Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Courtney King-Dye Medical Fund

As many of you know, Courtney King-Dye was in a terrible accident on March 3rd while schooling one of her horses and suffered a very serious head trauma. After being in a coma for many weeks, Courtney was released to a rehab center, where she is making progress day by day.

For those of you that do not know Courtney's history, following are just a few of her accomplishments: In 2000, she was named to the USET Olympic Long List and in 2004 was named to the USEF High Performance Developing Riders List. Courtney is a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Gold Medalist and a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level. In August 2008, Courtney represented the USA at the Olympic Games in Hong Kong on Harmony's Mythilus. Courtney is based at Bel Air Farm in Millbrook, New York.

Courtney still has a long journey ahead of her, and I am writing to you all in an effort to raise awareness for "The Courtney King-Dye Medical Fund." One of Courtney's sponsors, SUCCEED Digestive Condition Program, has started an eBay store in order to raise money for the cause. Also, if you would like to make a donation to the store, please e-mail Lyndsey at, 100% of the proceeds go to support Courtney (after eBay charges). I personally purchased one of the "Strap One On" t-shirts and LOVE IT! As a matter of fact, it's the same fabric as the Riding Couture tissue tees, so if you are a RC t-shirt fan, you will want one for sure!

Courtney's friend, Suzanne, put together a wonderful video called Suddenly I See , please take a minute to watch the video and think about Courtney and even say a prayer.

Life is precious and accidents can happen so fast...Please wear a helmet.


jacksonsgrrl said...

I feel bad about what happened, but did she have one strapped on? I am an advocate for even high level dressage riders to wear helmets, and they simply do not. It makes me cringe. Too many unecessary head injuries out there in the name of "looking good." I will be sure to purchase a t-shirt, but I sure hope it helps open up the riding industries eyes... HELMETS, PEOPLE, HELMETS!

Riding Couture said...

Thank you for the post, Mindy!!