Carleigh Fedorka

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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Nearness To Greatness: A Family Farm’s Derby Weekend Trifecta

It’s like witnessing the Northern Light’s while sitting in the southern hemisphere. Or experiencing the perfect day, followed by a spectacular sunset. Like the most amazing vacation, only to find out that it’s fully paid for. It just doesn’t happen. But it is happening this weekend. The stars are aligning. There is a horse in […]

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Defending An Industry That Won’t Defend Itself

I’m tired. There is this feeling of worthlessness that enters my body every time I sign on to the Internet, every time that I click open on the comments section of one of my blogs, every time I go home to Meadville, Pa., and I’m barraged by questions about the industry that I love so […]

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A Voice From The Farm: Why American Pharoah’s Victory ‘Meant So Much’

American Pharoah spent his formative months in my backyard. My boyfriend and I live on the property where he was raised from a young foal to a weanling, although now the farm is under new ownership. A good friend of mine was the photographer who snapped the foal picture that everyone has shared on Facebook. And […]

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Former Yearling Manager to OTTB Rescues: Breeders Aren’t Who You Think

In an open letter to horse rescues and off-track Thoroughbred advocates, blogger Carleigh Fedorka reminded aftercare workers not to paint all Thoroughbred breeders and farm workers with the same brush. Fedorka is a former yearling manager at Hinkle Farms in central Kentucky, and owns an OTTB.  She is currently a doctoral student at UK with the Gluck Equine […]

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