Lift Me Up! to host Secretariat Movie and Book Signing

For immediate release: January 2, 2014
Contact: Laura W. Smith 


Lift Me Up! is kicking off the new year, the Chinese “Year of the Horse” by celebrating the “Horse of the Century,” SECRETARIAT with two great events. 

On January 31, 2014 Lift Me Up! is hosting a showing of the Disney film SECRETARIAT at the Great Falls Library from 1-3 pm for ages 8 and up (FREE). Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s owner is portrayed by Diane Lane. Penny’s daughter, Kate Tweedy served as a consultant on the film and is
featured in the film.

On February 8, 2014, Lift Me Up! is hosting a book signing and reception for Penny’s daughter Kate Tweedy who co-authored the book Secretariat’s Meadow: The Land, The Family, The Legend at the Fairfax Hunt Club in Reston, Virginia from 5-8 pm. Kate will also discuss the book and her family’s connections to Madeira and the military community. Tickets are $50, books are $35 and proceeds benefit Lift Me Up’s Fence Fund and BITS (Back in the Saddle) program for injured veterans. For tickets, please email:

While Lift Me Up! has been in Great Falls since 1975, Secretariat’s ties to the area go back to 1939. Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery graduated from the Madeira School that year and she served as captain of the school’s riding team. (A photograph of the riding team is featured in the book.) Kate Tweedy and co-author Leeanne Ladin will also visit the Madeira School, Lift Me Up!, The Saddlery, and The Old Brogue.

About Lift Me Up!
Lift Me Up! has provided thousands of therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities at its Great Falls stable since 1975. Just recently Lift Me Up! launched a new program for injured veterans called BITS (Back in the Saddle). Each week over 100 riders develop new riding skills that enhance their core strength, balance, coordination and confidence. Lift Me Up! trains volunteers age 14 and older to assist with the therapeutic riding lessons as sidewalkers and leaders. This is a very special equestrian program that engages the best of humanity with extraordinary horses to provide a healing experience for those in our community who are most challenged. Each year hundreds of volunteers donate nearly 10,000 hours of service to support individuals with disabilities and their families. Maintaining a facility with 11 horses, specially trained instructors, is expensive. Lift Me Up! is a community organization that relies on financial and in-kind donations from individuals and corporations. It is a 501(c)3 corporation and participates in the United Way #8266 Combined Federal Campaign CPF # 70459. See more information.