Kylie takes turf to heart

Matamata Chronicle - - Property -

Mata­mata-born model Kylie Bax has been an­nounced the ambassador for horse rac­ing for the up­com­ing sea­son.

As ambassador, a ti­tle she ac­cepted last week at the com­mence­ment of the sea­son, she will work with New Zealand Thor­ough­bred Rac­ing to pro­mote the ma­jor car­ni­vals.

With her Greek fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher hus­band, she said she will push to get a new gen­er­a­tion of New Zealan­ders in­ter­ested in rac­ing.

‘‘ We want to help show the young peo­ple that a day at the races is a great day out and how easy it is to get in­volved,’’ Bax said.

‘‘It’s not just for the old fo­gies and those with money, but for ev­ery­body.’’

Bax grew up in a rac­ing fam­ily, and her fa­ther owned and op­er­ated Mata­mata- based farm Bland­ford Lodge.

She now lives in Cam­bridge with her hus­band and chil­dren.

She con­tin­ued to race and breed horses with her par­ents through­out her mod­el­ling ca­reer and owned a stud­farm with her hus­band in Kentucky.

‘‘We’ve been out of New Zealand and the in­dus­try for so long but I’ve never walked away from it,’’ Bax said.

‘‘I was al­ways keep­ing abreast of what was go­ing on.

‘‘ I’ve never stopped read­ing, lis­ten­ing, learn­ing about the horses.’’

Bax said she had al­ways wanted to give back to New Zealand rac­ing.

She said as a cou­ple also in­volved in the fash­ion in­dus­try, they would also of­fer ad­vice on what to wear to the races.


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