Courtney King-Dye's recovery featured on TV

March 12, 2011

The recovery of US dressage Olympian Courtney King-Dye from a serious head injury has been featured in a television show.

Courtney King Dye during one of her sessions at VTRC, being taped for CBS 12.
King-Dye, who suffered a fractured skull when the horse she was riding fell on March 3, 2010, was in a coma for about a month, and is now undergoing hippotherapy - treatment with the help of horses - in her quest to ride competitively again.

King-Dye has been riding at the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center in Loxahatchee, Florida, helped by Arlene White and Stacey Brown.

The US TV station CBS12 acknowledged the centre's work with King-Dye in a segment on February 25.

Hippotherapy improves neurological function and sensory processing which increases postural strength, range of motion, endurance, ability to concentrate and follow directions, and motivates improved speech and behavior. Vinceremos has worked with King Dye on various exercises that are gradually improving her brain function, muscles and nervous system. Riding is beneficial because the movement between the horse and rider offers added benefits and stimulates the body helping with recovery.

"That energy moving through the horse moves through the person and the rider is allowed to feel normal movement for the first time," said the centre's Executive Director Ruth Menor.

Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center has specially trained horses and staff that help with all sorts of disabilities. Vinceremos provides service to more than 450 people per year with varying emotional and physical disabilities, including at-risk teens.