Summerhill Stud announced today that it has appointed Katrina Partridge as the company’s business development manager.
Katrina combines 17 years experience of the thoroughbred industry with strategic management skills derived from almost a decade working in professional services. The former lawyer has spent the past 5 and a half years in Hong Kong heading the business development and public relations division of the world’s sixth largest law firm as well as managing her own company Athlone & Associates Ltd (Athlone). Athlone introduced Australasia’s first thoroughbred marketing weblog in 2003 plus designed and implemented the world’s first racing carnival weblog for the Dubai Racing Club in 2006. Katrina brings to South Africa extensive Industry contacts in Dubai, Asia, Europe and Australia.

Summerhill’s decision to recruit internationally underlines the increasing profile of South African racing both domestically and abroad. In the past 6 months alone, champion globe trotting trainer Mike de Kock sent out Irridescence to lead from start to post in the Group One Audemars Piguet Cup in Hong Kong (lowering the colours of European champion Ouija Board in the process). This followed the outstanding performances of South African trained horses during the Dubai International Racing Carnival where in the space of 12 weeks 31 horses raced 98 times for 16 wins (including 5 stakes races) and 13 placings and prize money of USD $2,022,750 (R 14,733,137). Across the globe, Perfect Promise (Caesour-Meretricious) became the first South African thoroughbred race mare to win an Australian Group One (the C F Orr Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse); and Charles Laird (bidding on behalf of Marcus Jooste) paid the record price for a colt sold at an Australasian auction when he secured the Redoute’s Choice ex Deja Slew colt for R15m (AUD3m) at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Speaking of Katrina’s appointment stud proprietor Mick Goss said:

“Katrina is a highly talented racing professional who will be a valuable addition to our team as South Africa continues to showcase its thoroughbred industry locally and internationally”.

When asked about her new role Katrina responded:

“The South African racing industry is developing at a rate of knots. Summerhill has been at the cutting edge of innovation since its inception and it seemed a natural fit for my skills and what I want to achieve in my career.”

Katrina joins Summerhill on July 5.