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big congrats and shout out to Lydia Frey of Hume as winner of the Best Junior Handler title at this year’s Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden. The 2012 Hill School grad beat 87 other young handlers after qualifying with the required seven Best Junior Handler awards (she acutally won 13). The 16-year-old is the daughter of show jumping rider Kim Prince and horseman Russell Frey, a well-known trainer/ judge based in Chicago. Her Bedlington Terrier is known as “Tony,” a send up in honor of Marie Antoinette, in honor of his show name, Grand Champion Lamv “Let Them Eat Cake.’


oe Dempsey, Rob Banner, Nate Chambers and Kristina Higgins at the Mosby Heritage Area Association’s “The Future of Eventing and the Preservation of Open Space” held recently at the Englehard Gymnasium, Foxcroft School.


andy Johnson of Gordonsdale Farm near Berryville and MHAA Event Chair Wendy Bebie also participated in the Eventing and open space event.

Photo by Douglas Lees



March 2015

orseman Don Yovanovich has recently been elected to the Board of Directors of The Federation Internationale des Gentlemen Riders et des Cavalieres (Fegentri) elected in Oslo. The 60th Annual General Assembly met in Norway and represents a membership of 25 different nations with over 70 delegates . Yovanovich, a trainer and race rider, was the representative from the Amateur Riders Club of America (ARCA) and is the first American to be elected to the Board of Fegentri. Yovanovich has advocated for, guided and supported amateur riders in America for more than a decade. He is shown here (far right) with riders France Jean De Mieulle, Italy Fabrizio Perego, Great Britain Harry Bannister, France Marie Rollando, Germany Vinzenz Schiergen, Germany Marc Timpelan, United States Chris Ortiz.


t a recent Pet Therapy Luncheon at Fauquier Hospital: Carolyn Strong, Nancy Noack, Charlotte Flohr, Kaye Nazarian, Pat Morris, Joanne Pinette, Lisa Fox, Bettyann Senf, Kathyrn Gilman, Sandy Hamilton, Kathy McCoubrey, Margaret Clarke, Pat Eicher, Mary Tudor, Carole Bouthilet.


riends of the late local horseman Steve Timko are gathering funds for The Steve Timko Perpetual Trophy to be awarded at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, June 1-7 for the Thoroughbred Yearling Colt class. If there are sufficient funds, the group would like to do a trophy and engraving, a page in the UCHS program with a photo of Steve and a list of donors. Donate a tree with brass plaque: Steve Timko - horseman and friend— and possibly make a donation to the SPCA ( as a sponsor of the beer tent, Steve’s favorite spot on the show grounds. If you’re interested and want to be a part of this donation, please send a check to Helen Wiley, P.O. Box 1141, Middleburg, Virginia, 20118. Kudos to Kitty---The Fauquier Board of Supervisors recently issued a proclamation, read by Supervisor Peter Schwartz, honoring Kitty P. Smith at their February meeting. And it seems as if someone at CNN has discovered Middleburg, which was recently named one of the ten most romantic spots in the world. Other destinations listed included : Udaipur (India), Waiheke Island (New Zealand), Cafayate (Argentina), Hoi An (Vietnam), Quirimbas Islands (Mozambique), Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Peter Island (British Virgin Islands), Vernazza (Italy) and Galle (Sri Lanka). The report noted: “It’s the kind of place where fox hunters rub shoulders with equestrians and couples meander from heritage B&Bs along shop-lined streets into a bucolic countryside of white picket fences, undulating vines and barn-chic wineries.” In Warrenton, Highland School’s Key Club has been awarded a grant of $1,000 by the Forward Turn program to support the implementation of a new long-term service project conducting outreach to low income families with insecure housing, living in local low-rent motels. Volunteers will provide some basic supplies like paper products, easy prep food, baby care supplies, and toiletries. The Dignity Project, named to highlight the foundational principle highlighted in Highland’s Social Justice elective, will emphasize relationship-building and understanding as the most meaningful outcomes that can develop from youth and residents interacting while supplies that meet basic needs are distributed. Highland is partnering with Teens Opposing Poverty, a non-profit based in Berryville, that has been working with student groups across Virginia and D.C. for 27 years to conduct outreach in their local communities. The Bethel United Methodist Church youth group is currently conducting a monthly outreach at one of Warrenton’s low rent motels. Forward Turn is funded by the S. Murray and Mary H.C. Rust Student Philanthropy Project of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. And from Boyce, Middleburg Life has learned that The Powhatan School is pleased to announce that John M. Barber, a nationally and internationally acclaimed American artist, will be the Artist in Residence, working with their young artists on March 10th, 11th and 31st. Over his career spanning three decades, Barber has painted commissioned works of art for individuals the likes of President Ronald Reagan, Walter Cronkite and Bunny Mellon. A Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, Barber has painted the official paintings for both the World War II Memorial: ‘Tribute to a Generation’, and the White House Bicentennial Commemoration: ‘White House Sunset’ in Washington DC, and his artwork hangs in embassies around the world as a participant in the Department of State American Artists program.

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Middleburg Life, March 2015  
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