DEATH OF ONE OF THE EQUESTRIAN TRADE’S LONGEST-SERVING FIGURES ANNOUNCED

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Huge contribution to the equestrian industry was recognised with a BETA Lifetime Achievement Award and MBE. 

Marion O’Sullivan, company director of D J Murphy – the publisher of Horse&Rider and PONY magazines - died last Friday (22 May). 


She was 90 and passed away at her home in Haslemere. 

Mrs O’Sullivan was the daughter of David John Murphy who began publishing PONY magazine in 1949.

She later ran the family owned business, becoming well-known throughout wider equestrian industry. She also supported many charities. 

Marion O’Sullivan was a recipient of the BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) Lifetime Achievement Award and an MBE.

D J Murphy remains in the family with Marion’s daughter Kate Austin as managing director. Last year, the publisher marked its 70th anniversary.

At the time, Kate told ETN: “We are hugely proud of the company’s successes… It is testimony to our dedicated staff - including my mother and company director Marion O’Sullivan who turns 90 this year, and is still selling advertising in the magazines.”

Marion O’Sullivan will be missed by the team at D J Murphy and by many clients, colleagues and friends throughout the equestrian world. 

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