Horse Illustrated’s Third Podcast Episode on Horses in the Morning Features International Combined Driver Mary Phelps, Summer Horse Health Tips from Dr. Mike Tomlinson, and the Morgan Horse with AMHA’s Carrie Mortensen

The third Horse Illustrated Episode of Horses in the Morning was just released on the Horse Radio Network on July 27. Hosts Glenn the Geek, founder of the Horse Radio Network, and Sarah Evers Conrad, Horse Illustrated’s Digital Content Editor, kicked off with Mary Phelps, an international combined driver, who won a gold medal in cones at the 2019 FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies. Listeners also learn summer horse health care tips from international veterinarian Dr. Mike Tomlinson. And Carrie Mortensen, executive director of the American Morgan Horse Association, shares the magic of the Morgan breed with podcast listeners. This episode was presented by Title Sponsor Straight Arrow Products and Cowboy Magic. To listen in, visit

Mary Phelps is an equine insurance agent, photographer, and journalist. Phelps created in 1997, and it’s the oldest and longest-running website in equestrian sport. A lifelong equestrian, she is an FEI 3* international athlete in combined driving. Together with her husband, Wayne Humphreys, Phelps manages and trains her world-class driving ponies, competing at the highest level of the sport of combined driving. In 2019, she and her now world-famous driving ponies known as “The Gangsters”—Al Capony, Bugsy Malony, Tony Da Pony, and Kimba—competed for the U.S. in the FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies in Hungary, where they won an individual gold medal in the cones phase and finished 12th overall. Bugsy Maloney and Tony Da Pony became part of the 2020 releases of Breyer model horses.

Dr. C. Mike Tomlinson, DVM, MBA, offers summer horse health care tips. He has been a veterinarian, judge, course designer, steward, or technical delegate at around 30 FEI events each year, on nearly every continent around the globe since 1984. In 2018, he was the president of Veterinary Commission 1 for the World Equestrian Games (WEG). Dr. Tomlinson has represented the USA as Team Veterinarian at several Games and World Championships. In addition to FEI events and veterinary practice, he has been a ‘C’ level executive in many startups, both in and out of the horse world, including companies such as SmartPak, Game Ready, and Snap Seals. His technical time is spent working in chemical engineering, software coding, and medical device innovation. Dr. Tomlinson is known for his constant energy, immunity to jet lag, and penchant for cartoon ties.

Carrie Mortensen is the executive director of the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA), which was founded in 1909 as the Morgan Horse Club and reorganized in 1971 to AMHA. She graduated with an Equestrian Science degree at William Woods University before obtaining her MBA at Xavier University. A longtime resident of Lexington, Ky., Mortensen feels fortunate to have gained a plethora of equestrian business skills from her past employment with organizations such the United States Equestrian Federation, The Jockey Club, and other breed associations. As a representative of AMHA, she now helps the organization in its mission to preserve, promote, and perpetuate the Morgan Horse breed.

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