Courtney King-Dye's therapy continues

June 22, 2010

Dressage rider Courtney King-Dye says she is aiming to ride again, despite the serious injuries she sustained in a fall in March in which she fractured her skull.

Courtney King-Dye and Mythilus.
King-Dye still does not have full use of her right side, and is finding speech difficult, but she says she is lucky to have her memory and normal brain function. "I am amazed how much the brain does. But I feel very lucky being like my normal self and having my memory; I see a lot who don't have that luxury. I explain that my brain may be terribly screwed up, but my mind is good! I kick butt on anything mental they throw at me, so what if I can't walk; I can think!," she said.

"At first I didn't think I would ride again partly because my neurologist said if I hurt my head again, it will not be 2 times as hard to come back but 5 times; and I can tell you, it's not easy now.

"But the fact is I can't see myself doing anything else."

The FEI's dressage committee issued a recommendation today regarding the wearing of protective headgear, saying that it "strongly recommends that all riders should wear properly fastened safety helmets when training and in pre-competition warm-ups at all international dressage shows."

It also said that "riders still have the choice of wearing protective headgear in the competition arena."