Mason Phelps, Jr.
mpjr at phelpsmediagroup dot com
Founder & President
Mason Phelps, Jr. is a lifelong horseman who has participated in many aspects of the equestrian world including as a rider/trainer, event manager, governance leader, charity organizer, and multi-media executive.
Phelps was a rider and trainer in his early years, competing in eventing and the hunter/jumper ranks. He earned national and international recognition as an equestrian athlete. In 1968, Phelps was named Alternate to the U.S. Three Day Team that competed in the Mexico City Olympic Games. That same year, he was named the U.S. Combined Training Association’s Rider of the Year. Phelps began his career as a trainer in 1972, working for two years as an Assistant Trainer to the legendary Jimmy Williams at Flintridge Riding Club in Pasadena, California. Phelps later developed his own training stable for hunter/jumpers, working with riders on both the east and west coast until his retirement from competition in the late 1990s.
While still in his twenties, Phelps expanded his role in the horse world to include event manager. In 1970, Phelps created and produced the “AA Rated Xmas Show” in San Antonio, which is now a popular annual event and an integral part of the Texas equestrian community. In 1976, Phelps founded, produced, and managed the first International Jumping Derby in Newport, Rhode Island, which drew top athletes and was a major show on the jumping circuit through 1988. In 1977, Phelps founded and created the New England Horsemen’s Association Hunt Seat Medal, which is still a popular event today, held in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the late 1970s and 1980s, Phelps produced a driving event for the Newport Preservation Society in Newport, Rhode Island. The event was held over three days and included as many as 16 four-in-hand carriages that drove to Newport mansions for lunches, teas, and dinners; classic Newport stables that had ceased operation were opened for the event. In the early 1990s at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida, Phelps created innovative classes including the first equitation class for previous winners of the Maclay or the Medal Finals; an equitation class for riders who had represented the U.S. in an Olympic Games, Pan American Games or a Nations’ Cup; and the first hunter classic for the American Hunter Jumper Foundation, which was held in the grand prix Internationale Arena. Currently, Phelps is Chairman of the National Horse Show of America Ltd.
Phelps has also played an important role in horse sport governance, primarily in the 1980s. He was Chairman of Zone I for the former American Horse Shows Association (AHSA, now USEF), and was on the boards of both the AHSA and the USET. Phelps also served as president of the New England Horseman's Council from 1985 through 1988.
As a philanthropist, Phelps has been instrumental in numerous charity and fundraising events in the equestrian world. In the 1980s, Phelps produced the Newport Roundup in Newport, Rhode Island, as a charity event for equestrians, with topnotch entertainment that included Sleepy LeBeef, Asleep at the Wheel, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Tammy Wynett. In 1996, Phelps was one of the founders of the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF, formerly the Equestrian AIDS Foundation), a fundraising and charitable organization for equestrians in need. In 1998, Phelps produced the first Denim and Diamonds, a benefit party for the United States Equestrian Team (USET), and presented the popular event again in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2004.
Currently, Phelps is involved in equestrian media. In 2001, he founded Phelps Media Group, Inc. International, an equestrian public relations firm, and counts as clients the USET Foundation and the National Horse Show, as well as many top-tier equestrian events, organizations, companies, athletes, and trainers. In 2006, he founded PhelpsSports.com, an equestrian news website. In addition to bringing international equestrian coverage to subscribers of the website, PhelpsSports.com has also sponsored numerous events including the PhelpsSports.com Palm Beach Dressage Derby in Loxahatchee, Florida; Horse Shows by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan; and the Junior/Amateur Grand Prix at the Syracuse Sport Horse Invitational in Syracuse, New York. Representatives of PhelpsSports.com have been credentialed for top international events around the world including the World Cup Finals for dressage and show jumping, and all three equestrian sports at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
mbg at phelpsmediagroup dot com
Consultant, Account Executive
Maureen Gross is the Director of Development and Community Outreach for Phelps Media Group, Inc., International. By recently joining the PMG team and spearheading this new department for Phelps Media Group, Inc, International (PMG), Maureen handles most of the PMG activities in Palm Beach County that are not related to the equestrian world. This department is designed to provide additional services for PMG’s existing clients, to expand PMG’s local exposure and to create a charitable component to the industry. Maureen has worked in the non-profit industry for over 25 years in Palm Beach County, and most recently, was the Director of Development for the Central Palm Beach County’s non-profit arm---the Palms West Community Foundation. Maureen brings with her a vast base of local contacts in Palm Beach County—from both the business and non-profit worlds, and has extensive community service and non-profit experience.
jmt at phelpsmediagroup dot com
General Manager and Marketing Development
Julie left the corporate world with over 25 years of experience in Sales, Marketing and Management to combine her love of horses with work and joined PMG in 2007. She trained with Melanie Smith Taylor's mother, Rachel Smith,in Memphis and enjoyed showing until she went to Colorado for school and started riding western and skiing whenever possible. Julie now follows the teachings of Natural Horsemanship with her horse, Michaleen. She has a BS in Marketing and Business Management and brings her management experience in areas such as the ski industry, hospitality industry, radio and charitable events to PMG. Julie along with her skills in Finance, Budgeting, Market Analysis, Training and Sales works to keep PMG running smoothly. In her free time, she is actively involved in the Wellington community and in various charities to help save horses and dogs.
rjw at phelpsmediagroup dot com
Senior Account Executive
Rebecca began working for PMG during the summer of 2008 as an intern before she graduated from James Madison University in December of 2008. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Design with a Corporate Communication concentration and a Studio Art minor. Rebecca has covered top international equestrian events for Phelps Media Group, including the 2010, 2011, and 2012 FEI World Cup Finals, the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games, and the 2012 London Olympic Games. She is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists (IAEJ). Rebecca has been riding and showing hunters in Baltimore County since she was 8 years old. Rebecca’s skills include writing, photography, graphic design and web design. She has done work for the New York Racing Association, ST-Publishing, The Exchange, and numerous other companies. Rebecca comes to PMG with a desire to combine her professional skills with her passion for the equestrian industry.
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Carrie has over twenty years of experience in public relations, advertising, marketing communications, entertainment and events. Most recently, Carrie ran her own firm, Show Business Marketing, a Minneapolis enthusiast-based marketing and promotional events company targeting the equestrian audience. Her clients included Ariat, Equine Network, Midwest Horse Fair, Troxel and Arc de Triomphe. Carrie worked for T3 Group, a marketing and change management consulting firm, where she was Vice President of Marketing. At Juntunen Group, one of the largest multimedia and production firms in the upper Midwest, Carrie was Director of New Business Development. Highlights of her tenure include managing all media aspects of the pivotal Episcopal Church convention, series production for HGTV and account leadership for Best Buy, Target,The Minnesota Wild and Hartford Life, to name a few. She also worked in direct marketing for Duplication Factory, leading high impact projects for clients like Boeing and Continental Airlines and helped found their interactive division, Linking Solutions. An avid equestrian, Carrie began riding and showing in her early teens in West Point, NY. She has fox hunted with the Long Lake Hounds and played polo as a member of the Twin City Polo Club, but her true passion is show hunters.