Supermodel is new racing ambassador
Model Kylie Bax will be named tomorrow as the new horse racing ambassador for the upcoming season.
With her Greek fashion photographer husband, Bax will work with New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing to promote its major events and get younger people interested in racing.
She said as a couple also involved in the fashion industry, they would also offer advice on what to wear to the races.
She is presently on TV screens in an advertisement modelling a dress made of toilet paper.
The former Sports Illustrated cover girl returned to New Zealand in May and said then that she wanted to take an active role in thoroughbred 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, who grew up in Thames, left New Zealand when she was 17 to pursue an international modelling career in New York. She has lived in Sydney for nearly two years. In May she tweeted about her return home to Cambridge.
She grew up in a racing family and with her father owned Matamata-based stud farm Blandford Lodge until she sold her stake to businessman Sir Owen Glenn.
Bax 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."