©Susan J. Sickle

Courtney King-Dye and Idocus have become one of the most successful horse and rider pairs to represent the United States in the discipline of dressage.

Idocus was foaled in the Netherlands and demonstrated his international dressage potential not long after being exported to the United States, when he was champion of his 100-Day Test in 1993 and Grand Champion of Show at the prestigious Dressage at Devon in 1994.

With coaching from former Olympian Lendon Gray, who has been King's mentor over the years, Idocus began living up to his potential with top placings at the Grand Prix level, including a third at the Zwolle International Stallion Show. However, King had to bid the son of Equador adieu when he was sent to the Netherlands to further his breeding career. While there, Idocus competed in two World Cup Finals and the 2004 Athens Olympic Games under Marlies van Baalen.

Upon Idocus' return to America in 2006, King worked hard to reconnect with the sometimes willful stallion. It paid off when they finished sixth in the 2007 World Cup Final in Las Vegas, Nevada. That fall, the newly married equestrian rode "Idy" to top honors in the $25,000 Washington International Horse Show Dressage Invitational.

Idocus' Breyer model

At the start of the 2008 season, King-Dye and Idocus were #1 in the World Cup standings for the North American League. In March, they qualified to represent the United States at the World Cup Final in s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

King-Dye and her mount emerged from the World Cup Grand Prix with the top American score of 70.125%, for seventh place.

King's mounts Idocus and Harmony's Mythilus were among the top finishers in the U.S. Equestrian Team's Olympic selection trials, earning King a team berth and giving Idocus the recognition his talent and training so richly deserved.