Mike Plumb Recovering From Fall

Jun 1, 2022 - 4:53 PM
Mike Plumb, pictured competing Donnybrook’s Dudley Street Station at 72. Julia Reynolds/Brant Gamma Photo

Eight-time Olympic eventer J. Michael Plumb is recovering in the hospital after falling while mounting a horse at his home in Southern Pines, North Carolina, on May 26.

Plumb, 82, incurred a fractured femur that required surgery. Prior to surgery, his doctors determined he’d need a pacemaker. He underwent surgery for the pacemaker on May 27 and had surgery to repair the femur on May 28.

“He’s doing great,” said Susan Beebee, partner to Plumb’s son Charlie Plumb. “It’s obviously going to be a bit of a road to get from all the different things that have happened in the last seven days to getting back to mobility, but he’s in good spirits. He’s his normal cantankerous self, which is great, and it’s just going to be day by day. This week has been a war, but he’s gotten through the toughest part, and now he’s on to the next chapter, which is starting to do PT.”

Beebee said that while Mike doesn’t compete anymore, he still rides and coaches.

“He is in the ring at 7 a.m.,” she said. “He’s out there teaching and riding, and he drags his ring every afternoon.”

 

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