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Sep 27, 2010 6:14 PM by Jeff Allen, Reporter

Rider Injured At Equestrian Games Improving

Eitan Beth-Halachmy continues to recover at UK hospital, where his daughter tells LEX 18 he had another surgery Monday, his second in just two days.

The world was watching Saturday night as Beth-Halachmy performed in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games opening ceremonies.

"It was just the highlight of his career. It was something he was so excited about, and so looking forward to," said his daughter Sharon Beth-Halachmy.

But the moment quickly took a devastating turn, when his daughter says some sort of cardiac related problem caused him to lose consciousness and fall off his horse as he was leaving the outdoor arena. Doctors had to remove his spleen, and with a history of heart problems, internal bleeding was a major concern.

Beth-Halachmy is world renowned in the art of cowboy dressage, and was set to teach and perform at the games. But even though his time in the spotlight was cut short, his daughter says she is grateful for all the support.

"Tremendous love and support from the community here, and the community all over the world, and it's helped a lot."

Doctors at UK Hospital are now looking into exactly what caused Eitan Beth-Halachmy to lose consciousness, which caused him to fall off his horse. But at this point, his daughter feels like he is going to pull through this.

You can find more information on Eitan Beth-Halachmy at www.cowboydressage.com.

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