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American Dressage Star Courtney King-Dye Injured in Riding Accident

The 2008 Olympic rider is in the hospital after suffering serious head trauma.


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Courtney King-Dye and Harmony's Mythilus
Courtney King-Dye and Harmony's Mythilus at the 2008 Olympics. Photo: CLiX/Shawn Hamilton
Courtney King-Dye, one of America's top dressage riders, is in the hospital undergoing treatment for a skull fracture. According to reports, Dye was knocked unconscious when a young horse she was schooling slipped, causing her to fall.

Dye's training operation is based in Millbrook, New York, but like many riders spends the winter season in Florida. She is currently being treated in the intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital in North Palm Beach where she is under sedation but said to be in stable condition. Dye's longtime coach and friend, Lendon Gray, reports that her condition is improving.

The Palm Beach Dressage Derby has launched a Courtney King Dye Medical Assistance Fund to help offset some of the medical expenses, starting with a donation from the VIP International Club.

Dye suffered tremendous loss just a few months ago when her star Grand Prix mount and Olympic partner, Mythilus, was euthanized due to inoperable colic.

At age 32, Courtney King-Dye has already worked her way to the top of the dressage rankings. She has worked for and trained with other legends of the sport including Lendon Gray, Conrad Schumacher and her 2008 Olympic teammate, Steffen Peters. With Mythilus and her other Grand Prix star, Idocus, Dye made a name for herself in the top tier of dressage competition.

Fans can leave their well-wishes on Dye's Facebook page.

UPDATE 3/9/10 9:00am EST

Anyone wishing to donate to the Medical Assistance Fund can make checks payable to:

Courtney King-Dye
c/o Lendon Gray 
25 Lake Ave.
Bedford, NY 10506

In light of this accident, Grand Prix dressage rider Heather Blitz has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of helmet use for riders of all disciplines. Read more on Blitz's website.

UPDATE 3/8/10 12:00pm EST

Dye's husband, Jason, has posted contact information on Courtney's website for anyone wishing to send cards or messages. At this time, she remains in a coma, but in stable condition.

Courtney Dye
2442 Muir Circle
Wellington, FL 33414

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Orville    Loveland, CO

5/5/2012 10:18:13 PM

courtney-king-dye has done a lot for the equine industry, not to mention representing the United States of America in a positive light in the Olympics. We wish courtney and her loved ones all of God's blessings.

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Rach    Midwest, IL

4/13/2012 5:26:50 AM

Wishing you success as you master this new horse, GOOD LUCK! I watched ur video, u look great!

Sharise    Winfield, CO

8/5/2011 9:22:30 AM

I agree that the tradition of the top hat is a classy one, dressage at that level wouldn't be the same without the tradition... however there is absolutely zero excuse for a helmet not to be worn during training. ever. no matter who you are.

Jane    Newton, NJ

2/26/2011 7:27:04 PM

Those who compete in Saddle Seat also wear a traditional derby; and after 5pm might be attired in top hat, tails, etc. These fashions don't provide any safety at all. Can their be protection
and still stay with tradition?

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