Steffen Peters Fund Raiser for Courtney–USA Olympians, Foreign Riders Join In

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Courtney King Dye and Steffen Peters at the 2008 Olympic Games. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news
Courtney King Dye and Steffen Peters at the 2008 Olympic Games. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 25–A fund raising effort for Courtney King Dye by her Olympic team mate Steffen Peters and top international riders will be held in Wellington on Saturday, April 10.

Steffen is kicking off the effort by pledging a full day of fees for the clinic he is giving at Carol Cohen’s Two Swan Farms beginning at 8 a.m. All auditing fees will also be donated.

Kim and Fred Boyer of Hampton Green Farm will provide lunch for the spectators that begins at 1:30 p.m. Courtney rides the Hampton Green Farm’s stallion, Grandioso III.

U.S. Olympians Robert Dover and Lisa Wilcox and World Championship competitors Oded Shimoni of Israel and Kelly Layne of Australia will be available at lunch for an informal questions and answer session.

GPA is donating for silent auction the latest Speed Air helmet emblazoned with the Stars and Stripes that is exclusive to USA equestrian team members and is not available for sale. The helmet is identical to that worn by Steffen Peters and is U.S. ASTM approved.

In her GPA helmet, Beezie Madden on Authentic winning team gold for USA at 2008 Olympics. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
In her GPA helmet, Beezie Madden on Authentic winning team gold for USA at 2008 Olympics. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The coaching sessions, lunch and the question and answer are open to everyone.

A donation of $30 per person is requested, with all of the money going to Courtney to help meet medical expenses. Training sessions include Katherine Bateson-Chandler, J.J. Tate, John Zopatti and Ilse Schwarz beginning at 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Courtney King Dye, 32, fractured her skull when a horse she was riding slipped under her on Mar. 3. She was hospitalized in a coma in West Palm Beach for three weeks before being flown by air ambulance to The Kessler Institute in West Orange, New Jersey, to undergo rehabilitation close to her home.

Steffen, who lives in San Diego, California, made the offer of donating a day of clinic fees after visiting Courtney in the hospital while he was in Wellington in mid-March for his monthly two-day teaching session.

“It was very emotional to see the condition of my team mate and an incredibly talented rider that I’ve been fortunate enough to help at times,” he said. “This is the least I can do for Courtney and her husband, Jason, as they go through their ordeal.

“It’s important at this time to let Courtney know we’re all standing by her.”

Lunch reservations should be made by emailing ilse@dressage-news.com.