Welcome Brand Ambassador Carly Summerhill.
Hello, my name is Carly Summerhill, I’m 27 and I live in Perth, Western Australia.
I have always had a passion for horses and I've been very lucky to have a beautiful mother that has supported my passion from before I could walk. I lived rurally in New South Wales growing up and when I turned 18 moved to WA before making my way to Perth In 2014.
I have competed in a range of disciplines throughout my life (pony club, games, jumping, showing and hacking). I now compete mainly in breed shows and official hacking and have focused on these disciplines for the last 7 years throughout NSW and Western Australia.
I purchased 'Accacia Park Pina Colada' in 2013 sight unseen from Katherine and Karen Debattista - Accacia park, in Victoria. She was broken in and shown for a short period under saddle and then turned out. Once arriving in W.A we began the journey to her successful career. By all means it has not been easy, 'Pina' has taught me many things but most of all commitment and dedication. Riding 6 days a week to continually improve to reach our goals and be ready for competitions. Numerous outings, travelling and long hours have went in to forming the friendship and bond we now have.
'Pina' is a 12 year old 14.3hh Palomino Riding Pony mare. She is registered with Dilutes, WABA and Riding Pony Stud Book. Competing mainly in breed shows halter and ridden as well as official show horse as a Large Galloway Hunter. It was always my childhood dream to compete at a Royal Show. 'Pina' and I debuted in 2016 and in our first experience won Best Presented Palomino and Ridden Palomino at Perth Royal Show. We then went on to win Ridden Palomino 2017 and Riding Pony Over Height – Hunter Led 2017
Some of our Major achievements over the last four years for myself and 'Pina' include High Point Annual Awards in societies such as Western Australian Buckskin Association, Dilutes Western Australia and Dilutes Australia National High Point awards. Representing Western Australia in the Under Saddle national qualifier 2017/2018 for Dilutes Australia. Our achievements two years running at the Perth Royal Show and competing in official show horse Midwest HOTY in 2014-2016 for a Large Galloway title and two runner ups.
This year 'Pina' and I are working towards starting dressage, working consistently when in a competition environment under saddle and having 'Pina' more secure within herself maintaining focus. Continuing to compete under WABA, Dilutes, RSPB and also joining APSB to compete in the state show in 2019. We are looking forward to attending the Dilute and WABA colour and state shows, Perth Royal Show, RPSB State show and the APSB State show.
We strive to always present ourselves to the best of our abilities and be an approachable friendly competitor, making friends every time we compete. I have a passion for horses but also for people, good sportsmanship and a professional attitude in any sport is a must! I believe in helping others to succeed along beside you is the best thing about the equestrian world.
My love of showing and presentation led me to create my own business ‘Show Ring Styling’ in 2016 focusing on equestrian fashion in the breed show ring. Being new to the Perth equestrian scene it enabled me to meet many lovely people in the community and help share my passion and knowledge with others.
Photo Credits: Vicki Tapper - Sherri Wightman - Kristi Teakle.