The performer who fell ill at the opening ceremonies of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on Saturday night was world-renowned equestrian Eitan Beth-Halachmy.
His condition late Sunday evening was listed as critical, according to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
A family spokesperson said that he was in intensive care and that more information should be available for fans later on the Web site Caringbridge.org. Known for his cowboy dressage, Beth-Halachmy slumped off his horse, Santa Fe Renegade, as they left the outdoor arena Saturday night. Medical personnel performed CPR as he lay on the ground.
The spokesperson said the horse was unhurt.
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In addition to the opening ceremonies, Beth-Halachmy had been scheduled to teach and perform at the Equine Village later this week.
From his Wolf Creek Ranch in Grass Valley, Calif., Beth-Halachmy raises and trains horses in his cowboy dressage school of horsemanship, which combines Western and classical methods.
Mayor, cab companies meet
Mayor Jim Newberry met with officials of Lexington's three cab companies Sunday after receiving what his office described as "several" complaints about overcharging by taxi drivers since the start of the Games.
Newberry said afterward that the cab company officials promised to work with the city to make sure their drivers don't overcharge visitors attending the 16-day event, which started Saturday.
The mayor said he called the meeting because "it was important to ensure the rates being charged are fair in order to protect visitors" attending the games at the Kentucky Hose Park. "The companies shared our concern and said that they would work with us," Newberry said.
Newberry met with Don Daugherty, representing Yellow Cab; Greg Kujawski, representing Mr. Taxi; and Will McGinnis of Lex Taxi.
Yellow Cab has about 200 taxis operating in Lexington. Mr. Taxi operates about 50 cabs and Lex Taxi has 10.
Newberry's press secretary, Susan Straub, said that the cab officials plan to talk with their drivers about the matter and that the city will continue monitoring to see whether there are any more complaints.
The three Lexington cab companies recently proposed a set of uniform rates for all trips between the Horse Park and some 67 hotels, motels and similar facilities in Fayette County. The schedule of rates range from $35 to $80 depending on the distance from the lodging facility to the Horse Park.
For all other trips, cab companies are sticking to their normal rates, which are on file with the city.
Special tents for some
For endurance spectators there were three levels of comfort: dusty field, sheltered VIP area or, for very special guests, posh tents with catered lunches.
The United Arab Emirates, under the banner of endurance competition sponsor Meydan racecourse, offered its invitees chandeliers, sofas and a prayer room. There was even a television area where Emirate media broadcast live interviews with spectators and competitors for the fans back home.
The Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation and Al Shaqab, a member of the Qatar Foundation, also had special tents for guests, right along the vet check area of the endurance field.
And it wasn't only fans who got a break from the wind: while other teams rested in folding chairs under tents beside their horses during mandatory waits, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and his sons retired to tented comfort.
Attendance Sunday for the team reining and endurance competitions was 12,259, according to World Equestrian Games officials. Kentucky college students could get in free with student IDs, and many came out to tour the pavilions and get into competitions free. The attendance Saturday, for the reining competition and the evening's opening ceremony, was 23,081.
■ The best-conditioned endurance horse, a coveted award among riders, will be judged at 9 a.m. Monday at Walnut Arena, near the old covered arena. the medal ceremony for the endurance competition will be at 10:30 a.m. in the main arena during a break in dressage competition.
■ From LexTran's Twitter feed: "As of 7:18pm, day 2 WEG ridership is even higher than day 1! 2,334 passengers transported to the Games today via Lextran!"