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A family-run business grows into a leading equestrian publisher - D J Murphy (Publishers)Ltd

D J Murphy (Publishers) Ltd was founded in 1949 by David J Murphy, who spotted a gap in the market for a magazine for young horse enthusiasts.

He started publishing PONY Magazine, and for many years it was the only title dedicated to young equestrians. Since then, generations of pony-mad children and teenagers have grown up with PONY, in the UK and all over the world. The title continues to inspire each new generation and PONY is firmly
established as the UK's number one equestrian teen magazine.

In 1950, Murphy added Showjumping to his stable of equestrian titles, but soon renamed the title Light Horse, to reach more owners and riders. Light Horse became Horse&Rider in 1981, is now the UK's No1 best-selling equestrian monthly.


D J Murphy (Publishers) Ltd was a family affair, managed first by one of David Murphy's daughters, Marion O'Sullivan, and then by her daughter, Kate Austin until January 2006, when it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Signature Publishing.

In June 2012 a team including Marion O'Sullivan and Kate Austin, along with members of the management team, took the opportunity to buy the title back and reform DJ Murphy as a solely equestrian title which also comprises of the best selling teen equestrian magazine, PONY.

Today, the ethos of the company remains the same - to provide readers with advice from leading experts in riding and horse care, in a lively, informative and entertaining way, and especially to promote horse welfare and humane horse care management techniques.

In addition to publishing equestrian magazines, books and websites, D J Murphy plays an active part in the equestrian world.

As a company dedicated to equine welfare, D J Murphy publically supports equine charities. Beneficiaries include the World Horse Welfare, Riding for the Disabled Association, The Brooke, HAPPA, Redwings, The Donkey Sanctuary, The Blue Cross, and the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust.

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