FEI honours injured dressage rider Courtney King Dye

By: Horse Deals

FEI honours injured dressage rider Courtney King Dye
FEI honours injured dressage rider Courtney King Dye

USA Olympic dressage team member Courtney King-Dye, who was suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent time in a coma after a riding accident in 2010, was among equestrians honoured by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) at their annual awards ceremony.

Courtney, who was not wearing protective headwear when a horse she was schooling slipped and fell fractured her skull in the fall, spent three months in hospital re-learning how to walk and talk and is still undergoing rehabilitation therapy.

Courtney qualified for the US Paralympic Team Selection trials for London 2012, but decided to wait and now aims to qualify for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014.She advocates educating equestrians on the benefits of wearing helmets through the Riders4Helmets campaign


HRH Princess Haya, president of the FEI, said: "The FEI Awards were launched in 2009 to show the world what extraordinary people there are in the equestrian community and to reward them with public recognition of their work.

"This year's winners have demonstrated talent, commitment, generosity and courage and we are extremely proud of them."

The winners of the FEI Awards 2012 are:

Michael Jung (GER)Reem Acra Best Athlete Award

Thomas McDermott (AUS)HSBC Rising Star Award

Shumbashaba-Horses Helping People: Sharon Boyce (RSA)Development Award

Celia Rijntjes (NED)Best Groom Award

Courtney King-Dye (USA)Against All Odds Award

For more information visit www.feiawards.org.