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Horse show arena’s opening will honor Secretariat’s kin

Meadow Event Park in Caroline County will début its new horse show arena this weekend with an event that includes a tribute to Secretariat and his descendants.

The Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Show features 165 horses that used to race and are in the process of being retrained or embarking on other careers.

On Saturday afternoon at 12:30, a special ceremony in Ring 1 of the arena will bring together 51 horses that are related to Triple Crown winner Secretariat or other Meadow Stable champions.

“They really wanted to pay homage to the legacy here, of not only Secretariat but all the other great horses that came from the Meadow Stable,” said Leanne Ladin, the Secretariat tourism manager at Meadow Event Park.

She said they asked the attendees to look into the pedigrees of the horses and gave them several names to look for, including Secretariat’s.

“His bloodlines are still very dominant today in racing,” Ladin said.

You could call it a family reunion, of sorts.

In addition, several local grooms and jockeys who worked at The Meadow for founder Christopher Chenery, and later for his daughter, Penny Chenery, are expected to attend the ceremony.

The three-day show will highlight horses from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

They’ll compete in classes such as hunter, jumper, dressage, side-saddle, western and combined training.

There will also be tours available of the site’s historic stables.

For more information on the show, visit facebook .com/thoroughbredheritage horseshow.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413