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

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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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.

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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.

Samantha Lederman

Keeneland's Fall Meet starts on Friday and our own Samantha Lederman has the details of what to expect and how to make the most of it.

Samantha Lederman

The Fourth Annual Battle in the Saddle takes place this Friday evening at the Kentucky Horse Park, and if you’ve ever wondered how some of our local celebrities might fare on horseback, here’s your chance to find out. Our own Samantha Lederman attended the rehearsal to bring us this report.

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The Keeneland September Yearling Sale is winding down and as usual there have been several hopefuls from larger horse farms fetching princely sums.  But there are also small scale buyers and sellers looking for bargains and big paydays.  WUKY's Samantha Lederman has their story.

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WUKY's Samantha Lederman continues to follow the saga surrounding 43 abandoned horses from a farm in Mercer County, particularly those rescued and rehabilitating at the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington.  On Friday August 26 the last load of horses left the farm in question where the hope is that they'll all eventually find new homes.  However, the when and how of that happening may still take time to sort out.

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Have you ever wiggled your toes in the sand on that beach vacation and wished it could last forever? For Team Sandtastic life literally is a beach, and this week they brought their craft to the Kentucky Horse Park to build sand sculptures that will be incorporated into the course of the USHJA Hunter Derby Final in the Rolex Arena on Saturday night. Samantha Lederman has more details.

Samantha Lederman

After successfully auctioning off a breakfast with Zenyatta, the Central Kentucky YMCA recently raised funds again by awarding a lunch at the Woodford County farm and a personal photo session with American Pharoah to the highest bidder.   The winners came all the way from Texas to claim their prize.  Samantha Lederman has their story.

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