Grass Valley horseman collapses at Kentucky event |

Grass Valley horseman collapses at Kentucky event

Grass Valley horseman Eitan Beth-Halachmy collapsed during the World Equestrian Games Saturday night in Kentucky.

Beth-Halachmy slumped off his horse during the opening ceremonies of the event, and was listed as critical Sunday afternoon at Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Ky., said Bonnie Glasgow, spokeswoman for the family.

The incident was potentially triggered by a heart condition, and the fall damaged his spleen, which doctors removed, placing Beth-Halachmy in a medically induced coma, she said.

The spleen damage was complicated by medication he was on from a previous multi-bypass surgery, she added.

Beth-Halachmy was taken into surgery again Monday morning to assess internal bleeding.

“The doctor reported that things look good … We were told after surgery that Eitan is no longer at immediate risk for his life,” Glasgow wrote on the website

As of Monday afternoon Beth-Halachmy was still on a ventilator, Glasgow said.

“He is expected to make a full recovery,” she said.

Beth-Halachmy’s website,, details the unique riding style that has garnered him international attention, Glasgow said.

“He’s just an excellent, fabulous, talented rider,” she said.

To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail or call (530) 477-4237.

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