My sincere apologies to everyone." O'Keeffe said it was a lucky escape and a reality check in a dangerous career. The family experienced tragedy once again in January 2007, when Michelle’s sister, Brigid, died following a horse riding accident at the age of 36. ‘I remember all night, he was up, he couldn’t sleep. The incident came just hours after a nasty collision at a meet in Taree saw five horses clash and four jockeys taken to hospital. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. When she was 18, Michelle was thrown from her horse. "(I said), 'You're not telling your husband to give up'. She said her sister’s sudden death left her feeling ‘numb’, and the shocked jockey then had to break the tragic news to her father. He was like, “Your children aren’t supposed to go before you.” It was just… it was awful.’, Heartbreaking: She said her sister’s sudden death left her feeling ‘numb’, and the shocked jockey then had to break the tragic news to her father.
Michelle said her father would tell her about her mum every day, and even though she never got to know her, she still feels her presence. "Doctors haven't indicated to us exactly what the surgery was [for] but it certainly was her abdomen and she was adamant when it happened that she was in acute pain," said Des O'Keeffe, the executive officer of the Victorian Jockey's Association.
Payne faced an inquiry by Racing Victoria stewards on 29 June 2017. Double tragedy: The 35-year-old Melbourne Cup-winning jockey revealed her heartbreak after losing her mother in a car accident, and later losing her sister after a horse riding accident.
Michelle Payne has suffered two terrible falls during her riding career; In May 2004 the then 18-year-old fractured her skull and had bruising to the brain in a fall at Sandown Payne fell from Dutch Courage, trained by her brother Patrick Payne, during race seven and was immediately attended to by medics, who opted to take her to hospital for further observation. "Two or three years ago, I think, and he said, don't panic, you've got plenty of time to think about it, just relax, which was surprising because he wanted me to retire before that!
Stipendiary steward Corie Waller said a preliminary inquiry had begun into what caused the accident and it was adjourned until Payne is well enough to give her version of events.
''They said, 'Yeah, but you seem to be a bit more unlucky than them'.''. More loss: The family experienced tragedy once again in January 2007, when Michelle’s sister, Brigid, died following a horse riding accident at the age of 36. That left her with four fractured vertebrae and broken ribs, and in September that year - a month after resuming racing - she had another bad fall at Ararat. Pictured on Anh’s Brush with Fame. She chose to continue her career, but had another bad shunt in 2012, when she was thrown over the head of El Devine shortly after the start of a race at a Sunday race meeting at Donald.
"Unfortunately it's part and parcel of what is a really rewarding, at times, but also an extremely dangerous pursuit.". Pictured with her dad, Paddy, and brother, Stevie, at the premiere of Ride Like A Girl in Melbourne in September 2019. Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne is in a serious but stable condition in hospital after having surgery following a race fall at Mildura on Monday.