Penny Chenery (Horse Jockey) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born


Helen Bates “Penny” Chenery Tweedy was an American sportswoman who bred and owned 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.

Born: Helen Bates Chenery, January 27, 1922, New Rochelle, New York, United States
Died: September 16, 2017, Boulder, Colorado
Education: Smith College (BA), Columbia University
Occupation: Racehorse owner, Breeder
Known for: Secretariat, Riva Ridge
Board member of: Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
Spouse(s): Lennart Ringquist (divorced)
Children: 4
Parent(s): Christopher Chenery
Relatives: Hollis B. Chenery (brother), Margaret Emily Chenery Carmichael (sister)
Honors: The Arlington Park Penny Chenery Distinguished Woman in Racing Award, Eclipse Award of Merit (2006), Smith College Medal (2009)
IMDb: Penny Chenery’s IMDb

About Penny Chenery

Horse breeder and jockey who owned the legendary 1973 Triple Crown champion race horse Secretariat.

Before Fame

She volunteered with the Red Cross in France during WWII.


She also bred the Eclipse Award-winning horse Saratoga Dew.

Family Life

She had four children, Sarah, Christopher, Kate and John, from two marriages that ended in divorce.


Jockey Ron Turcotte rode her horse Secretariat to Triple Crown glory.

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Latest information about Penny Chenery updated on September 15, 2020.

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