Sponsorship for equestrian rider from Rasen store

Darbi Murphy and her house Jessie at Mole Country Stores in Market Rasen
Darbi Murphy and her house Jessie at Mole Country Stores in Market Rasen

An up and coming equestrian rider has been given some much-needed sponsorship by a Market Rasen firm.

Mole CountryStores in the town’s Gallamore Lane has provided 
Darbi Murphy with branded training clothing.

“I have followed Darbi’s progress for some time now,” said store manager Sheila Johnson.

“As a company, we are very proud to assist Darbi in anyway we can to enable her to progress her training and education.”

The 16-year-old from Nettleton starts a two-year BTEC level 3 extended diploma in Horse Management at Gloucester’s Hartpury College in September.

“It has been a struggle to get sponsorship, so we are delighted with the generosity of Mole Country Stores,” said Darbi’s mum Sandra.

“I am so proud of what Darbi has achieved through her talent, self motivation and committment to riding,” she added.

“As a single parent, I don’t have the money to fund everything and Darbi has supported her sport by working hard at her own jobs.

“I am delighted she is now going on to college to continue learning and to gain a qualification in equestrian studies.”

Darbi, who is part of the British Equestrian Under 18 squad, has also received sponsorship from LEAP - 
Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme - for a second year.

She is also a founder member of the De Aston School Equestrian Team and is currently the captain, while Sandra is the team manager.

Darbi and her horse Jessie may be moving on to pastures new, but Sandra will be continuing with the De Aston team having been elected to continue as team manager, working with assistant Sam Coulam.