Samantha Lederman

Equine Reporter

Listeners might remember Lederman and her English accent from when she was a morning news anchor on WUKY from 1999 to 2001.

Lederman produces multi-platform horse-related news and feature stories. She also serves as a substitute host for the station’s local broadcasts of NPR’s "All Things Considered."

Samantha Lederman

For years free roaming horses have galloped across hundreds of acres of abandoned strip mine lands in Eastern Kentucky.  But while some see their presence as an expensive nuisance, others recognize an opportunity for agri-tourism and a way to further diversify an overly coal-dependent regional economy.  Samantha Lederman reports on efforts to build the Appalachian Horse Center.

Samantha Lederman

Kentucky may be the Horse Capitol Of The World, but breaking in to the Thoroughbred Industry is not the easiest thing to do.  WUKY's Samantha Lederman reports on the Godolphin Flying Start Programme, a two year course that helps its graduates do exactly that.

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Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon has released a damning report today on his special examination of the The Kentucky Horse Park.

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For over 35 years Central Kentucky Riding For Hope has operated out of the Kentucky Horse Park, graduating from an old tobacco barn to its current full-service facility.  Under its umbrella of horse therapy CKRH serves an enormous slice of the Central Kentucky area with a multitude of options.  WUKY's Samantha Lederman recently spent an afternoon there to learn more.

Samantha Lederman

When it opened to the public in 1978 the Kentucky Horse Park was billed as the only venue of its kind dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  Critics of the $28M project called it a "White Elephant" that would never be anything more than a costly government experiment.  But over time, with several major investments, the horse park has become an important part of the state’s economy and a lasting symbol of Kentucky's identification as the horse capital of the world.  Now close to forty years later the people who run the park are turning their attention to the future with several visioning sessions.  Samantha Lederman attended one such meeting earlier this week and she files this report.

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Kentucky is pulling out of the competition to host the 2022 World Equestrian Games.  Gov. Matt Bevin's administration said Friday that the Kentucky Horse Park Commission voted to withdraw from consideration.  The Horse Park, a popular attraction in Lexington, hosted the games in 2010.

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Hear an update on a story WUKY has been following involving 43 horses that were abandoned in Mercer County earlier this summer. The court case involving one of the owners has been resolved while another individual will more than likely never face charges in a Kentucky courtroom because animal cruelty is a misdemeanor in the Commonwealth.

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For Valerie Ashker, promoting ex-racehorses as a breed and finding second careers for them after their life on the track is over has literally become a crusade. 91.3 WUKY’s Samantha Lederman met her in downtown Cincinnati as she rides two of her Off the Track Thoroughbreds across the US to prove their strength, courage and endurance.

Samantha Lederman

Athletes of all stripes have benefited recently from the introduction of concussion protocols for their respective sports.  As Samantha Lederman reports, researchers at the University of Kentucky are now working with Keeneland and other thoroughbred interests to better protect the neurological health of jockeys.

Horse-drawn carriages can often be associated with romance and a longing for a bygone era.  After all, what could be a more relaxing way to take in the sights than behind a couple of horses trotting up street and down alley?  But as Samantha Lederman reports horse drawn carriages, more specifically carriage driving is a mainstay in equestrian competition.

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