Dead jockey's mum on hand for minute's silence
TAYLER STRONG IN WAIKOUAITI
Cheryl Mundy, mother of jockey Ashlee Mundy, was at the Waikouaiti racecourse today for a minute's silence to mark the death of her daughter after a race fall at Kurow on Sunday.
Ashlee died in Dunedin Hospital on Monday morning and a minute's silence was observed at the three race meetings in New Zealand today.
''We will be taking her (Ashlee) back home to Westport this afternoon,'' Mrs Mundy said.
The funeral is in Westport at 4pm on Friday.
Ms Mundy was accompanied to Waikouaiti, where Ashlee had been listed to ride before the accident, by her twin sister Sue Wrathall, of Nelson, and partner Nigel Williams.
''Ashlee has a brother and sister, Mya, 12, and Kane, 10, who idolised her,'' Ms Mundy said.
''It was the first Christmas she had with us for 10 years.''
Ashlee, 26, had been riding in Queensland and returned to ride on the South Island holiday circuit. She was injured in a heavy fall at Kurow on Sunday when her mount Elleaye clipped the heel of another runner and fell.
Her partner Brad Frew and close friend Laura Cheshire flew from Queensland to be with Ashlee at Dunedin Hospital along with another close friend, Michelle Carston.
Ashlee had ridden at Waikouaiti on numerous occasions.
Waikouaiti Racing Club president Jim Lawson, who led the minute's silence, said Ashlee rode four winners on one day at the country venue about 40km north of Dunedin.
''She (Ashlee) always wanted to be as jockey since she began jumping logs at North Beach with her pony,'' Ms Mundy said.
She took up an apprenticeship with Christchurch trainer Michael Pitman.
''She was with our stable for five years and she was just like a daughter to Diane and myself and a sister to our sons, who were about the same age,'' Pitman said.
Jockeys wore black armbands at Waikouaiti today.
- The Southland Times