Author:

Carleigh Fedorka


Carleigh Fedorka is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center. A Pennsylvania native, she moved to Kentucky after graduating from St. Lawrence University and has worked closely in all aspects of the thoroughbred industry. She spends her free time eventing as well as training, selling, and rehoming OTTBs. Read more about her horse life at her blog, A Yankee in Paris.

Eventing

Full of Firsts

I walked to the start box today and stared down at my horse’s neck, trying to calm my nerves and relax my core. His black…

2 months ago

Eventing

Worth Her Weight In Gold

I can remember moving to Lexington, KY a decade ago and thinking: “Now. Now is when I finally learn to ride.” I grew up in…

2 months ago

Eventing

My Two Left Feet

I strive for perfection… But I own horses. There is a duality in this lifestyle that is so hard for people like me. And by…

2 months ago

Eventing

Big Horse, Little Human

I have a big horse. Heck, he’s not just a big horse, he’s one of the tallest thoroughbreds I have had the pleasure to work…

3 months ago

Life

Stuck in the Rat Race

I remember being 16 years old and feeling the tears streaming down my face. I remember walking off the cross country course with my head…

4 months ago

Breeding

The Stallion Shuttle Show

Social media is a frenzy of opinions, from politics to ponies, and everything in between. But one abnormal topic recently caught fire in the frenzy…

4 months ago

Life

Riding High, Crashing Hard

A month ago I wrote about my struggle setting goals, and how for the first time in a long time I was forcing myself to. I…

4 months ago

OTTB

The Thoroughbred Cycle

I was once told I was anti-racing. That because I was a part of the second career movement I obviously didn’t respect the first, and…

5 months ago

Life

The Dirty Life of a Clipper

“How much will it cost if you do the whole thing?” “About $150. I’m just doing this to pay my way through grad school.” “Uh-huh.…

5 months ago

OTTB

More Leg. More Cowbell. Rock On.

“What do we need?” “MORE COWBELL!” These are the words that echo in my mind each time I ride Nixon when he’s in one of…

5 months ago

Life

The Struggle Bus

In most aspects of life I am an extremely goal oriented person. I am as competitive as they come, constantly striving to better myself. I…

5 months ago

Life

The Vicious Cycle

One of my students came up to me a few weeks ago and started listing her goals for the season. Being a goal oriented person…

6 months ago

Horsemanship

Humble Pie

I woke up at 6am this morning and refused to leave my bed. It was a bitter 8 degrees outside in Lexington so instead I…

7 months ago

Eventing

An Equestrian Christmas Miracle

Today, I am a confident rider because of a thoroughbred stallion named Empire Maker. I learned to love thoroughbred sport horses again because of Empire…

7 months ago

Breeding

The Best Useless Colt Ever

The life of a broodmare manager is not a glamorous one, which means that the life of the significant other to a broodmare manager isn’t…

7 months ago