Secretariat Birthplace Tours

TOUR THE BIRTHPLACE OF SECRETARIAT AT THE MEADOW

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register!

Take our narrated Secretariat Birthplace Tour and walk the same grounds where the immortal Secretariat was born and raised. Hear how Christopher Chenery transformed his ancestral homeplace into a renowned Thoroughbred farm and how his daughter Penny took his dream to unprecedented heights, first with Riva Ridge, then with “America’s Super Horse,” Secretariat.

Secretariat at The Meadow Book

Tours are conducted by Leeanne Meadows Ladin, Secretariat tourism manager and award-winning co-author of the best-selling Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend, as well as Riva Ridge – Penny’s First Champion. The full tour takes about 90 minutes.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • NEW – Groundshaker, a Secretariat great-great granddaughter, is now living at The Meadow. She is the last horse bred and raced by Penny Chenery.
  • NEW – Mia, the spunky little miniature horse who is Groundshaker’s “barn buddy”
  • NEW – the World’s Largest Horseshoe, a 600-lb. shoe modeled after Secretariat’s racing shoe
  • NEW – The Chenery Collection of rare Meadow Stable memorabilia and personal family items
  • Original foaling shed where Secretariat was born March 30, 1970
  • Original yearling, stallion and training barns built in the 1930s
  • The Cove, where the Meadow mares and foals grazed
  • Secretariat stride markers showing his 25-foot racing stride
  • LOVEwork sign inspired by Meadow Stable
  • Historical exhibits in the Meadow Champions Galleries and Triple Crown Room in Meadow Hall
  • Meadow gift shop featuring exclusive Secretariat souvenirs and personal book signing by author

Hands down, the tour was the highlight of our trip – the story of Secretariat, the Meadows (and Riva Ridge) is amazing.

Brent R. Collins, Minnesota

Secretariat great-great granddaughter, Groundshaker

GOLF CART TRAM TOURS

We have a new golf cart tram which can carry from one to seven guests! Ideal for individuals or a family outing. Cost is $12 per adult; $6 for children age 5 to 12; free for children age 4 and younger.

GROUP TOURS BY LARGE TRAM: We have larger trams that seat from 25 – 40 guests. Ideal for corporate outings, civic groups, clubs, senior and youth groups and more. The cost is $15 per adult; $8 for children age 5 to 12; free for children age 4 and younger. A minimum of 15 guests is preferred to reserve a large tram and a deposit is required.

WEDDING PLANNERS

Add to the romance of The Meadow with our “Champagne Tram Tour” for equestrian-themed wedding receptions.

MEETING PLANNERS

Discover how you can capture the winning spirit of Secretariat for your next team-building/leadership event. Email Leeanne Ladin for additional information at lladin@meadoweventpark.com

Mia the mini poses in her Little Big Red costume

BOOK YOUR SECRETARIAT BIRTHPLACE TOUR

ALL TOURS ARE BY RESERVATION ONLY. PAYMENT IS DUE UPON ARRIVAL.

Availability depends on the schedule of other events at The Meadow Event Park; therefore, we cannot accommodate unscheduled, walk-up tours.

For more information and to schedule a Secretariat Birthplace Tour, please contact Leeanne Ladin, Secretariat tourism manager, at lladin@meadoweventpark.com or at 804-363-1683.

Come visit the Virginia farm that produced an American legend. A portion of proceeds go toward the restoration of the historic barns at The Meadow.