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."

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What happens to racehorses once their careers on the track are over?  Thoroughbred Aftercare is gaining more and more exposure, with Justify's connections committing a portion of their Triple Crown proceeds to the cause.  As Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman explains, the biggest showcase of all for off the track thoroughbreds is right here in Lexington every Fall.  In fact a bonafide second act celebrity will be a guest of honor this weekend at Breyerfest at the Kentucky Horse Park.

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The United States Equestrian Federation broke ground at the Kentucky Horse Park Friday for a brand new headquarters.  WUKY's Samantha Lederman was on hand and filed this report.

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WUKY Horse Capital reporter Samantha Lederman recently took her daughter on an organized tour to see Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome and discovered a whole new cottage industry celebrating Central Kentucky's equine excellence.  The approach is not unlike the highly successful Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

If you were a golfer you’d jump at a chance to attend a clinic with the likes of Rory McElroy or Jason Day.  Or maybe a quarterback camp with Tom Brady?  Well, recently some aspiring equestrians from all over the country came to the Kentucky Horse Park to get invaluable tips from a bona fide superstar, Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain.  WUKY’s Samantha Lederman has the story.

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The Eclipse Awards, horse racing's version of the Oscars, will be handed out Thursday night at Florida's Gulfstream Park, and as Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman explains, there's a local contender for Horse of the Year honors.

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The Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale gets underway Monday and our Horse Capital reporter Samantha Lederman has this preview.  She talks with Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Farms about his expectations for the annual event.

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It’s hard to imagine that with Thanksgiving in our rearview mirror already, there are people in Puerto Rico still without power and running water, struggling to recover from the after effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria that devastated the region back in September. WUKY’s Samantha Lederman has a special update on how the horse industry in Central Kentucky has been helping out.

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Dressage - the ballet of horse sports, is often perceived as a little serious, perhaps even a tad stuffy.  It definitely is the more reserved of the three Olympic equestrian disciplines.  But last weekend at the National Dressage Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park, there was a new "sheriff" in town.  WUKY's Samantha Lederman has the story.

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Every November since 2011 horse show enthusiasts from all over the world have flocked to Lexington for the National Horse Show; one of the last major equestrian events of the calendar year.  Horse Capital reporter Samantha Lederman went behind the scenes at the Kentucky Horse Park for this audio diary.

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With its picturesque views steep tradition and hospitality it’s little wonder people across the region look forward to spending an afternoon at Keeneland, especially during the fall race meeting.   Recently ten area children and their families did just that.  Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman introduces us to some of the participants of the track’s 10th annual Make-A-Wish Day.

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