|Mrs. Chenery in 2010|
Mrs. Chenery was one of the first women to hold a high profile in the tough sport of horse racing, a legend in her own right. She was portrayed by actress Diane Lane in the Disney family film, "Secretariat."
Mrs. Chenery lives in Boulder. Her family has longtime ties to Denver and she even rode to hounds with our own Arapahoe Hunt, back in the day.
|Mrs. Chenery, trainer Lucien Laurin and Big Red|
The horse was named by Chenery's brother-in-law, John Tweedy, a soldier in the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, who fought in 1945 at the fierce battle at Riva Ridge in the North Apennine mountains of Italy. Another soldier in the 10th Mountain Division, Pete Seibert, founded Vail resort in 1962 and promptly named one of the resort's more notorious ski runs Riva Ridge.
Happy Birthday Mrs. Chenery! If you would like to send her a birthday greeting, go here. More on her birthday celebration, Secretariat and Riva Ridge, here.