US Dressage Olympian suffers a skull fracture

Published 03-09-2010 6:21 PM

US Dressage Olympian Courtney King-Dye fell from her horse on March 5th and fractured her skull. She was schooling a horse prior to competition and was not wearing a helmet. Her horse slipped from under her, falling and causing her to fall. She was not wearing a helmet. She remains in coma today.

This accident has prompted many elite dressage riders to reconsider and even advocate wearing helmets, including Heather Blitz, a Grand Prix rider, trainer and clinician.

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FEI, USEF and USDF rules indicate that riders are allowed to wear helmets even in high levels of competition.

Accidents don't happen only in eventing and jumping. Serious accidents can happen even when we are doing flat work.

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