Rocky Jockey Natalea Summers escapes serious injury.
Published 12 December 2022
Rockhampton jockey Natalea Summers is very fortunate to have escaped serious injury after a nasty pre-race incident at Roma races last Saturday.
Roma’s chief steward, Rockhampton based Shane Larkins reported that the jockey was “dislodged from her mount Quart Pot on the way to the barriers” prior to the start of the fourth race.
As a consequence, Natalea was treated on the track by paramedics before being transported to Roma Hospital for observation.
Quart Pot was a late scratching with the incident causing a long delay during the five race Roma program where Summers’ previous three rides finished either last or second last.
Today, (MONDAY) Natalea provided more details of what occurred at Roma.
“The horse threw a tantrum on the track going to the start. It whipped around and reared up and came down on top of me. Its head hit my head and subsequently my head hit the ground. I was lucky really as I was all right except for some concussion”, Natalea said.
She was discharged from hospital after a few hours and spent the night in Roma.
“Darryl (Johnston – partner) had to drive out Sunday morning and bring me home. I’ll be right after a few days”, Natalea said.
Darryl said the round trip out from Rockhampton to Roma and back (934km) to collect Natalea and her car took around 10 hours.
“Her mum came out with me and drove Natalea’s car back”, Darryl said.
Natalea Summers, a fine horsewoman is one of the most resilient jockeys I have known during my long career in racing.
She has that rare gift of being able to continually overcome diversity, both professionally and personally to passionately get back to jockeying, one of life’s most dangerous professions.
During her career which spans 17 years, race riding injuries include surgery for total knee reconstruction, arm nerve release and earlier this year a total hip replacement.
Recent multiple surgery meant Natalea Summers was off the riding scene for 18 months before resuming in July this year.
Since then, Summers has ridden nine winners on the country circuit including doubles at Gladstone and Twin Hills.
It is tribute to her courage and testimony to her determination that Natalea Summers still has the commitment, desire and zest for race riding.
“I don’t know about that but I hope to be back riding later this week. Just having a few quiet days in the meantime”, Natalea said modestly.
Incidentally, the culprit causing Natalea’s woes, the six years old Wayne Baker trained mare Quart Pot is now barred from racing until she trials to the satisfaction of stewards.