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."

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.

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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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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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