Item For Bid - Lesson with Olympian Courtney King-Dye - Palm Beach Dressage Derby 2013 EAF Fundraiser February 28

Courtney King-Dye and Mythilus at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Courtney King-Dye and Mythilus at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Courtney King Dye, the FEI 2012 Against All Odds Award Recipient" is a USDF Certified Dressage Instructor and USDF Gold Medalist based out of Millbrook, New York in the summer and Wellington, Florida in the winter. As a competitor she represented the United States at the 2007 World Cup in Las Vegas, 2008 World Cup in The Netherlands, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Courtney is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature. Courtney's show record includes a long history of championships and honors, including many USDF Regional Championships from Training Level to Grand Prix, National Championships, Horse of the Year Awards, Year-End Championships, and the Chronicle of the Horse's Dressage Equestrian of the Year Award. Courtney is known for her ability to show horses of all different types at nearly every level at the same show and come away with the lion's share of blue ribbons.

On March 3, 2010, a horse Courtney was riding tripped and fell. Courtney was not wearing a helmet and suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. She spent 4 weeks in a coma and 3 months in in-patient rehabilitation re-learning how to walk and talk. She was the catalyst and is an avid supporter of the riders4helmets campaign.

Courtney continues to fulfill her competitive drive in para-dressage, enjoying becoming the best she can be. Luckily her cognition was completely spared, so even though her body can't do it, her mind can share all of the knowledge she possesses. She is a demanding but compassionate teacher, and enjoys her new role as trainer to take the place of rider. The goal continues to train the horses to be the best they can.

Value $175.00
Minimum Bid $100
E-mail to arrange a lesson to trailer in to Loxahatchee, FL or
Bedford, NY or a video lesson can be arranged