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Tragic Women’s History: Simone Montgomery is first female jockey to die during horse race

Simone Montgomery (1986-2013) dies during Darwin Cup event, first woman to die in a horse race

DARWIN, Australia — Tragedy struck during the Darwin Cup.

Simone Montgomerie, 26, died after she fell from her mount, Riahgrand, and was trampled by a half-dozen other horses.

Darwin Turf Club chairman Brett Dixon said Ms. Montgomerie sustained “traumatic injuries” in the home straight.

She was treated by doctors at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Royal Darwin Hospital. She died at the hospital.

“It is with great regret that we were advised by the family that Simone passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital,” Dixon said. “Stewards agreed it was best to abandon the meeting in order to begin an investigation into this tragic event.”

As far as the Darwin Turf Club is concerned, she was our family, and we’re all devastated by this accident.”

Ms. Montgomerie won 27 times in 2012. She is the first female jockey killed while horse racing.

Ms. Montgomerie would have been 27 later this year.

I really hate to say this, but I really do not think that Australian horse racing will ever recover from this. Ms. Montgomerie’s death is the most devastating national tragedy in every word possible.

I had to hold back tears while writing this.

[Huffington Post Sports]
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Arizona Cardinals cheerleader Megan Welter charged with domestic violence for beating up boyfriend

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — The domestic violence culture in sports and the military is making headlines once again.

It is in the NFL, once again.

This time, it is one of the NFL cheerleaders, not a player, that is the abuser in their relationship.

Megan Welter, 29, a former resident of Wilmington, was arrested for criminal domestic violence by the Scottsdale City Police Department on July 20, which was the weekend of her birthday. She served in the Iraq war during the Bush 43 Administration. Video of the incident recorded is below the fold.
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