Racing in the colors of the Meadow Stable of Doswell, Virginia from 1971 through 1973, Riva Ridge and Secretariat represented the best in horse racing. The Meadow was founded by Christopher T. Chenery in 1935 and established itself as one of the premier breeding and racing operations in America. Yet it was through the guidance of the “Mistress of The Meadow” - daughter Penny Chenery (then Tweedy) - that the Meadow enjoyed a level of success rarely attained in the sport’s history. With Hall of Fame trainer Lucien Laurin brilliantly directing the racing careers of Riva Ridge and Secretariat, and jockey Ron Turcotte piloting the gifted duo, the special moment in time was often heralded as racing’s version of “Camelot” by some sports pundits - and for good reason. These two homebred champions accounted for 33 victories between them, combining earnings of nearly 2.5 million dollars, and enjoyed an unprecedented popularity and success in the sport of Horse Racing.
Employing the identical printing presses and the same archival acid-free stock used by Richard Stone Reeves in his previous publications, no detail or expense has been spared for “Meadow Champions” in the effort to match the same superior quality consistent with Reeves’ standards. In the tradition of fine art lithography reminiscent of the early 20th century, “Meadow Champions” is destined to create its own place as a contemporary classic.
Each lithograph was produced in symmetrical dimensions of opposing perspectives, with Secretariat and Riva Ridge depicted at the peak of their athletic conditioning in classic conformation. The prints include a narrative listing the breeding, earnings and racing accomplishments of each champion and are further embellished with the embossed remarque of the heralded blue and white Meadow silks. “Meadow Champions” is limited to a hand-numbered total edition of 350 folio sets with the individual prints measuring 19" x 19" and both are personally signed by Mrs. Chenery. Additionally, in conjunction with this publication announcement, only Secretariat.com customers will receive the added bonus of prints being signed by Secretariat's Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte at no extra charge.
Penny Chenery considers Riva Ridge the horse that "saved the farm". As a juvenile, the speedy front-running colt swept nearly all of the major east coast stakes winning 7 of 9 starts and a 2-year-old championship. His success continued at three, eclipsing the prestigious 1972 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes among other victories. In his final season as a 4-year-old, Riva Ridge earned yet another championship as an older horse, setting two track records and one world record in the process.
Secretariat is perhaps the most renowned name in Thoroughbred history and remains the benchmark of racing excellence for the sport. A muscular chestnut colt of perfect proportions, his racing accomplishments captured the admiration and affection of a nation. The two-time Horse of the Year is best remembered for his glorious record-breaking performances in the 1973 Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse in a quarter of a century to win the elusive Triple Crown.
"Meadow Champions" offers the general public anopportunity to own arguably the best portrayals of these two very popular champions and an insider's glimpse of Mrs. Chenery's personal favorites that to this day adorn the walls of her private residence. Reserve yours now!