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Christopher Chenery
Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame Nominee
 Mr. Christopher Chenery was born in Richmond, Virginia on September 19, 1886. He was raised in Ashland, Virginia and often visited relatives at The Meadow. His love of horses was a life-long relationship. He began his college studies at Randolph-Macon College and graduated from Washington and Lee in 1909 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. His engineering career began in Virginia before moving on to projects in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. His career was interrupted with service in the United States Army Corps of Engineers during World War I. During the war he commanded training facilities at Camp Humphries, Virginia. Afterward, he continued as a government consultant on engineering and construction.
He and Helen Clementina Bates were married on January 18, 1917 and remained married until her death in 1967. This union produced two daughters, Helen Bates “Penny” Tweedy and Margaret Carmichael, and one son Hollis Chenery, an economist at the World Bank. Mr. Chenery formed the Federal Water Service Corporation in 1926 which was later known as the Federal Water and Gas Corporation. In 1936, he became the Chairman of the Board of the Southern Natural Gas later known as Sonat. In 1954 he formed the Offshore Company, the Southern Production Company subsidiary conducting deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. He remained Chairman and CEO until 1965.

     While maintaining a residence in Pelham Manor, New York he re-purchased the ancestral property, The Meadow, in Caroline County, Virginia in 1936. He founded The Meadow Stud which bred thoroughbreds and The Meadow Stable under whose colors his horses raced. The blue and white colors of The Meadow Stables was for his college fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.
     Mr. Chenery began his breeding operation by purchasing a few horses in 1936. In 1939, he purchased Hildene who would become his foundation mare. She produced Hill Prince, the 1950 American Horse of the Year and First Landing, the champion juvenile in 1958 and third in the 1959 Kentucky Derby. He also bred Cicada, champion filly at two, three, four and once the world’s leading money    winner among mares.
     In 1947 he purchased Imperatrice, a stakes-winning mare. She produced several stakes winners for The Meadow, but her most important offspring was Somethingroyal who became the 1973 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year. Before producing her last baby, Secretariat, she also foaled Sir Gaylord. Sir Gaylord was a stakes winner and an important sire producing Sir Ivor, an Epsom Derby winter. Somethingroyal’s other stakes winners include First Family and Syrian Sea.
   In 1965 Mr. Chenery and Ogden Phipps entered into a foal sharing agreement. Mr. Phipps owned the leading sire, Bold Ruler. Mr. Chenery arranged the breeding of Somethingroyal to Bold Ruler which produced Secretariat, born on March 30, 1970. Mr. Chenery died on January 3, 1973 before seeing Secretariat become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and setting records in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes which stand to this day. Penny Tweedy took on operations of The Meadow after her father’s death and guided the career of Riva Ridge, Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner in 1972.

STI Turf Care in Richmond, VA, in conjunction with Toro and Equine Equipment, are proud to donate a Toro mower to the Virginia Horse Council. 

STI Turf Care in Richmond, VA, in conjunction with Toro and Equine Equipment, is proud to donate a Toro mower to the VA Horse Council.

STI Turf Care recognizes the hard work the VA Horse Council performs for the horse community. “We urge everyone to support this group and are proud to donate this Toro mower to them. We appreciate Toro and Equine Equipment for their part in this effort,” says Matt Sobotka with STI.

The horse council is dedicated to giving back to the local horse community and making a difference; we applaud their mission” said Sobotka.

STI Turf Care is pleased to support the VA Horse Council and we are proud to have them as one of our dealer partners” said Steve Andersen of Equine Equipment.

"This is such a nice gesture. We appreciate the donation and at this time, it is a very welcomed donation. The horse industry has been dealt a rough hand and we are all struggling in our own ways. We are grateful for the support of Equine Equipment. Thank you, STI Turf Care and Toro,” stated Dedi Spradlin, President of the VA Horse Council.

The VA Horse Council is located in Beaverdam, VA. To learn more visit them at: or call them at: 888-467-7382

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Misty Morning
Rappahannok Hunt Point to Point Race

Wrapping up the 2020 Year

A Message From the President

I heard the experience we have lived through since last March is called "The Great Disconnect." That is a perfect description, I think. We have all been disconnected from the people and events that have given us comfort, a sense of belonging, and identity. For many of us, our horses have grounded us and helped us realize that even though we may not be able to participate in events as we did previously, our horses still need to be fed, stalls still need to be cleaned, and farriers and vets are still our links to healthy horses. Some of us have had more time to ride and train, and some have even found an increase in the number of lessons we teach or take due to the closure of businesses or schools. All-in-all though, I doubt anyone would wish a repeat of what we have experienced this year.

The Virginia Horse Council has been hard at work monitoring the state of the horse industry in the commonwealth, keeping horse owners in touch with horse health experts, keeping equine organizations in touch with each other. We have also provided encouragement to the equine community. Many of our events needed to be postponed, in compliance with Governor Northam's executive orders. We have learned to live in a Zoom world, learned to apply technology to the horse world, and learned to recognize just how important human contact is.

As exhausted as we all are with the Great Disconnect, we are not yet finished with COVID-19. A vaccine on the horizon provides hope that we will soon be able to enjoy our horse friends face-to-face, return to group riding, and to attend shows again. We will never go back to the pre-COVID-19 world, and we do not know what post-COVID-19 will be. I hope you will join me in learning to make the future a better world for us all.

Dedi Spradlin

Adjunct Professor of Equine Science
JoAnne Miller
Therapeutic Riding Centers also took a hard hit during the Pandemic.  Again, the CARES act helped so many of us pay our employees with the PPP money during the shut-down.  The majority of Centers have re-opened, following strict CDC guidelines, and are now open offering equine assisted services to a portion of their clients.  Again, thanks to donors and grants, we are all currently managing as best we can during the pandemic. 
Horse Rescues in the state have maintained, where out west there has been an increase in owner surrenders.  Many of us have received money from the CARES Act, and many donors have stepped up to help us continue to care for our herds.  During the shut-down we have continued to have adoptions, and luckily we were not overwhelmed with horses needing help.  Many organizations have funded hay banks, which allowed people to keep horses in their homes.  The EQUUS Foundation sent all of their guardian members an extra check, to help with horse care.  The Homes for Horses Coalition continues to award its members with Purina coupons to provide feed for the horses.  It is because we all continue to work together, that we are able to remain sustainable.
The current pandemic has been hard on all of us. During the first month of shut-down, many of the horse rescues and the therapeutic riding centers in the state began to meet by phone on a monthly basis.  These phone calls led to discussions of problems and we all worked together to come up with solutions, helping each other during this time.  This collaboration in the state is commendable.  Collaboration will only allow us all to continue to help the horses that are in need, and allow people with disabilities to continue to enjoy horses and heal through equine assisted services.

Executive Director: Brook Hill Farm Horse Rescue and Therapeutic Riding Center


Make-ahead Stuffed French Toast

Try this American Egg Board recipe for a delicious start to the day.

Make-ahead Stuffed French Toast

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
30 to 36 slices of French bread or baguette, ½" thick
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup strawberry preserves
8 eggs
1½ cups milk
8-ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
¼ cup orange juice
2 teaspoons fresh orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt

Spread half of the bread slices with cream cheese and strawberry preserves, and top with remaining bread slices to make little sandwiches.

In a greased 13"x9"x2" glass baking dish, arrange the sandwiches in a single layer.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until foamy. Stir in the milk, pineapple, orange juice, orange zest, vanilla and salt. Slowly pour the egg mixture over the bread. Press the bread down firmly.

Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour but preferably overnight.

Before baking, heat oven to 350°. Bake in the center of the oven until puffy and golden and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, about 45-50 minutes.

Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV)

November 14, 2020

TRAV Member Centers have had to shorten or incorporate other measures to accommodate the Covid 19 pandemic. Centers are continuing to provide therapeutic equine services as an important component to the equine industry in Virginia.

The Annual TRAV Horse Show held in October at the Virginia Horse Center was canceled for 2020. Due to the nature of the exhibitors TRAV could not meet the criteria needed to maintain safety such as mask wearing and social distancing.

Gnomeo, a charming member the Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation has been awarded the PATH, International Therapy Horse of the Year. He is a 22 year- old, 12.2 hand Welsh/Arab gelding proving that great things can happen in small packages. This is a huge honor and award for Gnomeo, the Loudoun Center, and Virginia as PATH is an international organization. Congratulations, Gnomeo!!

Simple Changes has completed the purchase of and started operating at their beautiful new facility in Lorton, Virginia. This program operated for many years on public property and now has their own property. This property will allow the growth and expansion of this exceptional program.

Hoofbeats has moved from the Virginia Horse Center to the private farm of program director, Carol Branscome.

PATH, International instructors are required to acquire continuing educational hours throughout the year to maintain their level of certification. These hours can be expensive, often requiring travel, meals, and lodging. TRAV has traditionally offered two Educational Day opportunities each year providing free CE hours. The last day was held via ZOOM and was well attended. TRAV is committed to supporting Member Centers throughout Virgina and even our members in West Virginia and North Carolina, especially during this pandemic.

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