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Meadow Birthday Celebration 2016

Meadow Racing Stable’s Groundshaker, great-great granddaughter of Big Red to debut at weekend festivities.

Doswell, VA – It’s been 46 years since legendary Triple Crown winner Secretariat was born at The Meadow on March 30, 1970, and legions of devoted fans are still celebrating the birthday of “America’s Super Horse.”

The annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow in Doswell, Virginia will once again offer Secretariat fans a special experience at the historic birthplace of the champion April 1 – 3 as part of the Virginia Horse Festival.

Highlighting this year’s celebration will be the public debut of Secretariat’s great-great granddaughter Groundshaker, the last horse bred and raced by Penny Chenery. Joining the festive gathering will be Charlie Davis, Secretariat’s entertaining exercise rider; Bill Nack, acclaimed journalist and author of Secretariat: The Making of a Champion; Otto Thorwarth, the multi-talented actor/jockey who portrayed Ron Turcotte in the Disney Film “Secretariat” and Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Ms. Chenery and co-author of the award-winning Secretariat’s Meadow – The Land, The Family, The Legend and Riva Ridge – Penny’s First Champion, with Leeanne Meadows Ladin.

Groundshaker, along with members of the Secretariat team, will be a VIP guest at two ticketed evening events during the Secretariat Birthday Celebration: the April 1 Paddock Party and the April 2 Meadow Anniversary Reception. Additionally, Groundshaker will be available to greet guests throughout the three-day Festival. The evening events will launch a fund-raising campaign to build a functional barn and pasture fencing for Groundshaker so she can permanently reside at the Meadow as well as to preserve and restore the original 1930s-era Meadow Stable barns that were recently listed on the Virginia Historic Landmark Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

The Meadow Birthday Celebration has become an instant tradition for Big Red fans who travel from across the country to enjoy the many festivities held in the historic and pastoral setting of Secretariat’s birthplace. During the day, attendees can enjoy a full slate of activities that will include:

  • celebrity autograph sessions
  • Meadow Stable memorabilia display and collector valuations
  • narrated tram tours of the farm featuring Secretariat’s original foaling shed
  • meet and greet with original Meadow Stable grooms and riders
  • silent auction to benefit the Meadow Barn Fund
  • extensive selection of Secretariat merchandise and memorabilia for purchase

The Virginia Horse Festival celebrates horses and riding disciplines of all types. Fans can enjoy three days of clinics and demonstrations with top clinicians; a parade of breeds; special events like the Colt Starting Challenge USA; 60,000 square feet of indoor shopping including equine-related items and Virginia products for all horse lovers, and much more.

Festival and Birthday Celebration evening event tickets are now on sale at General admission tickets are $12 in advance (online only) and $15 at the gate. Discounted tickets for children ages 5 to 12, with ages 4 and younger free. The April 1 Paddock Party tickets are $35 and the April 2 Anniversary Reception tickets are $75. Farm tram tour tickets will be sold onsite. Festival hours are Friday 11 am – 8 pm; Saturday 9 am – 8 pm; and Sunday 9 am – 5 pm. See for complete ticket information and the full program schedule, or call Meadow Event Park at 804-994-2800.

The Meadow Event Park is located off I-95 at exit 98 (Doswell) 1.5 miles east of King’s Dominion theme park.

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