FOR the Pye family, this has been the hardest 12 months of their lives.

This time last year, the Rockhampton family had only just begun to mourn the loss of beloved sister and daughter, Carly-Mae Pye, after a fall during a jump out at Callaghan Park.

The beloved and talented horsewoman was just 26 years old.

Carly-Mae's mother, Cherie, said her daughter would always be in the family's hearts while they still struggled to come to terms with their loss.

She said Carly-Mae's siblings Emma-Rose, Daniel and Holly-Jo idolised her as their mentor, counsellor, number one supporter and loving older sister.

"Carly-Mae was a giver to the end; she gave life to others through organ donation.

"I am honoured and proud to be Carly-Mae's mum. Nothing about Carly-Mae was ordinary; she was talented, gifted, amazing and she was my world," Cherie said.

"I would give anything to go for one last walk, ride and talk with my girl. My heart is broken. It has been an extremely hard year for the family and in the race of life, she was a winner."

Reflecting on words from the eulogy at Carly-Mae's funeral, Cherie wanted the world to know who her daughter was, on and off the track.

"Horses were her passion, her true love, eventing her dream," she said.

"She was first sat on a horse as a baby and attended her first Pony Club rally at three years old.

"Her very first horse was a fluffy blue stuffed toy Bluey, a gift at birth. Bluey lived on her bed and was beside her for her last long sleep."

The loss felt by the passing of Carly-Mae has extended beyond the family, with the Callaghan Park website crashing on the Saturday night after her passing as everyone logged in to watch the video tribute to Carly-Mae.

Cherie said her daughter was dearly loved by all and had a special relationship with her loving sisters and brother.



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