Update: Courtney King-Dye Airlifted to New Jersey for Rehab

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Courtney King Dye and Viva, husband Jason in background. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Courtney King Dye and Viva, husband Jason in background. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WEST ORANGE, New Jersey, Mar. 25–Courtney King-Dye was flown by air ambulance to The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey on Thursday.

The flight was uneventful and, Lendon Gray reported, Courtney settled in her newest home at Kessler. “The staff there has been wonderful, showing a kindness and professionalism that bodes well for the future.”

Lendon said The Kessler Institute is highly regarded and is near her northern home and a large support group.

“Even better they are open to having her dogs and even a horse visit!” Lendon said.

“This is the beginning of a long road of rehab although no one can tell us how long or how difficult that road will be.”

Lendon said that cards and letters can be sent to The Kessler Institute at 1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052. Visitors will still be extremely restricted but a schedule will be created in the future. Anyone wanting to visit should email Lendon at graydressage@optonline.net.

“Courtney’s family is extremely grateful for the outpouring of love shown through cards and email — comebackcourt@gmail.com. I have received such amazing support through my Facebook page and want everyone to know that Betsy Tyler, Jen Baumert, Courtney’s parents, brothers, and sister have joined Jason (her husband) at her side daily. There is a friendly face with her 24 hours a day.”

Many people have helped with the finances. While insurance will cover most of her medical bills at this time, the generosity of others is helping with the initial Trauma Hawk flight and the air ambulance to New Jersey, essential medical extras, as well as some regular expenses such as mortgage, car payments, etc.

“We will make sure Courtney is always taken care of,” she said, “but we appreciate those who are offering to help. There are various fundraising efforts: the first was done by Charlotte Page and Brendan and Kaitlyn Tota. These children sold carrots and apples during the Palm Beach Dressage Derby right after Courtney’s accident. Upcoming activities include a clinic that Stefan Peters is donating, an online auction of a Patricia Powers painting donated by Tami Hoag – http://greydun.com/index.html – as well as a Succeed sponsored online ebay auction.”

Donations should be made to the Courtney King Dye Trust, % Equine Business Institute, PO Box 286, S. Deerfield, MA 01373.

Courtney’s horses are being cared for by her regular staff and Jenn Marchand, her long time assistant, is currently working them. They will be going north to her summer home in New York in a couple of weeks. All owners have decided to keep the horses fit and ready for Courtney’s return.