Horse & Hound



I WAS interested to read the story on Sandra Murphy and the BAME Equine and Rural Activities Focus Group (news, 1 October) and also an online article from another publicatio­n in which Ms Murphy explained how her daughter was forced to give up a showjumpin­g career due to racism. While her daughter was at rallies, she heard people calling her the “n” child and other derogatory things.

She told how her daughter was a regional champion and went with a team to a championsh­ip. The team was third but during the parade they left her daughter out, in the car park on her own. I have worked in the equine world for many years and have never come across anything as abhorrent.

I felt so sad for this child and her mother. Ms Murphy comes across as a strong, clever woman and I feel the equine world owes her and her daughter an apology.

Liz Brinkmann Boston, Lincs

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