Westport funeral for fallen jockey
Hundreds have gathered to farewell jockey Ashlee Mundy in her home town of Westport today.
The popular 26-year-old died in Dunedin Hospital on Monday after suffering serious head injuries when her mount fell after clipping heels with another horse at the Kurow races on December 30.
Mundy fell into the path of the following horses and was trampled.
She was taken by helicopter to Dunedin Hospital but failed to recover, and her life support was switched off in the presence of family and close friends.
Several hundred people have gathered at the Solid Energy Centre in Westport to farewell Munday today. Her funeral began at 4pm.
Mundy had returned to New Zealand a couple of weeks ago from Queensland to ride on the South Island summer circuit.
The former Cantabrian was a freelance jockey at the Gold Coast Turf Club, where she had been expected to return in February.
Mundy had spent Christmas Day with her parents in Westport. "It's the first Christmas I've had with them for 10 years," she said in an interview on Boxing Day.
On Tuesday, Cheryl Mundy was at the Waikouaiti racecourse for a minute's silence to mark the death of her daughter.
The minute's silence was observed at three race meetings in New Zealand on New Year's Day, and jockeys at Waikouaiti wore black armbands in Mundy's honour.
The young jockey will be remembered at a race meeting in Australia this month when a close friend wears black silks, with a silver fern design on the chest, in her memory.
Mundy's parents and close friends Rikki Jamieson and Laura Cheshire came up with the design, which was revealed on a Facebook memorial page for the jockey on Wednesday.
The page said Jamieson would wear the colours for some of her rides at the Gold Coast races on January 19.