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

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.

Samantha Lederman

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.

Samantha Lederman

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.

Samantha Lederman

A U.S. Olympic Event Rider is hoping to bring home the gold aboard an unlikely horse, a Kentucky-bred ex-racehorse named Blackfoot Mystery.  Samantha Lederman has their story.

Michael Caudill

Three weeks ago the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation stepped in to rescue the worst of forty horses abandoned and left to starve on a farm in Mercer County.  Those eight were sent to Blackburn Correctional Facility in Lexington, one of nine such institutions across the country participating in a program with the TRF  that pairs inmates with retired racehorses.  Samantha Lederman recently visited Blackburn and she files this report.

Samantha Lederman

There’s one more place in the downtown area to beat the heat.  A brand new splash pad has been installed near Thoroughbred Park across the street from the Herald Leader building. 

Samantha Lederman

When the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team competes next month in Rio, a husband and wife couple here in Central Kentucky will have played a significant part in their journey.  Samantha Lederman has their story.

Samantha Lederman

The KESMARC world-renowned equine physical rehabilitation center has pioneered many groundbreaking therapies for horses.  Samantha Lederman recently paid the center a visit and sat down with owner and founder Kirsten Johnson.

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