An e-mail from Courtney today - "The FEI said for 3 months they got at least a nomination for me every day. Of course that only happened because of you (DressageDaily). It was so incredible, thank you! Big huge ginormous hug!!! I'll call as soon as I get back." DressageDaily launched a campaign for Courtney to win this award, but we take no credit. It was a slam dunk for her regardless, and we are excited and proud that we raised awareness about this award. Courtney and her husband Jason travelled to Istanbul, Turkey to revive the award and will be sending us a detailed account on her return.
Courtney King-Dye took to the saddle when she was nine. Years later, she represented the United States at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and at the FEI World Cup™ Finals 2007 and 2008. Along the way, she became a USDF-certified Dressage instructor and trainer and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in literature. In 2010, a horse Courtney was schooling tripped and fell. Courtney, who was not wearing a helmet, fractured her skull in the fall and suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. After four weeks in a coma, she spent three months in hospital re-learning how to walk and talk and the accident still severely affects her coordination and speech.
Courtney advocates educating equestrians on the benefits of wearing helmets through the Riders4Helmets campaign (www.riders4helmets.com).
Although she is still undergoing rehabilitation therapy, Courtney qualified for the US Paralympic Team Selection trials for London 2012. She decided to wait and now aims to qualify for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014.