Horse Capital

Veteran reporter Samantha Lederman's beat is all things equine - from trail riding to top-level competition and everything in between.

Samantha's reports provide a vital window into Lexington's reputation as the "Horse Capital of the World."

Samantha Lederman

Rosie Napravnik broke numerous records as a jockey; including becoming the only female to win the Kentucky Oaks, not once but twice, and the only female jockey to win two Breeders' Cup Races.  She did this while amassing more than $17M in purse money over her racing career.  Now that she's retired, Napravnik talks to Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman about her return to her roots as an eventing rider.

Samantha Lederman

A giant tribute to a horse racing legend now graces the side of a building in downtown Lexington.  91.3 WUKY's Samantha Lederman was on hand for the special dedication.

If you plan to be downtown for Thursday Night Live or next week's Fourth of July Parade be sure to look for Lexington's Mounted Police Patrol.  As WUKY's Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman explains a lot of time and energy goes into training these horses and riders.

Next Year It Won't Be Referred To As The Rolex

Jun 1, 2017
Samantha Lederman

A popular sporting event held every spring at the Kentucky Horse Park will have to find a new title sponsor.  Rolex is dropping it’s 36 year arrangement with the 3 Day Equestrian competition.

Samantha Lederman

Thursday marks the start of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at The Kentucky Horse Park; North America’s only four star competition where the best horses and riders in the world face off at the highest level of the sport for the richest prize in three day eventing.  German rider Michael Jung is trying to win for a third consecutive year, but as Samantha Lederman reports a promising young American rider is hoping to pull off the upset.

Keeneland Announces Change To Book 1 Program

Apr 12, 2017
Keeneland.com

Keeneland, the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house, on Wednesday introduced enhancements to its September Yearling Sale, to be held Sept. 11-23.

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.

Samantha Lederman

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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