PhelpsSports.com, a highly innovative subscription equestrian sports website, offers equestrians and fans of equestrian sports from around the world a single web address for the latest breaking news of the Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Eventing and other High Performance disciplines. PhelpsSports.com features up-to-the-minute audio reports, video interviews and unique features from around the globe, photography, and the creative writing and reporting of some of the finest equestrian journalists in the world.
MEET THE PHELPSSPORTS.COM TEAM
Mason Phelps, Jr. - President
Mason Phelps, Jr. has been in the public relations business for most of his life. It is only recently that he formalized his work and launched his own company. Mason brings to his firm a flair for thinking outside the box. He has been featured in many magazines for his equestrian activities as well as his ability to produce events and raise funds for charitable organizations. Mason’s network of people extends from coast-to-coast in the U.S. and also includes Europe, which translates into a network of media outlets nationally and internationally. On every project, he is committed to getting the message out to the world. His dynamic leadership has created the equestrian world’s most dynamic information network.
Buffy and Nell
The two most prominent tattle-telling sisters in the history of equestrian gossip columnists dig up the most juicy morsels from around the horse world and report back exclusively to PhelpsSports.com subscribers. If there is a controversy, a topic of the day, a scandal, a debate or a hot potato issue on the equestrian table, Buffy and Nell will sort it all out and will deliver it fresh, in their always popular “tell it like it is” style, only at PhelpsSports.com.
Victor T. Connor
Victor T. Connor is a Branch Manager, Registered Investment Advisor, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) and Financial Advisor for Raymond James Financial Services in Wellington, FL. In 2003, Victor opened his own branch, Connor Financial Group, specializing in Retirement Planning and Wealth Advisory Services. CFG specializes in helping individuals and small businesses build, protect and preserve wealth and the management of trust and retirement plans. Graduating from the University of Florida with a BA in Political Science, his financial advisory practice now spans 29 years. In addition to his financial advisory practice, Victor is heavily involved with the horse industry, currently serving as the President of the South Florida Hunter Jumper Association, Vice President of the Palm Beach County Horseman’s Association, Special Projects Committee member for the United States Hunter Jumper Association, as well the Equestrian representative to the Palm Beach County Overall Economic Development Program (OEDP), and competitor in the Adult Hunter division.
Fred Glueckstein is based in Sykesville, Maryland and specializes in writing non-fiction with an eye to the past as well as the present. Putting “equestrian culture” under the microscope, Fred’s column will reveal undiscovered secrets from the world of horses, writers, artists, and celebrities, specifically exploring the long and enduring relationship between people and their four-legged friends. In-depth profiles about remarkable men and women, famous and infamous, idols and unsung heroes, past and present, who publicly or privately share a common thread that won’t escape Fred’s intense curiosity – a lifelong passion for horses.
Based in Ravenna MI, Bob Goddard has been a prolific writer of equine humor since the early nineties. He professes to be an expert “par excellence” where squandering the family fortune to support two horse-crazed daughters is concerned. Bob’s mental creativity brings a new and hilariously entertaining focus to seemingly everyday issues, then magnifies them into one glorious package that seamlessly captures the essence and meaning that horses bring to our lives. His “humor” column for PhelpsSports.com will be a real winner.
Kathy Hobstetter has an enviable list of accomplishments in the equestrian industry, as well as being a first-class writer. Now based out of Costa Mesa, in Orange County, CA, Kathy is a competitor, trainer, instructor and manager. She has been President of the Greater Orange County Horse Show Organization since 2000, as well as Chef d’Equipe and coordinator for the North American Young Riders Championship Zone 8 silver medal winning team. Another of her career highlights was acting as Deputy Sports Director for the USA Olympic Committee’s Show Jumping Festival which took place in Denver, Colorado. For many years Kathy has also been involved with the publishing side of the equestrian industry, working for various hunter-jumper websites as well as producing articles for her own ShowBiz California magazine. Kathy will anchor PhelpsSports.com’s California coverage.
Kitson's first book for children, Carrot in My Pocket combines the poet's lifelong fascination with "things horsey" and her experience as a professional author and journalist. Kitson grew up around horses, learning to ride at an early age. After graduating from George Mason University with dual BAs in English Writing and Speech Communications, she moved to Washington, DC. Kitson is a regular freelance contributor for equestrian magazines including Dressage Today, Young Rider and Horse Sport as well as American Girl and Dogs for Kids. She has written numerous feature stories and a weekly radio column for The Washington Times. She volunteers for two animal rescue groups in the Washington, DC area, where she lives with her husband, two sons, two dogs, two cats, and two horses … who have been responsible for many missing carrots.
Jonna Koellhoffer joins the PhelpsSports.com team as a freelance writer and photographer. An avid animal lover, she’s had dogs & cats her whole life and purchased her first horse at the age of 19. She began showing dressage shortly thereafter. It was riding and competing that gave her and business partner, Susan Stickle, the inspiration to found their business, Hoof Prints Photography, Video & Design Services. Jonna competed in dressage and eventing with her Quarter Horse, Bert who, at 28, is living in retirement at a farm in New Jersey. Videography and web design are her primary functions at Hoof Prints. Jonna has been developing and writing for her clients, as well as her own web sites.
Kenneth Kraus – Executive Director
Ken has been involved in the equestrian industry since 1960 – first as a top junior rider and then as one of the nation's premiere announcers. He has announced at every major horse show in the country including The National Horse Show, the World Cup Finals, Devon, the American Invitational, and the Winter Equestrian Festival. Ken was an on-air personality for four years in the Cleveland, Ohio radio market and also spent a number of years in the rock’n’roll business as road manager for Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Outlaws. The equestrian news website Towerheads was Ken's original creation and the experience there will help Ken lead the PhelpsSports.com team in creating the web’s most exciting equestrian address.
Based with her husband and children in Washington, D.C., Eliza McGraw grew up in Tennessee, riding horses from the age of three. Temporarily abandoned in favor of intellectual ambitions, Eliza’s passion was rekindled following graduate school, when her planned career as an English professor was discarded because it didn’t involve horses. Packaging all her accumulated skills Eliza subsequently became known to countless horse fans as the author of ‘Everyday Horsemanship’, published in 2003. Eliza’s ‘Horse and Home’ column for PhelpsSports.com will provide answers blissfully sought by a great many: how to survive with horses and successfully manage a marriage, a home, raise your kids … while avoiding a nervous breakdown.
Randi Muster Photography/Mustphoto, Inc. has been photographing equestrian events since 1994. Randi (in photo: right) was the first to introduce digital photography to the hunter/jumper venue during the 2000 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). Randi has been the Official Photographer at WEF for the past two years. The summer months bring Randi and her staff to the Northeast to photograph horse shows. Her photos appear in publications throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. She is one of the most creative and hard working photographers in the world today.
Susan has been shooting professionally since 1995, covering local, regional, and National Dressage championships. As an award winning photographer, she has had her work published in equestrian magazines such as Dressage Today, USA Equestrian, The Chronicle of the Horse, HorseSport, and numerous other publications, including book covers. Her print of the World Trade Center Tribute in Lights hangs in the US Customs Department Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Susan rode dressage competitively with her chestnut Thoroughbred mare, Bonnie. The pair were high score champions at training level and went on to compete thru the lower levels. Her love of horses and her knowledge of dressage have given her a wonderfully keen eye that shows in her work.
A multi-tasker, internationally renowned equestrian writer Eduardo Tame is also active in the tourist sector, organizing tour groups from his native Mexico to attend all the major events around the world, including World Championships, Pan American and Olympic Games and World Cup finals. Editor of the Agenda Ecuestre yearbook, he has been an active competitor in jumping, eventing and dressage. He was a member of the Bureau of the Mexican Equestrian Federation from 1984 to 1992, and again from 2004 to 2008. As a journalist, he writes for several newspapers as well as horse magazines in Mexico and abroad.