Dardanup horseman Rhys Yuill will represent the South West in the WA division of the Rural Ambassador competition at the Perth Royal Show next month.
The 23-year-old was encouraged to enter the competition — run by the Royal Agricultural Society — to represent his community.
‘‘We were asked about different issues such as live export, Gina Rhinehart and foreign workers and the ethical treatment of animals, then we had to make a short presentation and I spoke about problems people face in the bush,’’ he said.
After living and working in Narembeen in the eastern Wheatbelt for the past few years, Mr Yuill has returned home to the South West to join the family business of training horses. Mr Yuill, brother to jockey Kyra Yuill, takes an active role in the family’s stables and is involved in the Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival.
Mr Yuill said he had always wanted to be a farmer but knew life on the land would be a hard slog.
‘‘If you’re not already established it’s next to impossible to get started and make a go of it,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re facing a cost-price squeeze which is tough when there is the pressure to keep prices down but costs are going up.’’
Rural Ambassador judging chairman Deane Allen said Mr Yuill had shown the ‘‘all round’’ qualities which would enable him to represent not only the South West but WA if he progressed to the next part of the competition.
‘‘He did very well in his communication skills and he had a great personality, was easy to talk to and was confident,’’ Mr Allen said.
‘‘There was a couple of other good candidates but Rhys had the all round qualities we were looking for.’’