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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The United States Equestrian Federation cut the ribbon on its new headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park Friday morning. WUKY Horse Capital reporter Samantha Lederman has details.

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If you live in Central Kentucky there's a pretty good chance you've spent a day at Keeneland, and you've probably heard the races called by the track announcer, Kurt Becker.  WUKY's Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman recently spent some time getting to know more about what it takes to be the Voice of Keeneland.

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Thousands of horse enthusiasts will again gather at the Kentucky Horse Park this weekend for BreyerFest - a three day extravaganza bringing the model horse world to life. Kids and adults alike can take part in the many workshops, free seminars and shopping, all while meeting some of the horses that inspire the models. Every BreyerFest ticket includes a FREE Limited Edition Breyer figurine, created just for the event.  And as WUKY’s Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman tells us, this year’s guest of honor is a popular fixture of the horse park.

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Racehorses are high performance, high earning athletes, and as such, no stone is left unturned to make sure every minute advantage is capitalised upon. Horses on the back side have their own personal grooms, trainers, massage therapists, chiropracters, blacksmiths, and as WUKY’s Samantha Clark discovered; even dentists.

Footwear is important for any athlete and when it comes to the equine world there's an old adage; "no foot, no horse."  There's a lot that goes into making sure horses are properly equipped.  WUKY's Horse Capital Reporter Samantha Lederman recently paid a visit to the Kentucky Horseshoeing School.

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The Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law will hold it’s fifth annual Symposium Wednesday February 27th. WUKY’s Samantha Lederman has the details.

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The grounds of the Henry Clay estate at Ashland Park are home to over 400 trees representing 44 species. When a black maple on the corner of Sycamore and Richmond Road died in the Spring of 2013, leaving just a stump on the busy intersection, local artist Kiptoo Tarus had an idea. WUKY’s Samantha Lederman has the rest of the story.

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The Kentucky Horse Park is again hosting a prestigious competition this weekend.  WUKY's Samantha Lederman has a preview of the 10th annual USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.

Samantha Lederman

We're all familiar with the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, but there's another Derby about to take place on the other side of the world.  The Mongol Derby is the world's longest and toughest horse race, and Lexington has an entry this year.  WUKY's Samantha Lederman recently spent time with the hopeful.

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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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