US Olympian Dressage rider Courtney King Dye, who sustained a head injury two weeks ago in a riding accident will be flown March 25, in an air ambulance to The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, 1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052. This highly regarded facility is near her northern home and a large support group. Even better they are open to having her dogs and even a horse visit! "This is the beginning of a long road of rehab although no one can tell us how long or how difficult that road will be." reported Lendon Gray. "She is still technically in a coma, although she sometimes responds to commands to move and even smile. She is being put in a special chair to allow her to sit up for periods of time." Anyone wanting to visit should contact Lendon at graydressage[at]optonline.net. Cards and notes are welcome, no flowers yet please. Visitors will still be extremely restricted and in the future we will create a schedule for visitors.
Courtney’s family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of love shown through cards and email — comebackcourt[at]gmail.com. "I have received such amazing support through my facebook page and want everyone to know that Betsy Tyler, Jen Baumert, Courtney’s parents, brothers, and sister have joined her husband Jason at her side daily. There is a friendly face with her 24 hours a day."
There have also been so many people generously helping with the finances. While insurance will cover most of her medical bills at this time, the generosity of others is helping with her two flights, the medical extras necessary, as well as some of her regular expenses like mortgage, car payments, etc. "We will make sure Courtney is always taken care of , but we appreciate those who are offering to help." said Lendon. Various fundraising efforts have helped raise funds to help Courtney's mounting expenses: the first was done by Charlotte Page and Brendan and Kaitlyn Tota. These children sold carrots and apples during the Palm Beach Dressage Derby right after Courtney’s accident. Caraol Cohen spearheaded efforts at Dressage Under The Stars at the Players' Club in Wellington. Upcoming activities include a clinic that Steffen Peters is donating, an online auction of a Patricia Powers painting donated by Tami Hoag, as well as a Succeed sponsored online ebay auction. Thank you all so much for your generosity.
Any donations should be made to the
Courtney King Trust,
Equine Business Institute
PO Box 286, S. Deerfield, MA 01373.
Courtney’s horses are being cared for by her regular staff and Jenn Marchand, her long time assistant, is currently working them. They will be going north to her summer home in NY in a couple of weeks. All owners have decided to keep the horses fit and ready for Courtney’s return.
Thank you everyone for your love, prayers, offers of help, and overall caring for Courtney.