'Little guy' back on track

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:09 AM ET

Looks like one of the better show jumping horses is back in fine form.

Rich Fellers' McGuinness, his 11-year-old Irish gelding, is fully recovered from the bout of shipping fever that knocked him out of the World Cup finals in April.

Yesterday, Fellers and McGuinness sped their way through the jumpoff and won the inaugural 1.50m $30,000 Gunnar Office Furnishings Cup in the North American at Spruce Meadows.

After claiming the $10,000 first-place cheque, Fellers pronounced his horse fit as a fiddle.

"He's just better now. He's feeling really good again," said Fellers, who hails from Wilsonville, Ore., and won the ATCO Midstream Cup on McGuinness at the National.

"It was such a long trip to Amsterdam and then to Malaysia, where it was very hot in Kuala Lumpur and the unloading process in the 90-degree heat with the 90 percent humidity was too much for the little guy."

Well, the "little guy" is certainly back to his winning ways, finishing the jumpoff with a clear round in 41.809 seconds, easily beating Great Britain's Mark Armstrong (Thesaura), who finished in 43.003.

Enrique Gonzalez was third, riding Calgarian Brenda Riddell's entry, Leo 127, after she broke her collarbone two weeks ago.

MADDEN MARCHING: Beezie Madden is on the right road to capturing the North American Championship after winning the $30,000 Enerflex Cup last night.

Only Americans Madden, on Authentic, and Norman Dello Joio posted clear rounds to get into the jumpoff, but Dello Joio had to withdraw after his mount, Glasgow, injured himself in the warmup area, leaving Madden as the winner.

She still rode the jumpoff and went clear in 62.3 seconds to win $10,000.


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