Shirt Sales Benefit Injured U.S. Olympic Equestrian

As Courtney King-Dye, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Dressage Team, remains in a coma in a Florida hospital after suffering a serious head injury earlier this month, an award winning New York fashion designer and two California equine photographers hope that sales of a t-shirt honoring Courtney will help with the mounting expenses associated with her medical care.

The black-on-white silkscreened t-shirt for women and men, designed by indie designer and horse lover Elektra, features a photograph of Courtney by nationally recognized equine photographer Terri Miller and the words “ComeBackCourt,” a slogan created by Courtney’s husband, Jason Dye. It is available at Etsy.com for $30 and 100% of the profits will go to a fund organized to help pay Courtney’s medical expenses. Equine photographer and amateur dressage competitor Sheryl L. Ross originated the project and brought Elektra and Miller together for the effort.

“I’m like a lot of people in the horse world when you hear of someone at Courtney’s level being so seriously injured in the sport we all love,” said Ross. “Your first thought is, ‘If it could happen to her, it could happen to me.’ Your second thought is, ‘I wonder what can I do to help?’ Here’s our answer: Buy one of these beautiful shirts for yourself, and then buy one for everyone you know. Every dollar of profit will benefit Courtney and her family.”

Courtney’s husband, Jason Dye, said of the fundraising effort, “I am continually amazed by the outpouring of support from all over the world. Courtney would love and appreciate that the dressage community is pulling for her.”

Listen to a special audio update on Courtney King-Dye's condition by her good friend and trainer Lendon Gray on The Dressage Radio Show.
 

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