Despite tough times, Lockey Mundy has found plenty to be
positive about after his daughter, jockey Ashlee Mundy, died
following a race fall at Kurow in 2012.
Mr Mundy (58), who lives near Westport, was in Dunedin
yesterday to attend a coroner's court hearing into her death.
He said there had also been some difficult times.
But mentally and emotionally, he was feeling ''in a good
spot'' after yesterday's hearing.
His daughter, his only child, had died in a ''freak'' racing
accident, which was no-one's fault, and reflected the
underlying risks of the racing industry.''
She was a bubbly person. I'm so grateful for the great life
that she had,'' he told the Otago Daily Times.
''I've actually had such a good relationship with Ashlee. We
did heaps together.''
After a day-long hearing, Otago-Southland coroner David
Crerar reserved his finding into the death of Ms Mundy (26)
after her horse, Elleaye, fell suddenly, at a Kurow race
meeting on December 30, 2012.
Evidence given to the hearing by police, stipendiary
stewards, jockeys and other racing officials showed no
person, including jockeys in the race, had been at fault or
contributed to the death.
Mr Mundy said it was always hard for a parent to face the
loss of a child. She had died suddenly, doing what she loved.
Two of her fellow jockeys, Toni Direen (20), and Courtney
Barnes (19), yesterday gave evidence about the race.
Both gave Mr Mundy a supportive hug after the hearing.
Mr Mundy was also grateful for the ''huge support'' he
and his family had received from police, the racing industry
and other jockeys.
The latter had ''taken him under their wing'' after Ashlee's
His daughter had long loved horses and racing. She had been
involved with horses since about the age of 5, when she had
been active in the Westport Pony Club.
She had not initially envisaged a racing career, but, about
the age of 17, had taken up an offer from Christchurch
trainer Michael Pitman to begin an apprenticeship. Mr Mundy
said he appreciated the extensive efforts by racing officials
and jockeys to ensure the risks of racing were kept to an
He also acknowledged the lengths to which the police and the
coroner had gone to clarify what had happened in his
An Ashley Mundy Memorial jockey's choice award had been
established to honour his daughter's memory.
Ms Barnes, of Wingatui, had won the inaugural award, which
was presented at Reefton, on the West Coast, in January.
Before the accident, his daughter had been based on the Gold
Coast, south of Brisbane, and had been riding in Australia.
She had returned to New Zealand to take part in some races
here, including the Kurow meeting.
There had been a ''huge'' wave of support for his daughter
and her family, and full funeral services had been held for
her on both sides of the Tasman.
She was also an organ donor, and through her death had
delivered a much better quality of life to several other
people, he said.
Her lungs had gone to an 18-year-old woman who now enjoyed
greatly improved lung function, and who had since written to
Two women in their 40s had each received a kidney, freeing
them from the need for dialysis.