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A native of Denver, Colorado, Kate Chenery Tweedy is the daughter of Secretariat’s owner-manager Penny Chenery, and granddaughter of his breeder, Christopher Chenery. She grew up visiting her grandfather’s Virginia farm, The Meadow, and watching his Thoroughbreds race at the major tracks of the northeast. In 1973, as a college student, she was at her mother’s side when Secretariat demolished the field in the Belmont Stakes and captured the Triple Crown. That same year her grandfather died and Secretariat’s success changed her family—and herself—in fundamental ways.

She took a BA at University of Texas, Austin and then a JD from University of California, Berkeley, where she practiced law for a decade. In 1991, when she moved her young family back to Denver, she shifted her focus to teaching and writing. Her varied jobs have included editing books, magazines and legal briefs as well as teaching skiing, legal writing, Spanish, and English as a Second Language.

This is her third book as co-author. The first, under her former married name of McGrath, was Trademark: Legal Care for Your Business or Product Name (Nolo Press, 1992) with Steve Elias. Her second book, The Delicate Balance, traced the spiritual odyssey of co-author Gina Fenske (Trianthus House, 2000). She and her husband, Jerry Nelson, live in Centennnial, Colorado.

For the last decade, she has accompanied her mother, Penny Chenery, to racing events all over the country. Kate and Penny both consulted on the Disney script for the 2010 movie, Secretariat and were extras in the Belmont scene. These days Kate enjoys speaking about her mother, grandfather, and their magnificent horse to audiences nationwide. Her speaking engagements have included:

  • Banner Lecture at the Virginia Historical Society before 800 attendees, Richmond, VA
  • Harvard Club Author’s Series in Boston, MA
  • Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser in Portland, OR
  • Mary Baldwin College, Fredericksburg, VA

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Leeanne Meadows Ladin has been writing and riding horses all her life. She has been deeply involved with The Meadow for several years and is now Secretariat Tourism Manager.  As resident author/historian, she conducts narrated tours of the historic farm. She also coordinates the annual Secretariat birthday celebration, the Salute to Secretariat at the State Fair of Virginia and other special events. She worked to obtain national and state historic designations for Secretariat’s birthplace. Leeanne’s duties also include taking care of Groundshaker, the great-great granddaughter of Secretariat given to the Meadow by Penny Chenery.

Leeanne is an engaging speaker who blends her passion for the topic of The Meadow and Secretariat with an encyclopedic recall of their respective histories.  She has served as keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Virginia Horse Council has spoken at such prestigious venues as:

  • The National Sporting Library in Middleburg, VA
  • The Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville
  • The Library of Virginia in Richmond
  • The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
  • The Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY

To schedule a tour or a talk, contact Leeanne at  Also see


Publisher Wayne Dementi is president and photographer of Dementi Milestone Publishing, whose company has released over 30 titles since its inception in 2004.  The company specializes in pictorial histories which celebrate the Richmond, Virginia region.  Notable among his releases are Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land. The Family. The Legend, The Queen and the U.S.A. (in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee), and Rocks Across the Pond (a family memoir about Justin Verlander, recipient of the 2011 Cy Young and AL Most Valuable Player Award.)  Dementi holds a B.S. degree from the University of Richmond, and an M.B.A. from Old Dominion University. He is past president of Richmond’s well-known Dementi Studio. He and his wife Dianne live in Goochland County, Virginia. His website is You can email Wayne at