Doswell, VA – The birthplace of Secretariat at The Meadow is a showcase for a collection of rare memorabilia from the early days of Meadow Stable.
Thanks to the generosity of the late Penny Chenery, her family, and other donors, many items are on loan for display in Meadow Hall mansion for the Secretariat Birthplace tour program. Key items include:
- The Black Riding Boots of Christopher T. Chenery – Known as a “bold rider who went bold places,” the visionary founder of Meadow Stable was a superb horseman. An accompanying photo in the exhibit shows him mounted on one of his favorite horses and wearing the boots.
- The complete foxhunting attire worn by Mr. Chenery when he rode to hounds with the Deep Run Hunt Club.
- The riding outfit worn by Penny Chenery, including her jacket, boots and bowler hat
- The American Red Cross uniform worn by Penny Chenery during her time of service in World War II
- The Starter’s Bell from Meadow Training Center – The clang of this bell taught Secretariat, Riva Ridge and other Meadow Stable champions to leap from the starting gate at the farm’s mile-long training track.
- Hill Prince Horse of the Year 1950 Plaque – Hill Prince was Meadow Stable’s first big champion, winning the 1950 Preakness, Jockey Club Gold Cup and over $422,000 in his racing career.
- Christopher T. Chenery Breeder of the Year 1950 Plaque – presented by the New York Turf Writers’ Association. This recognized Mr. Chenery for breeding Hill Prince, 1950 Horse of the Year.
- Riva Ridge Horseshoe 1972 Plaque – Riva Ridge was the first Meadow Stable horse to win the Kentucky Derby, a lifelong dream of Mr. Chenery. Riva also won the Belmont Stakes in 1972.
- Riva Ridge training saddle used by Meadow stable rider Gene Breeden, on display courtesy of fellow rider Jerry Nuckols
- Riva Ridge Belmont Futurity trophy of 1971
- Hildene Virginia Equine Hall of Fame 1992 Plaque – This was presented by the Virginia Thoroughbred Association in honor of Hildene, Mr. Chenery’s first great broodmare.
- Saddle Blankets – These brightly striped woolen blankets belonged to Mr. Chenery, who used them with his personal riding horses.
- The Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder of 1973, the year Secretariat won the Triple Crown.
- A set of gold and blue enamel Triple Crown cufflinks owned by Howard Gentry, the farm manager of Meadow Stable from 1946-1976.
- Framed photos of champion racehorses First Landing and Cicada.
- Sculpture of Secretariat by Jim Reno
- Replica saddle cloth as worn by Secretariat, signed by Penny Chenery and Ron Turcotte, along with a replica blinker hood and Turcotte racing goggles
To book a tour please contact Leeanne Meadows Ladin at firstname.lastname@example.org