Mary Phelps - Driving Her 2019 World Champion Pony Pair at The Ocala Jockey Club
Friday, November 15, 2019
Putting on a show at the Ocala Jockey Club, Saturday, November 16, 2019 will be Mary Phelps and and her Classic American Shetlands ponies Markel’s Al Capony and Kimba, just returned for Europe where they trained and competed at the FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies in Kisber, Hungary in the Pony Pair Division. They won the Gold Medal in the Cones Phase for the Pony Pairs, and finished 12th over all among the best ponies and pony drivers in the world..
Combined Driving was modeled after the sport of Eventing by Prince Philip while he served as President of the FEI from 1964-1986. With three phases, Dressage, The Marathon, and Cones th sport offers levels Training through Advances for Single, Pair, and Four-In-Hand Ponies and horses. At the Ocala Jockey Club International Three Day Event, Mary and her “Flying Gangsters” will do a demonstration Saturday, November 16 at 1:30 demonstration the different facets of the sport..
Mary Phelps, a long time member of the Equestrian Media began driving just 10 years ago, and elevated to the Advanced level with her ponies just two years ago. Many eventers remember Mary’s photography and video work at The Kentucky Three Day Event, Radnor, and Chesterland. A long time member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists, Mary covers events such as Aachen, The FEI World Equestrian Games and The US National Dressage Championships for her popular website horsesdaily.com. Established in 1997, horsesdaily is longest running website in equestrian sport. Mary is also a long time equine insurance specialist for Markel Corp, equineinsurancedaily.com.