Simone Montgomerie, born 1 September 1986, grew up in the coastal town of Streaky Bay in South Australia, approximately 727 km’s, by road, from Adelaide.
She was the daughter of Peter and Lee-Anne Montgomerie, both well recognised racing people of South Australia and the Northern Territory. Peter was a horse trainer, he trained ‘On A Jeune’ to win a Geelong Cup en route to running second to ‘Makybe Diva’ in her third consecutive Melbourne Cup.
The career of this talented young rider started in Adelaide, taking up a race riding apprenticeship in Adelaide, 2005 at age 17.
Four years later, in 2009, Simone made the move to the Northern Territory when she approached Darwin based trainer, Michael Hickmott, for an opportunity as stable apprentice. With this move, Simone was able to move closer to her parents, Peter and Lee-Anne, who live in Darwin.
Simone achieved great success while riding in the top end, accomplishing what no other female had done before her, winning the 2012-13 Darwin jockeys premiership with 27 wins, a commendable effort in and among tough riding ranks.
Only a few days following this career high, tragedy struck, on what would be a fateful Darwin Cup day, August 5, in 2013.
In race six of the Darwin Cup meeting, upon straightening up at approximately the 200 meter-mark, Simone was dislodged from her mount, ‘Rhiagrand’, and suffered a dreadful fall, which would prematurely end her young life.
Anyone you speak to who knew Simone and knows horses will tell you that Simone had an amazing affinity with horses.
In her time in the saddle, to go with the 2012-13 Darwin jockeys premiership, Simone also recorded 67 winners.
Without a shadow of a doubt though, Simone’s greatest achievement came off the racetrack, when she gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Kodah, who was five when Simone passed.
Immediately after Simone’s passing, the Darwin Turf Club setup the ‘Simone Montgomerie Fund’ to raise much needed funds for brave, little Kodah.
The National Jockeys Trust, along with the wider racing community, showed their support and generosity by donating funds from fundraising, prizemoney, wage percentages etc. to the Simone Montgomerie Fund.