Sandy Pflueger

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Sandy Pflueger
Born Helen Sandy Pflueger
1954 (age 63–64)
Hawaii, United States
Occupation Equestrienne
Spouse(s) Mark Phillips
(m. 1997; sep. 2012)
Children Stephanie Phillips

Helen Sandy Pflueger Phillips (born 1954) is an American equestrienne. She has competed successfully in both eventing and dressage, finishing second at the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials in 1981 and competing on the United States Dressage Team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

She is the daughter of James and Nancy Pflueger. On 1 February 1997, Sandy Pflueger married British Olympian and coach of the American Eventing team, Captain Mark Phillips, whose first wife was Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II. Mrs. Phillips coached the US eventing team in dressage, alongside her husband.

The couple lived in England with their daughter, Stephanie (b. 2 October 1997). Pflueger is also stepmother to Peter Phillips and Zara Phillips, the oldest grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Sandy was the co-owner of Hawaii’s Ka Loko Dam, which collapsed after heavy rain on 14 March 2006, killing seven people. Unlicensed grading operations had been carried out, with the knowledge of the local authorities, who failed to enforce a stop-work order.[1]

It emerged in May 2012 that Capt. Phillips has left his second wife and intends to divorce her having become involved with another woman, Lauren Hough.[2]


  1. ^ Editorial, Correction. "Helen Sandy Pflueger Phillips". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Gordon Rayner "Captain Mark Phillips to divorce for second time after falling for 35-year-old Lauren Hough", Daily Telegraph, 3 May 2012

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