Shenandoah Harness Horseman Winston Lineweaver’s Legacy Recognized By Virgnia House of Delegates

The Virginia House of Delegates recognized harness horseman Winston Lineweaver’s lifelong accomplishments and legacy in the sport at their February 3rd session at the State Capitol Building in Richmond.

Harness horseman Winston Lineweaver, pictured at Shenandoah Downs in 2020.

Delegate John Avoli kicked off the day’s festivities at the General Assembly by reading a proclamation that highlighted Mr. Lineweaver’s impact on harness racing in the Shenandoah Valley.  The tribute was conducted by the oldest legislative body in the free world and is now part of its permanent record.

The Virginia House of Delegates in session.

Mr. Lineweaver, who competed in Woodstock for decades at the Shenandoah County Fair and at Shenandoah Downs since it began in 2016, passed away September 24th last year. He was born in Conicville, Virginia, and at the time of his death, lived in Mauertown, Virginia. 

The Lineweaver family with Speaker of the House Todd Gilbert.

Mr. Lineweaver, who had 1628 victories in his driving career and had eighteen seasons when his UDRS was above .300, was from a family which turned out many participants in the harness sport; his brother Alvin joined him in the 1000 Wins Club with 1239. 

Speaker of the House Todd Gilbert chats with Doris Lineweaver about Winston’s decades-long career in the Shenandoah Valley.

Mr. Lineweaver was a second generation horseman, and is survived by his wife Elieen, who trained horses in Woodstock with him, his daughter Joyce, a long time harness trainer based in Delaware, and another daughter Doris, who is the Director of Racing at Shenandoah Downs and is one of the few female racing secretaries in the industry. Mr. Lineweaver’s grandchildren, Weston and Maggie, also are involved and help prepare and service the Shenandoah barn area for horsemen upon arrival. 

The Lineweaver family acknowledges applause at House chambers after Winston’s proclamation was read.

All five were present for the proclamation’s reading. The group received a tour of the State Capitol Building before the day’s session began and were welcomed by Speaker of the House Todd Gilbert on the floor after the session concluded. 

The actual proclamation will be read on a race day to be determined during the 2022 Shenandoah Downs season and will be presented to the Lineweaver family.   .