Carleigh Fedorka

Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: The Journey Of Retraining Isn’t Always A Straight Line

Four years ago, I was at the top of my game. Fresh off a good sales year, where I had taken three horses and retrained them for their second career, I found myself feeling pretty invincible. They had all been different types. One a fancy Warmblood who just didn’t want to dressage anymore, a massive […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Slow And Steady Wins The Race

Thousands of Thoroughbreds are retired from the racetrack every year. Many go off to the breeding sheds, while others transition rapidly to a sport horse career. I know this because I stand somewhere in the limbo between the two. As a scientist, I study equine reproduction. As a pensioned farm manager, I find myself tracking […]

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Locating A Lost Love: What The Future Holds For One Retired Racehorse

Blogger, researcher, and former farm manager Carleigh Fedorka is deeply immersed in the Thoroughbred racing industry and is an avid proponent of Thoroughbreds in second careers. Having worked hands-on in the foaling, care and sales of hundreds of Thoroughbreds, Fedorka is keenly aware of what a fragile position a horse can be in once it […]

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Former Breeders’ Cup Contenders Thriving In Second Careers

The Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships makes stars out of the horses who run in its races, but not all of them retire to the lush, green pastures of the world’s most coveted breeding farms. Some, mainly geldings, go on to careers off the track as sport horses, using the same athletic abilities, heart and […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Spreading The Word About The ‘Good Guys’

This past weekend, Justify carried the hopes and dreams of millions around the Belmont oval and across the finish line to become racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner. In the minutes and hours after the race, social media lit up with everything from well-wishes and jubilation to conspiracy theories, comparisons and criticisms. As so often happens […]

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Opinion: Aftercare Responsibility Doesn’t Begin And End With Breeders

Blogger Carleigh Fedorka is deeply immersed in the Thoroughbred racing industry, having worked and lived on multiple Thoroughbred breeding farms. She has had hands-on experience in the foaling, care and sales of hundreds of horses and also in the retraining of retired racehorses for second careers. In her piece “Blame the Breeder,” Carleigh focuses on […]

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Stallion Shuttling: Questions Answered

With the recent news of stallions California Chrome and American Pharoah shuttling to Chile and Australia respectively, there is once again renewed interest – and push back – from fans on social media concerned about the Champion horses’ well-being. As writer Carleigh Fedorka wrote in her popular “A Yankee in Paris” blog this week, the […]

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A New Life For Graded Stakes Winner Marilyn’s Guy

When former Chesapeake staff member Carleigh Fedorka watched Marilyn’s Guy cruise home to a 13-3/4 length win in his career debut, she had no idea that one day, after winning stakes and graded stakes, he would be her riding horse. Fedorka helped the Marilyn’s Guy rehabilitate through an injury soon after his first start and […]

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Steady Eddie Proves It’s Not Always About The Money

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 either. Sun up to sundown the work is hard, demanding, and it never ends. And that is just during daylight. Once dusk settles, the real labor begins. The mares […]

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Fedorka: For The Love Of The Horse

I got the text message Monday afternoon. I had known about the neglect case for quite some time, and my good friend Carrie Gilbert had been in the thick of it for months. A horse named Silver Cliff that she had rehomed for a friend was located at the farm, and was in bad shape. For […]

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