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

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.

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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.

Samantha Lederman

A central Kentucky-based research facility will play a vital role in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio.  Samantha Lederman recently paid a visit to the Kentucky Equine Research Center.

VisitLex rates the Kentucky Horse Park as the number one tourist destination in the Bluegrass region but as Samantha Lederman reports the park is also home to some aspiring riders hoping to capture gold in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

Hopes Remain High For Long-Running Equine Event

May 19, 2016
Samantha Lederman

The Keeneland Spring Meet, the Rolex Three Day Event and The Kentucky Derby may all be over, but there’s still an important Spring tradition to enjoy in the Bluegrass and it takes place this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park.  Samantha Lederman previews the 48th annual High Hope Steeplechase.

In Depth: She's There When Complications Arise

May 12, 2016
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Spring is a busy time on horse farms across the bluegrass especially where mares and foals are concerned.  Samantha Lederman introduces us to a medical professional who is often on hand when things don't go according to plan.

Derby Eve Bash Moves To Distillery District This Year

May 6, 2016
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If you’re looking for a Derby Eve Party in support of a good cause right here in Lexington, Samantha Lederman has just the thing for you.

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