King-Dye Receives 2012 FEI ‘Against All Odds Award’

King-Dye suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2010 when a horse she was riding tripped and fell.
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The helmet awareness campaign Riders4Helmets has announced that 2008 Olympian and traumatic brain injury survivor Courtney King-Dye has been named the recipient of the 2012 Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Against All Odds Award.

"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," said HRH Princess Haya, FEI President. "This year’s winners have demonstrated talent, commitment, generosity and courage and we are extremely proud of them."

King-Dye suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2010 after a horse she was riding tripped and fell, putting her in a coma for four weeks. King-Dye, who was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, has endured intensive rehabilitation therapy over the past two and a half years and still suffers coordination and speech difficulties.

"I normally don’t care much about awards or prizes, but this one was very meaningful because it’s done through nominations," said King-Dye. "Anyone can make a nomination and just the fact that people thought of me means my accident affected people, gives it value. The fact that my accident brought such attention to safety, particularly helmet use, gives it a purpose. I wouldn’t do it again mind you, but if it saves one life, it makes it seem worthwhile

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