Rich began riding at the age of 10. His parents bought him his first jumper, Sure Chic, for his 11th birthday. Rich would ride this Appaloosa from beginning jumpers all the way to World Cup Qualifiers. As a teen he developed a real passion for the sport and decided to pursue it as a career. While training in California in the 80's he met Shelley. In 1989 the pair moved to Wilsonville, OR to train horses for Harry and Molly Chapman. Rich's career has been defined by hard work and a true love of horses. In 1991, Rich had his first international success with a thoroughbred named El Mirasol. The pair won the 1991 Queen Elizabeth II Cup and went on to finish as team bronze medalists at the Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba. He has had several terrific mounts; the most famous being his Irish Sport Horse stallion, Flexible. The pair competed in seven World Cup Finals, finishing as runner up in 2008 and winning in 2012. They also competed in the 2012 Olympic games. Rich was named as the US International Grand Prix rider of the year. Currently Rich continues to compete at the FEI level with several of his mounts.
Shelley has always had a strong passion for horses. At the age of six she began competing in the pony hunter divisions. She spent much of her childhood and teen years competing in hunters as well as some three-day eventing. In 1986, Shelley met Rich and began her career in the jumpers. She rode as an amateur while raising her children and helped run RFS. In 2008, she began her professional career and was very successful with her mount Revenge. Some of their highlights included winning the Bend High Desert Grand Prix in 2010 and 2011, and the $54,000 Thunderbird FEI** GP in 2015. She began riding in the World Cup Qualifiers in 2011, and in 2012 she finished 5th in Del Mar International World Cup Qualifier and 5th at the Las Vegas WCQ. Shelley suffered through a series of unfortunate events between 2015 and 2018. She endured multiple injuries that required surgery and kept her from competing most of those years. As of now, she is healthy again and very active riding and coaching as part of the team.
Chris has been around horses his whole life but did not always want to pursue a career in the equestrian world. He rode ponies as a young child, but spent most of his younger years doing other activities and did not continue with the sport until college. He rode as an amateur while attending Linfield University where he majored in Finance. Upon graduation in 2014, he began his professional career. He rode with RFS for the next three years and helped manage the farm at home. He took a one year hiatus to ride and show young horses in Holland for Alan Waldman. After returning home he took over as assistant trainer. He secured his first FEI win during the 2019 show season and hopes for many more. Chris enjoys coaching, as well as riding young horses and sales horses for the team.