Kylie takes turf to heart
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.