Kate Chenery Tweedy Signing "Secretariat's Meadow" at AAEP Convention December 5-6
Richmond, VA (October 21, 2010) - Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery (Tweedy), will be signing her new book "Secretariat's Meadow - The Land, The Family, The Legend," at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual conference in Baltimore, MD on December 5-6, 2010.
An author and family historian, Kate Tweedy collaborated with Leeanne Meadows Ladin, a Virginia horsewoman and author of historical books, to tell not only Secretariat's story but the saga of an enduring piece of land in Doswell, Virginia where an "empire built on broodmares" produced an immortal son. Penny Chenery wrote the foreword to Secretariat's Meadow and shared over 200 exclusive photos from her private collection for the 160-page pictorial history. The narrative is enriched by Kate's vivid recollections of The Meadow as a child and her eyewitness account of the magic and the mayhem surrounding her mother and "Big Red" during the Triple Crown races in 1973.
Since the September release of their book, the authors have embarked on a national "Barnstorming Book Tour" that has taken Secretariat's Meadow from Doswell to Denver, Saratoga to Toronto, and Los Angeles to Louisville. The book has received critical acclaim from turf writers (see Book Buzz below ) and is a bestseller in its categories on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Secretariat's Meadow was published by Dementi Milestone Publishing of Virginia, prior to the much-anticipated release of the Disney movie Secretariat. It retails for $29.95. For more information, see www.secretariatsmeadow.com.
Media contact: Leeanne Meadows Ladin, 804-232-7521, firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOK BUZZ ABOUT "SECRETARIAT'S MEADOW!"
Frank Mitchell, columnist, Daily Racing Form: "It is a lovely book, full of color and character, and of course, there are many photos of His Chestnut Perfection. What more could anyone ask? ... It makes a grand and moving story and is told with warmth. Beautifully illustrated and produced, Secretariat's Meadow is a pleasure for readers and fans of racing."
Midwest Book Review: "Secretariat's Meadow: The Land, The Family, The Legend is a gorgeous coffee table book, illustrated throughout with black-and-white and color photography and images, detailing the history behind the famous Triple Crown-winning racehorse Secretariat, his birthplace, and the family that raised and raced him... Any reader with an avid interest in the history of championship horse racing is sure to delight in this accessible, insightful, and candid tour."
The Thoroughbred Daily News: "Secretariat's Meadow is an informative rags-to-riches story, rooted in reality and historical fact. (Secretariat's Meadow)...benefits enormously by coming from a direct family source, with the series of illustrations and photographs enhancing the overall reading experience. It will ensure that the Chenery family, and their affiliation with Secretariat, will remain etched in the memory for years to come."
Horse-races.net: "This book is strongly recommended to racing fans especially history aficionados, as it tells such an important story of the American turf. Secretariat fans who could tell his story on their own will truly enjoy Tweedy's first-hand account, as someone fortunate to have personally witnessed greatness in her family, their farm, and their horses."
Bill Nack, author of "Secretariat - The Making of a Champion," and consultant for the Disney movie "Secretariat," said: "Kate Tweedy and Leeanne Ladin take the reader on a romantic journey filled with stories about the people and the horses who turned this land into a flourishing mecca of Thoroughbred breeding. Well written and beautifully illustrated with a gallery of old prints and photographs, Secretariat's Meadow is an artful contribution to the history of the America turf."
Ron Turcotte, Secretariat's jockey, noted, "Many books and articles have been written about Secretariat, but what makes Secretariat's Meadow unique is that instead of all those dry statistics, it gives you a glimpse behind the scenes at all the human interest stories from the family's own perspective. It is a book well worth reading and for me, it brought back many a fond memory."