Penny Chenery

Animal owner from United States of America

Helen Bates "Penny" Chenery Tweedy (born January 27, 1922) is an American sportswoman who bred and raced Secretariat, the 1973 winner of the Triple Crown. The youngest of three children, she graduated from The Madeira School in 1939 and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, then studied at the Columbia Business School, where she met her future husband, John Tweedy, Sr., a Columbia Law School student. In March 2011, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia awarded Chenery an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Married in May 1949, the couple had four children. In 1973 horseracing telecasts, CBS called her Penny Chenery, not Penny Tweedy. Penny Chenery, born in 1922, was named Helen Bates Chenery after her mother. The youngest of three children, Penny idolized her father, Chris Chenery, who was the owner of a thoroughbred breeding corporation. Furthermore, Penny loved horses from a young age, something she believed came from her father. “My father really loved horses. I think a parent often communicates his love to a child.” Learning to ride at age five, she shared many of her father’s interests, and harbored a strong urge to please him. Fulfilling this urge, Penny complied  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Penny Chenery Tweedy
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Hollis B. Chenery, Christopher Chenery
John Bayard Tweedy Sr. Lennart Ringquist
Hollis B. Chenery Kate Chenery Tweedy


Institution From To
Columbia Business School
Smith College
The Madeira School

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