The North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center will host their third annual Mane Event Benefit Dinner at the Hope Valley Country Club on Friday, October 14th from 5:30 - 9:30. This year's benefit focuses on the extraordinary impact of horses in the lives of two women: Olympian Courtney King-Dye and local Author Shannon Woolfe, who will be featured speakers. The benefit will include a dinner/reception, silent auction, champagne toast and cash bar. Our silent auction is a wonderful opportunity to finish up your Christmas shopping early while benefiting a great organization. Items include artwork, weekend stay at a mountain house, jewelry, and equine items.
Courtney King-Dye, 33, is an international dressage trainer and competitor. She represented the US in the 2007 World Cup in Los Angeles, the 2008 World Cup in the Netherlands, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Dressage announcer Brian O’Connor dubbed her “the Tiger Woods of dressage” in recognition of her extraordinary number of wins at a young age. In March 2010, a horse that Courtney was riding tripped and fell. Courtney suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, and spent four weeks in a coma, followed by three months of inpatient rehabilitation relearning how to walk and talk. Courtney has employed many different therapies to encourage her recovery, but one of her favorites has been hippotherapy. A year after her accident, Courtney continues to participate in hippotherapy sessions, with a goal of 100% recovery and a return to international competition.
Shannon Woolfe comes from a long line of professional horsepeople. She is the daughter of race horse trainer and artist Sandy Glynn and photographer and author Raymond G. Woolfe, Jr., who wrote Secretariat, a bestselling book of the 1970s. Shannon is currently seeking publication, with the assistance of a literary agent, of her memoir My Mother Jumping – a story of growing up in the elegant and often dangerous Eastern Seaboard horse world from Florida to the Carolinas, Connecticut, and New York. In the book, she follows her family’s story and honors their work with horses. Though Shannon grew up with loving grandparents, she likens herself to Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli, and rightly so. For as a kid, with not many clues to the freedoms bestowed her, she had to make sense of her steeplechasing, playboy father and her beautiful mother, who as a young divorced woman set off alone, leaving her daughter behind, in order to make a living and to live life on her own terms; she became one of the first women to challenge the most masculine world of horse racing by becoming a licensed NYRA trainer in 1975.
For more information on tickets or if you have items to donate to the silent auction - Visit the NCTRC Website.