Chenery Chronicler to Share Story of Family, Secretariat

| October 11, 2011

Kate Chenery Tweedy, co-author of “Secretariat’s Meadow: The Land, the Family, the Legend,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 in Memorial Chapel at Sweet Briar College. Her talk follows a free screening of the Disney film “Secretariat” at 9 p.m. Friday in the 1948 Theater.

Tweedy is the daughter of Penny Chenery, owner of the Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Tweedy will share the story of her family and Meadow Farm, the Caroline County, Va., property that her grandfather Chris Chenery restored to a successful thoroughbred breeding and racing stable.

Penny Chenery took over Meadow Farm in the late 1960s. She took significant personal financial risks and overcame gender barriers in the male-dominated thoroughbred racing industry, becoming famous when her three-year-old colt, Secretariat, won the 1973 Triple Crown. Her story was retold when “Secretariat” was released in 2010.

Tweedy will discuss the Disney film and show original footage of Secretariat’s Triple Crown races. The big red thoroughbred is still regarded as one of the greatest racehorses of all time.

Tweedy will answer questions and she and co-author Leanne Ladin will sign copies of the book following the presentation. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, email [email protected] or call (434) 381-6131.


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