American team members made it first and second in the $200,000 Atco Power Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows on Saturday.
After three perfect rounds, Beezie Madden and her partner, Simon, rode away with the red ribbon and a cheque for $66,000.
"Simon is an outstanding horse and I am lucky to have him," Madden said. "Our partnership is really coming together."
Madden will be competing in her third Olympics as she heads up a U.S. team that has won team gold in the last two Olympics. Madden herself was the individual bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Games. Madden has been No. 3 on the "All-Time Prize Money List for 2012." But after a very profitable week at Spruce and winning over $150,000, she bumped Ian Millar of Perth, Ont., out of second place and now sits behind the top earner at Spruce, Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ont.
Rich Fellers of the U.S. had the opportunity to walk away with the win on Saturday, but settled for second behind Madden. Fellers had the clear round, but not the time. He tried an unusual path from jumps two to three that I'm not convinced was necessary and probably cost him the class and the $50,000 bonus, which he would have received by winning two of the four classes in the CN Precision series.
Fellers and his horse, Flexible, have been in top form as they saddle up for their first Olympic appearance for the Americans. Making up the rest of the U.S. squad will be McLain Ward, a veteran of the past two Olympics who will be riding Antares F, and teenage phenomenon Reed Kessler and her horse, Cylana.
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