Pebble Beach, Calif., Equestrian Center. He won a gold medal at the 1963 Pan-Am Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as part of the U.S. team. He also won a silver medal as an individual rider.
Freeman competed in the 1964, ‘68 and ’72 Olympics as part of the U.S. team in the Three-Day Event, which includes dressage, cross country galloping and jumping and show jumping. The U.S. won silver in ’64, placing behind Italy, and silver in ‘72, placing behind Great Britain. Freeman finished 12th individually in ’64.
In the late ‘60s, Freeman honed his riding skills on one horse, Good Mixture, which he rode at the ’72 Munich Games.
Following his international career, Freeman has contributed to the development of riding in Oregon, particularly through organizing the Freeman Farms Horse Trials, and helped mentor many other successful riders at the national level.
Freeman was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 and into the U.S. Eventing Association’s Hall of Fame in 2009 along with Good Mixture.
- Rich Fellers - Equestrian
Rich Fellers and his favorite horse “Flexible” have enjoyed a spectacular 2012 in jumping that took him to the Netherlands for the Cup and to London for the Summer Games.
It was the culmination of 40 years of love and respect of animals. Rich had almost won the elusive cup title four years ago, finishing 2nd in the world.
This year, it all came together. Victories in Olympic observation events in Del Mar, California and Calgary, Alberta guaranteed Fellers spot in London.
Championships in jumping are decided by the narrowest of margins. In the World Cup final, Fellers defeated Steve Guerdat (GWEAR-dat) of Switzerland in a jump-off tie breaker. The margin was a razor-thin point-six-four seconds.
The challenge of winning an Olympic medal would also come down to the smallest of details. One downed rail and one time fault left Fellers and team USA off the medal stand.
That did nothing to diminish a special season and Rich’s legacy of ethical conduct and treatment of his animals. His relationship with “Flexible”, his World Cup horse is unique. “Flexible” at 16 years, was the oldest horse in the World Cup and is only 1 year younger than U.S. team member Reed Kessler.
This championship duo trains at Whip’n Spur in Wilsonville where Rich Fellers brings honor and a world championship home to Oregon.