Shearwater Welcomes New Brand Ambassadors

Shearwater Insurance is delighted to welcome Michael Murphy and Barney Siddle to their stable of ambassadors.

Irish international para dressage rider, Michael Murphy has had his horses successfully insured with Shearwater for several years and has never been one to let disability hold him back.  Born with the rare condition Deherine-Sottas, riding has become a huge part of Michael’s life, both physically and emotionally.  At just 14-years-old Michael became the youngest rider in the world to win at CPEDI-2* level and has since gone on to compete at the highest levels.  Michael represented Ireland at the 2019 European Championships and now has his sights set on Tokyo 2021.

“It is a comfort to know that the horses are insured with Shearwater. They are a professional but friendly company, competitive and knowledgeable. On the claim we had they were fast and efficient, and nothing was too much trouble.

Shearwater took the time at the beginning to work out the individual needs for each horse and came up with a competitive quote, which included flying which was essential for us.” Michael Murphy

Barney Siddle is an exceptionally talented young rider.  At just 10-years-old he has competed in Shetland Racing, Pony Club Dressage and Showjumping Championships, Trailblazers and the NSEA Eventing Championships.  Now riding the 6-year-old, grey, Grange Rock Sparrow co-owned by his mother, Chantal Siddle and Shearwater’s Managing Director, Jeremy Lawton, Barney’s short-term aim is to compete at the Badminton Grassroots Championships as soon as he his old enough.

Shearwater is our absolute go-to for all of our insurance needs from house, yard and horse, to cars and liabilities. The team in the office are easy to talk to and they actually take the time to get to know you as a client.  Most importantly, when you need to claim for something, they are quick and listen to your needs, making the whole process much less stressful in your hour of need.  We wouldn't use anyone else!” Chantal Siddle

Both Michael and Barney display all the key attributes of a brand ambassador – determination, honesty and integrity, and are a welcome addition to the Shearwater team.

We love to share in our client’s successes and follow their journeys.  Being able to support these two talented riders is a privilege and we wish them all the best for the coming season.” Laraine Taylor, Shearwater Insurance Equine Manager.

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