Horse and Farm Ownership is a Lifestyle

Thank you for your interest in our equine insurance coverages. I am an equine insurance agent providing quality services in the equestrian insurance business for over 25 years. I represent Markel Insurance Company, providing uninterrupted insurance coverages for the equine world for over 50 years.

Horse and Farm Ownership is a Lifestyle

Mary Phelps is uniquely qualified to guide you in selecting the right insurance coverage for your farm, business and horses. A lifelong equestrian, equine photographer and journalist, founder and COO of, Mary has travelled the world of equestrian sport for over 35 years. She is also a competitor at the Advanced (FEI) level in Combined Driving, and a farm owner in Ocala, Florida, "The Horse Capital of the World".

“I know first hand the day to day highs and lows of what it takes to do all that we do as horsemen, competitors, and property owners,” adds Phelps. “Most of the people on our Markel team are too, and that is an important part of how we stand out when it comes to getting the protection and service you need.”

Thank you for your interest in our equine insurance coverages. Our office has been providing quality services in the equestrian insurance business for over 25 years. I represent Markel Insurance Company, providing uninterrupted insurance coverages for the equine world for over 50 years. Our rates are competitive, and service and coverages superior. We pride ourselves in the personal contact we have with our clients, and our extensive knowledge, love of horses and longtime participation in the equine industry. On the scene, at the shows and in the barns, we know horses and understand your needs. We specialize in insuring sport horses for competition and breeding in dressage, showjumping and three-day event. We also offer a full range of farm and liability insurance for professionals in these fields.
In addition to the time and work you invest in owning horses and livestock, you have a substantial financial investment which needs the right protection from a company that knows horses.

Our web site is here to help inform and communicate with our many clients and friends.

Contact Us:

Mary Phelps - Licensed Agent and Equine Specialist with Markel Insurance Company: and

Tracey Scharf - Licensed Customer Service Representative:

General email: Phone: 813-636-2361

Markel Claims:

Monday - Friday  8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST

(800) 362-7535

After 5:00 pm, Weekdays & Holidays

(800) 446-7925

Markel/USEF National Young Horse and Developing Horse Championships Celebrates 16 Years as Title Sponsor

US Equestrian is pleased to announce that Markel® has renewed its title sponsorship of the Markel/USEF Young and Developing Horse National Championships for 2021, marking the 19th year Markel has been a USEF Sponsor for this productive program. These championships will take place at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions in August and include the following divisions:

Posted on Jun 5, 2021

Nicole Haunert and Concolue Only Double Clear in the Markel Blenheim Spring Classic IV Grand Prix

Olympic course designer Guilherme Jorge (BRA) designed a welcoming sixteen-effort track which advanced six horse and rider combinations to the jump-off. Nicole Haunert (Encinitas, CA) and Concolue clinched the win as the only pair to jump clean.

Posted on Apr 29, 2021

Markel Insurance - Farrier Insurance Program

Markel has specially designed an affordable Farrier’s Insurance Program just for you. Rated “A Excellent” by A.M. Best, Markel has provided insurance coverage for horses and horse related risks for over 50 years.

Posted on Apr 19, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions About Markel Horse Insurance

Thank you for your interest in working with me as your Markel Equine Insurance Specialists. As a competitor, farm owner, organizer and sponsor, in the horse industry, I understand the needs and concerns of my clients and friends on many levels. Tracey Scharf and I are here to provide the personal service and attention you and your equines deserve.

Posted on Mar 17, 2021

Protect Your Lifestyle with Equine Liability Insurance

Equine-related lawsuits occur more frequently than you may think. And many homeowners’ policies put limits on your equine liability coverage...or simply exclude it altogether!

Posted on Mar 8, 2021

Markel Joins as Title Sponsor of 2021 USHJA Zone Jumper Team Championships and USHJA Platinum Jumper Championships

The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association is pleased to welcome Markel as the title...

Posted on Jan 29, 2021

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