June 3, 2021

Dementi Milestone Publishing is proud to announce that its best-selling book, Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend, has earned honors in the Eric Hoffer Book Award, one of the largest international book awards for small, academic and independent presses.  The award is named in honor of Eric Hoffer, an influential American philosopher. Secretariat’s Meadow was named to the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Short List and was a finalist in the da Vinci Eye competition for superior cover artwork. For more information about the award program, see

First published in 2010, the book about the legendary Triple Crown champion is told from the viewpoint of Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery (Tweedy) and the granddaughter of Christopher T. Chenery, who founded Meadow Stable in Virginia.  Written with Leeanne Meadows Ladin, a Virginia writer and horsewoman, the book shares not only Secretariat’s story, but the inspiring saga of his birthplace and all the people who helped raise and race the Meadow champions. It is illustrated with over 200 exclusive photos from Penny Chenery’s private collection and was designed by Jayne Hushen.  The book is now in its sixth printing.

“We are so pleased that Secretariat’s Meadow earned these honors in the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Award, said Kate Chenery Tweedy. “It is very gratifying for our entire book team that, even after eleven years, our book continues to be recognized for its content and design and to enjoy robust sales.”

Secretariat’s Meadow, shortly after publication, won a Silver IPPY Award from the Independent Publishers Association and was a semi-finalist for the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award. It ranked as the number one best-selling horse racing book on Amazon for several weeks.  For additional information, see

Dementi Milestone Publishing, also known as Dementi Books, is an independent publishing company founded by Wayne Dementi in 2004. It is located in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia.  See

MARCH 30, 2020 RETIREMENT MESSAGE  from LEEANNE MEADOWS LADIN,  former Secretariat tourism manager/historian at The Meadow and co-author of “Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend” and “Riva Ridge – Penny’s First Champion” with Kate Chenery Tweedy.  READ HERE: 

For continuing updates on Secretariat events, Secretariat descendants, the Secretariat Team, and featured posts about the history of Meadow Stable, please follow us on our Secretariat’s Meadow Facebook page. 

SECRETARIAT BIRTHPLACE TOURS SUSPENDED:  The regular narrated tours at The Meadow have been suspended indefinitely due to Covid.  Please check for updates.

Secretariat’s birthplace at The Meadow is listed on the state and national historic registers.