The new Tribute to Penny Chenery exhibit will be on exclusive display at The Meadow during the Meadow Hall mansion tours at the State Fair of Virginia. The exhibit includes Penny’s riding jacket, jodhpurs and riding boots, along with other personal items on loan from her family.
An accomplished horsewoman, Penny was captain of the equestrian team at the Madeira School in McLean, Va., rode horses at The Meadow, and foxhunted at her home in Denver when she was Mrs. John Tweedy. The exhibit also includes the uniform Penny wore when she served in the American Red Cross in France to aid the troops returning from the battlefields of World War II. Framed photos depicting the young Penny in the various outfits will complete the collection.Kate Chenery Tweedy will be on hand at various times to discuss her mother’s items and to sign her book “Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend,” with co-author Leeanne Meadows Ladin.
The mansion tours also include a display of the foxhunting attire and riding boots worn by Penny’s father Chris Chenery, Triple Crown cufflinks, the starter’s bell from the Meadow training track and galleries depicting the history of Meadow Stable and its famous Thoroughbreds. A stunning bronze sculpture of Secretariat in full flight is another new addition, courtesy of Secretariat.com.
The mansion tours will take place three times a day on the two weekends of the State Fair at 12 pm, 3 pm and 6 pm on September 29-30 and October 6-7. Tickets are $5, in addition to Fair admission, and may be purchased in advance at www.statefairva.org. or onsite at the Secretariat booth behind Meadow Hall mansion. Fairgoers can shop at the booth, stroll around the historic barns, see “America’s Largest Horseshoe” – a 600-pound replica of Big Red’s racing shoe, and other attractions.
The Tribute to Penny Chenery exhibit will remain on display for the year-round Secretariat Birthplace Tours at The Meadow Event Park. .