Thoroughbreds to be Honored at New Virginia Show

Press Release

Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show

There’s a brand new show, coming to Virginia in the summer of 2014. The Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show will feature three full days of competition for Thoroughbreds who are identifiable through The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program with Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Side Saddle, Western and Combined Training opportunities, as well as Model and Leadline classes.

There is no greater place to celebrate Thoroughbred Heritage than on hallowed grounds where great racehorses once lived. With that in mind, the organizers of this event are thrilled to announce that the Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show will take place at The Meadow, the birthplace of Secretariat, in Doswell, Virginia.

The Meadow, now known as The Meadow Event Park, acts as host to the State Fair of Virginia and several equine events, among other things, but this is the very first Thoroughbred horse show to take place at one of the most historic farms in the sport of racing.

The Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show will take place July 25-27, 2014, and will feature a special ceremony in which all descendants of The Meadow’s Thoroughbreds will be asked to assemble in the show ring for a group photo. We hope to encourage everyone who has not yet done so to carefully research their Thoroughbred’s heritage to see if he or she qualifies to participate.

Penny Chenery, daughter of Meadow founder Chris Chenery and the driving force behind Secretariat, was an early advocate for the health and welfare of retired Thoroughbreds and was instrumental in the creation of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Accordingly,Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at James River, home to two descendants of Secretariat, will receive sixty percent of the profit from the Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show.

The showgrounds at The Meadow are situated on the exact site of the training track where Big Red learned to gallop. In addition to showing and celebrating their own Thoroughbreds, participants will be able to see various original structures such as the foaling shed where Secretariat was born and the stall where he was saddled for the first time. Leeanne Ladin, co-author of Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend, will be conducting tours of the property.

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Covert Action, mascot for the TRF Greener Pastures Program, and sponsored by the VTA, will be front and center at the event. Come join the VTA in supporting  this great cause.