Leeanne Ladin

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Roanoke, VA, The United States


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February 2010


Leeanne Meadows Ladin has been writing and riding all her life. She learned how to ride, bareback and barefoot, on pinto ponies at her grandparents' farm in southwest Virginia. At age ten, she spent all her birthday money on "The Fireside Book of Horse Racing - A Thoroughbred Treasury." In 1973, she sat screaming in front of the TV as Secretariat won the Belmont by 31 lengths.

Leeanne later had her own horse farm, where she enjoyed trail riding with her Tennessee Walking Horses. She started her own business, Free Rein Writing, on the horse farm in 2000.

Leeanne is the author of four books of
regional historical interest, including the award-winning "The State Fair of Virginia - More Than A Midway," which featured a chapter on The Meadow. Today

Before there was Big Red…there was “the Great Red Fox”


A century before Meadow Stable, home of Hall of Famers Secretariat, Riva Ridge, Hill Prince and Cicada, put Doswell, Virginia on the racing map, Bullfield Stable in nearby Hanover County dominated the American racing scene.  Its most famous son was a long-striding chestnut stallion named Planet, also called “the great red fox.” He was consid

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Published on August 03, 2012 14:10
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