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New Middleburg Police Chief To Take Post April 23

By Margaret Morton Staff Writer April 23 is the date when Middleburg’s new police chief, Anthony “A.J.” Panebianco, is slated to take up his new position. It is likely the town’s new top cop will come to Middleburg earlier just to introduce himself to the council, according to Town Administrator Martha Mason Semmes. He will have a week’s overlap with current Middleburg Chief Bill Klugh, who retires May 1. The new chief probably will be sworn in during that week, Semmes said. Panebianco arrives in town from his previous job as chief of police for the Town of Louisa. Prior to that, Panebianco was interim police chief in Warsaw. He started his police career 24 years ago, 22 of them with the Town of Buena Vista, where he began as a patrol officer and eventually rose to the chief of police position in 2007. It is that career background in small town policing that has the Town Council excited and assured of Panebianco’s selection, Semmes said, also noting his strong support of community policing, which he called “my passion.” In a recent interview, the town’s new chief said he “by far” prefers the ability to do community policing on the small town level, where officers are known by name and a part of the community, “where we’re not the bad guy; we want to be the good guy.” The admiration between council and its new police chief is mutual. Panebianco said he and his wife visited Middleburg to see if it would be a good fit, and promptly fell in love with the town. They liked the people, who were friendly, and the small-town informal atmosphere where there was a church bake sale going on and samples were being given away. “It had a great community feel,” and he recalled saying, “I hope I get this” to his wife. “We went and visited the community multiple times; there was a dangerous item there in one of the bakeries—maple sugar bacon-covered donuts. I bought one of those and, man, it was good,” Panebianco reminisced nostalgically. Panebianco was only in Louisa for 14 months in all. He liked it but said he and his wife were ready to have an opportunity to move to the Northern Virginia area. He had arrived in Louisa after having spent about eight months in Warsaw in 2010 as its interim chief after having been asked to conduct a thorough assessment of some problems facing the town. Panebianco would only agree to take the job on an interim basis, as the assessment involved some “very candid” questions as well as proposals as to how to fix the

problems. “I wanted to be able to speak freely without political pressures,” he said. That was an important objective, Panebianco said, in view of his recent history. He had spent 22 years in Buena Vista, rising from patrol officer to police chief. According to media reports, he resigned as chief after a political contretemps with the town leader—a decision that eventually won him an award for integrity from the City of Lynchburg. Semmes said she, Klugh and the council were aware of the incident before hiring Panebianco. And in checking his references, Panebianco’s decision was cited to the Middleburg search committee


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as an example of high integrity—and taken as a positive attribute by the council. “That was a real test in Warsaw. The town was going through turbulent times that led to the assessment,” he recalled. By the time he left in early 2011, not only was community confidence restored but all sides were working for a common goal. “I enjoyed the people a lot and made some good friends; they still call me a lot,” he said. Of his coming tenure in Middleburg, the new police chief said he is looking forward to meeting the challenges of a new job in a new community, to “see where we fit, and start a few programs that maybe hadn’t been thought of, as well as reaching out to youth. I like being part of the community, and having people see us as part of the solution.” And that translates into “the more visible we are, the more able to prevent [problems] and be successful,” Panebianco said, citing a shooting in an apartment complex in Louisa shortly after he arrived there. “They’d had 126 shootings in two years, so I met with residents, discussed the problems, and it’s now a better place.” It boils down to looking at the issues, bringing Continued On Page 25

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Two fascinating springtime garden events are set to take place in the Middleburg area. First will be the annual Daffodil Show, hosted by the Upperville Garden Club, Tuesday, April 10, at Buchanan Hall in Upperville. The doors will open at 2 p.m. and admission is free. Thirteen divisions are listed for every type of daffodil, from trumpet cultivars to small cupped cultivars to double cultivars. The highlight of the show is always the artistic division limited to garden clubs only. This year’s theme will be “Dancing With The Flowers,” a botanical version of “Dancing with the Stars,” with creative designs interpreting the Tango, Waltz, Square Dance, Jitterbug and Limbo. Entries are accepted from 2-5 p.m. Monday, April 9, and again from 8-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10. For more information contact Janna Leepson at 540-687-5192. Historic Garden Week will open in the hunt country Sunday, April 22, from 1-5 p.m. and Monday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Fauquier and Loudoun Garden Club and the Leesburg Garden Club, four stunning homes and gardens will be open. Historic Garden Week dates to 1927, when a flower show raised $7,000 to save some of Thomas Jefferson’s original mulberry trees on the lawn at Monticello. The following year, the Garden Club of Virginia was asked to help landscape Kenmore in Fredericksburg, the home of George Washington’s sister. With the success of their previous efforts, they felt confident they could raise the funds to do so. In 1929, members of the Garden Club of Virginia wrote notes to friends and invited them to visit during the last week in April for a “pilgrimage” of historic houses and gardens. The tour lasted 11 days and the event as it is known today was born. First stop in the Middleburg area is Oakwood near Upperville. Most of the buildings

on the property reflect the current owners’ interest in early Americana and have been restored, including the main house, a stone colonial, a stone kitchen house filled with period culinary tools, an unusually large stone meat storage house, a dairy, a 12-sided wooden barn and a stone and wood bank barn. Spring ushers in the blooms of dogwood, serviceberry and weeping cherry trees, together with drifts of daffodils along the driveway. The stone walls are lined with peonies, while the parking area by the carriage house is hedged with old fashioned lilacs and boxwood. Tucked on the eastern side of the dairy is a cluster of camellias that brightens the perennial garden in late spring. In the pool area, the outdoor shower is covered with Carolina jasmine, and a row of pink shrub roses provides dazzling color. A hedge of American Boxwood and crepe myrtles enclose the pool area without obstructing the magnificent vistas of the countryside. At Woodslane, visitors will enter through an untamed woodland. The woods transitions into a semi-cultivated parkland of mixed deciduous hardwood trees under planted with drifts of Virginia bluebells and shade-tolerant narcissus. Respect for indoor to outdoor flow dictates the color and texture choices of plant material, many of the plants outside repeat the prevailing colors within the home such as orange. A heavy use of evergreen and berried plantings ensures continual winter interest. Spring-fed ponds produce wonderful reflections in the afternoon light and their borders are planted with native vegetation: Black haw Viburnum, Burr Oak, Bald Cypress, Cardinal Flower, Joe Pye Weed, water iris, cattails, native daylilies and ferns. The outdoor garden “rooms” at Edge-

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versed in the proper procedures for disposing of its worn flags and has used the services of the Boy Scouts for this purpose. The first time this matter was brought to the staff’s attention was through the Letter to the Editor. In investigating the issue, we discovered that the flags in question were on private property and thus are not under the control or regulation of the town. 6 It appears the message was received by the owner, as the flags have been replaced. I encourage citizens to call the Town Office (687-5152) directly if they ever have a concern to help avoid possible misunderstandings such as this one. Betsy A. Davis, Mayor Town of Middleburg

Dear Editor: The Town Council and I were dismayed when reading the recent Letter to the Editor entitled “Disrespect,” in which a citizen expressed concern regarding the state of some flags flying “on Madison Street” in Middleburg. The letter seemed to imply that town staff ignored a citizen complaint regarding the flags and may not be aware of the proper procedures for the disposal of flags. The town staff is very dedicated and conscientious and would not intentionally ignore a citizen’s concerns. They would never disrespect this glorious symbol of our country. The staff is well

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Middleburg Wins Big At Tourism Awards By Margaret Morton Staff Writer The Town of Middleburg was the big winner during the 2011 Loudoun Tourism Awards ceremony, held March 29 at the Doubletree Hotel in Sterling. Locals took home five of the 10 awards handed out during Visit Loudoun’s annual luncheon and celebration of the county’s hospitality industry. Loud whoops of delight and high fives greeted the wins by enthusiastic Middleburg supporters. Among the awards garnered by Middleburg business representatives and town events were the two top Tourism Events of the Year, Tourism Volunteer of the Year, Tourism Management Associate of the Year, and, the highest recognition awarded by Visit Loudoun, the coveted Judy Patterson Award. The town’s first win was for Christmas In Middleburg as the top Tourism Event of the Year for attendance over 3,000. The annual Christmas parade and shopping bonanza is a joint cooperation between the town government, its business community and the nonprofit Christmas in Middleburg organization. Last year’s event drew 10,000 visitors to town. Christmas in Middleburg beat out competition from the North Face Endurance

Challenge and previous event winner, the Waterford Homes Tour & Crafts Exhibit. Another Middleburg institution won recognition as the Tourism Event of the Year for attendance under 3,000: the opening of the Sporting Art Museum of the National Sporting Library and Museum, a star-studded event held last fall that drew 2,500 people to celebrate the opening of new art galleries at the institution, which houses an extraordinary collection of sporting art and literature dating back to the 15th century. The opening topped several other popular events of the year, including the Round Hill Hometown Festival; the Mid-Atlantic Spartan Sprint; the 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff; and the Loudoun Grown Expo in Purcellville. The Tourism Volunteer of the Year award went to Middleburg area resident George Tiedeman for his tireless support and countless hours given to volunteering for the Mosby Heritage Area Association, an organization dedicated to educating the public about the rich history of the four-county area that makes up the MHAA. Also competing in that category were Su Webb, president of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum; the Loudoun

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County Civil War 150th Steering Committee; and the Middleburg Business & Professional Association. Another Middleburg area institution’s employee, Emily Tabachka, assistant general manager of the Goostone Inn & Restaurant just north of town, was named the Tourism Management Employee of the Year. She topped Lisa Wilhelm, Lansdowne Resort; Dave Moran, TownePlace Suites Dulles Airport; Meredith Wilson, Sunset Hills Vineyard; Heather Hull, SpringHill Suites Dulles; and Terra Capps, Loudoun County Office of Emergency Management. But it was the announcement of Punkin Lee as the winner of the Judy Patterson Award that caused the loudest hurrahs in the Middleburg cheering section. Lee, owner of Journeymen Saddlers, topped Mosby Heritage Area Association Director of Education Rich Gillespie for the award, the highest recognition granted by Visit Loudoun. The award was created in 1998 to honor Patterson, who died from cancer the previous year. Known as a consummate professional who dedicated her passion, energy and commitment to the cause of promoting Loudoun, Patterson has been held up as an example of all that is best in tourism promotion in the county. Visit Loudoun Content Manager Janet Tamassia, who interned with Patterson in 1994, said the award is given to someone who has made “extraordinarily significant” contributions to tourism promotion, on a level matching Patterson’s passion. Like Patterson, Lee has been dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing her causes, in her case the Town of Middleburg. Noting there is “nothing too small or too great” for Lee to undertake, her legacy in promoting the town, its businesses and its people would be long lasting and “never forgotten,” Tamassia said. “This is a big surprise,” Lee said. However, she said she accepted the award on behalf of all the volunteers, “for all of us who do our

share.” She issued an open invitation to everyone to come to Middleburg, saying “There’s a lot going on.” The Distinguished Service Award went to Capps, events coordinator for the Loudoun County Office of Emergency Management for her advocacy and events coordination that encouraged outside organizations to hold public safety events in the county. The National Conference Center’s Aziz Elhamdani was voted the Tourism Front-Line Employee of the Year. The popular Elhamdani beat out Fern Bratten, Salamander Touch; Beth Babcock, Morven Park; Yesenia Padilla, Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles; Alex Galan, Embassy Suites Dulles North; Luis Torres, Aloft Dulles North; Elizabeth Sedlins, Sunset Hills Vineyard; and Adrian Garcia, Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles. The Tourism Promotion/Campaign of the Year award went to the Town of Leesburg’s Parks and Recreation Department and Custom Graphics for the 2nd Annual Leesburg Airshow. Also competing in that category were: B.F. Saul Hospitality Group for The Holiday Hook-Up A Sleigh Ride to Boca!; the Leesburg Downtown Business Association for Behind the Doors of Downtown Leesburg; Tuskie’s Restaurant Group for Tuskie’s Wine Trail; and Journey Through Hallowed Ground, 400 Years of History on One Tank of Gas. The Humanitarian Award was won by Mid-Atlantic Spartan Spring, for its sponsorship of “Homes For Our Troops” for disabled veterans. Visit Loudoun also honored the county’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department as its Partner of the Year. Director Diane Ryburn accepted the award from Visit Loudoun CEO Patrick Kaler as the department was congratulated for its sponsorship and coordination of more than 40 sporting tournaments held in the county that generated multiple economic benefits to Loudoun.



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The Town of Middleburg was the big winner at March 29’s Visit Loudoun Tourism Awards ceremony, where the people and events that make Loudoun a successful tourism destination were honored. The bigg winner was Punkin Lee, top, who took home the Judy Patterson Award, the event’s highest honor, named in honor of the late Visit Loudoun founding board member. She is pictured with Visit Loudoun CEO Patrick Kaler and Greg Miller, chair of the tourism body’s board of directors. Also receiving honors were, clockwise from left, Emily Tabachka, assistant general manager of the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Tourism Management Employee of the Year; George Tiedeman, Mosby Heritage Area Association, Tourism Volunteer of the Year; the National Sporting Library & Museum for the opening of its Sporting Art Museum, Tourism Event of the Year with attendance under 3,000, with Executive Director Rick Stoutamyer accepting the award; and Christmas in Middleburg, Tourism Event of the Year with attendance over 3,000, with 2011 coordinator Jim Herbert accepting. Photos By Kara Clark

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Middleburg Elementary Enrollment Open Academy Plans Middleburg Elementary School will hold an open house for parents of prospective Gala, Auction students in grades K-5 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Middleburg Academy welcomes

will take place at the school, located at 22407 Foxcroft Road, near Middleburg. For more information, call 540-687-5555.

Tuesday, April 10. Middleburg Elementary is one of Loudoun County’s smallest public schools and offers open enrollment for any grade level through the Special Permission for Under Enrolled Schools Policy of Loudoun County Public Schools. Those who live outside the Middleburg Elementary attendance boundary may request that their child attend the school, however those families must provide transportation. Kindergarten registration will begin April 17; any child who will be five on or before Sept. 30, is eligible to enroll. Middleburg Elementary is consistently an award winning school, known for its strong academic curriculum with emphasis in art, music, foreign language and physical education. Middleburg Elementary has one of the highest teacher to student ratios in the county. In addition, there is an after school program for kindergarten, as well as an after school program for first- through fifth-grade students at the Middleburg Community Center. For more information, contact Principal Karen Roche at 540-751-2490 or visit www.

‘Legally Blond’ On Foxcroft Stage

Foxcroft School presents Legally Blond, a stage adaptation of the hit movie, Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. Robyn Yovanovich, chair of Foxcroft’s Fine Arts Department, directs the play, which features a cast of 22. Savannah Guernsey, a 2007 graduate of Foxcroft and 2011 Kenyon College grad, wrote the stage adaptation. The public is welcome to attend the free shows beginning at 8 p.m. at the FoxHound Auditorium at Foxcroft School, 22407 Foxcroft Road, in Middleburg. For more information, call 540-687-4511.

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the public to its 16th Annual Gala and Auction Saturday, April 28. With the theme “Night of the Dragon,” the event will take place in a white tent with the glow of Chinese red lanterns on the school’s historic Mary House lawn. It will feature live music, an Asian-inspired menu and silent and live auctions. Early registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with festivities ending at 11 p.m. Dinner and dessert will be created by Middleburg’s own Tutti Perricone of Back Street Catering and include ahi tuna tartare on crispy wontons, Korean Beef, fried rice and shrimp on a sugar cane skewer. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, contact auction chair Lynn Dimoff at 540-687-5581, ext. 4011.

By Danielle Nadler Staff Writer Yang “Robert” Xu is the exception. When the Shanghai-born teen moved to Berryville and enrolled in Middleburg Academy, he asked to take AP Physics. Science teacher Ann Reimers had never had a sophomore ask to take the advanced course, and even had few juniors in the class. “I was very skeptical of him taking it, but they promised me he knew what he was doing,” she said. “And, turns out, he did.” Xu, now 18, has since proven just how well he grasps science and math. He scored

On March 13, he took the final exam—a grueling three-hour test made up of six demanding questions. The 20 students with the best scores in the nation will be invited to be on the national physics team. The team spends one week at a camp at John Hopkins University with some of the most elite minds in the country. The one hitch for Xu is he’s not eligible to be a member of the final team because he’s not a U.S. citizen, and only holds a student visa. However, he will still receive his exam results. And for Xu that’s enough. He says he’s just eager to know if he ranks among the

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school is completing work on the school’s new student greenhouse.  The 16’ x 20’ “high tunnel” greenhouse is on the school’s three-and-a-half acre campus located at 6800 Piedmont Center Plaza in Gainesville. Once completed, the greenhouse will have growing tables of different heights, which accommodate the different ages of the students. The early childhood development center and private school owned by Kevin Johnson offers extended day nursery school, preschool, private kindergarten and beforeand after-school programs for children up to age 14. “We have assembled a team of expert gardeners including farmers from the Northern Neck and our educators to determine the best plants to grow,” Johnson said. “You can expect to see flowers, vegetables and fruit that the children will take home and our full-service kitchen will incorporate in our lunches and snacks. It is our ultimate goal to get the children excited about nutrition and healthy living choices and we think this greenhouse will accomplish that.”  The gardens will also be used to teach agriculture, promote outdoor physical activity, and understanding plants and their life Continued On Page 11

Photo By Koru Photography Yang “Robert” Xu, a Middleburg Academy junior, is one of two students in Virginia to be named a semifinalist in the 2012 U.S. Physics Team Competition. He is shown in the physics lab at his high school operating a digital data acquisition system for motion testing.

fives (the highest score) on the AP tests, one in mechanics, which he learned in the course, and a second one in electricity and magnetism, a subject he pursued on his own. “He just really loves physics,” Reimers said. “He loves it so much that he studied electricity and magnetism on his own for fun.” His efforts in and outside of the classroom were recently rewarded when he became one of two high school students in Virginia needed to be a semifinalist in the 2012 U.S. Physics Team Competition, a program sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers. The second Virginia semifinalist is a student at Thomas Jefferson High School. To make the cut as a semifinalist, students needed to tally a score of 15 or better on a mechanics exam. Xu scored an 18.5.

nation’s best. “I’ve always loved physics,” he said. “Even when I was little, I loved to know how things worked and had a passion for science, and in middle school I realized how much I was really interested in math. So physics—a combination of the two—is so fascinating to me.” Xu’s comprehension in both math and science is far beyond the toughest course work offered at Middleburg Academy, so Reimers has come up with a custom course just for Xu. He’s reading books on Stephen Hawking’s research on black holes and learning how to apply physics theory. “For this class, it’s just me and him in a room,” Reimers said with a laugh. Next year, Xu’s senior year, Reimers will introduce him to practical applications of physics, such as physics engineering Continued On Page 11


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Cross-Country Walker Passes Through Middleburg By Katharine Boteler Holl For Middleburg Life A motivated and inspirational young man on a mission to support Children’s Miracle Network, a leading children’s charity founded in 1983 “dedicated to raising funds and awareness to improve medical facilities and healthcare for sick and injured children,” passed through Middleburg March 26 enroute to California by foot. Chris Nicholas took a leave of absence from his job and left his hometown, Grand Rapids, MI, to begin his trip from Washington, DC, to Los Angeles, CA, a trip that will take three months to complete. During that time, he has 73 days planned for walking and running and factored in needed rest days and inclement weather. Nicholas departed from Washington March 25 and spent his first night at Briar Patch B&B near Aldie where he was welcomed with complimentary accommodations and sent off with a hearty breakfast early the next day. It was west of Middleburg on his second day that I happened to see him ambling along Rt. 50 pushing his three-wheel jogging cart with the American flag attached and packed with limited and well selected provisions, so I stopped to inquire and we briefly chatted and exchanged cards. He continued on to his

destination for that night, Winchester. After six months of meticulously planning his route and arranging accommodation set at 35-40 mile intervals, and regular training, he was ready to begin his adventure. He contacted schools along his route about visiting and speaking to their groups. He mapped his route with considerable research and decided to take a southerly route through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada to avoid the Rocky Mountains and the desert beyond for an itinerary covering about 2,800 miles. However, he is still faced with rough times ahead with weather conditions. His inspiration came from friends who train and compete in rigorous events. As an avid runner and eager to help others, he chose this charity to benefit families with ill children and largely because donations are kept within the communities in which they are made. With devoted supporters from Grand Rapids backing him, he received his airfare from Michigan to Washington, and from California back home. Another has taken care of the cost of the half dozen pairs of shoes needed for the demanding trip. With the majority of nights taken care of, he has been offered gratis rooms at public establishments along the way, and will stay with individuals through couchsurfing as well. With varying terrain, he must

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Trust Donation To Rebuild Gym A $50,000 donation from the James R.

Wilkins Charitable Trust will be used by the Powhatan School to replace the gym floor with a new hardwood performance court. “The Wilkins family has been a longtime supporter of Powhatan and we are very grateful for their gift today,” Head of School Susan Scarborough said in announcing the gift to the students and faculty. “We are overwhelmed by their generosity to provide the students with a new playing surface.” The donation will benefit both the ath-

letic program and the entire school. “It is something that our school community has talked about for a long time,” Powhatan School Athletic Director Brian Burke said. However, the new hardwood floor is far from being only a boost to the basketball program. “This is a gift that touches each student’s experience here at Powhatan from kindergarten through eighth grade. Volleyball, indoor recreational sports and the entire Lower School physical education program will benefit daily from the new floor.” The new hardwood floor will replace the 20-year-old carpeted gym floor in the Henkel Activities Center, which was built in 1989. “The need to upgrade the facility was something that came to light through meetings with students and parents throughout the fall,” said Scarborough, who has spent much of her first year meeting with groups of students over lunch. The eighth graders and Student Council decided to designate funds they had raised from multiple events to the hardwood floor. “The students came to the staff with the idea to start a campaign to raise money for a new floor as the first step to a legacy for the students who will play sports in the years to come. I think that action by the students appealed to the Wilkins family,” she said.



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and scientific modeling. He will also take courses through John Hopkins University and Stanford University to earn college credit, including multivariable calculus and linear algebra. Reimers says she’s enjoyed crafting classes for Xu. The makeup of the small, private high school makes customized courses possible, she added. Plus, Reimers is just as passionate about physics. She came to Middleburg Academy after working as a submarine engineer using signal processing. She holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and doctorate in electrical engineering. “I love this stuff, too,” she added. No surprise, Xu already has his sights set on a career as a physicist. His ideal workplace would be NASA. To get there, he says, he’ll first need a degree at a top university. “I want to keep learning about physics, and maybe participating in engineering programs,” he said. “My dream is to go to MIT.” Reimers has no doubt Xu will accomplish whatever he sets his mind to. “He is an incredibly curious learner,” she said. “He can solve problems in very creative ways because he can see them in ways others can’t.”

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VA Steeplechase Association Honors Area Horseman When it came time for Baker’s induction into the VSA Hall of Fame, O’Keefe began his accolade by saying, “Anyone elected to a Hall of Fame has the respect of his peers.” Baker is a member of the Virginia Horse Show Association Hall of Fame, the Maryland Association Hall of Fame, and has been involved in the Virginia Pony Breeders Association forever. Baker’s passion for steeplechasing dates back most of his life. Campaigning the Irish-bred Yellow boy in the late ‘70s led Baker into a long relationship with Sunnybank Farm and the Smithwick family. Baker’s report as an owner at CentralEn- covers 15 pages—that’s a lot of history and ‘chasing dreams. When O’Keefe welcomed him to the VSA Hall of Fame, Baker acknowledged the assembly’s standing ovation by rising to his own feet. The gesture was intensely moving as he was seated in a wheelchair, but totally characteristic of this man whose life has been dedicated to horses. Baker wears many hats and expends great energy in support of horse sports. He has served many years as chairman of the Piedmont Foxhounds’ point-to-point, more than 20 years at the helm of the Virginia

Fall Races, and has been secretary/treasurer of the VSA. Heaven help the horse world if this horseman ever decides to “retire” so he can sit back and watch the action unfold like other mere sporting mortals, because Baker’s shoes will be pretty nigh impossible for any one person to fill. [Special thanks to Will O’Keefe for his wonderful notes on the awards and the Hall of Fame inductees, as well as for the incredibly informative central entry website. For information:—for awards and Hall of Fame, go to reports, click organizations and follow the choices from there.]

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By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life The Virginia Steeplechase Association held its awards party at the Middleburg Community Center March 9. This annual tradition featured Will O’Keefe, racing enthusiast and announcer extraordinaire, as emcee, ably assisted by Will Allison. The organizer for this delightful soirée (horse people, open bar and sit-down dinner) was also an important guest of honor. Gary Baker greeted guests as they walked in the door, everyone delighted to see him looking so well and obviously not bested by his recent health challenges.

‘Chasing enthusiasts actively involved in running horses (l-r) Bryan and Brandy McDonald, Gale Johnson, and Gail Clark. Boca Bird gets inducted into the VSA Hall of Fame: everyone who watched Boca Bird run over timber from 1974-1983 loved this game Thoroughbred who never admitted he was beaten. Owned and ridden by Roy “Tennessee” Graham (left) and trained by Tommy Lee Jones, Boca won six timber races, four ladies timber races, ran second 15 times and had 23 third place finishes. He ran against the stars of timber, all HOFers too: Private Gary, Estremadu, Cinzano and Champerty, his fellow inductee.

Will Allison and Jacqueline Ohrstrom whose Demonstrative, runner-up Leading Hurdle Horse trained by Richard Valentine, ridden by Robbie Walsh, showed how everything in racing comes down to the wire: they lost the title by one point.

Leading Horse On The Flat ended in a six-way tie for first place: shown here, trainer Julie Gomena accepted the trophy for her Over Creek Stables LLC’s Alfarabi, ridden by Carl Rafter Randy Rouse listens as Will O’Keefe speaks about his many accomplishments in steeplechasing, especially for owning and training Leading Hurdle Horse One Sea, ridden by Roddy MacKenzie.

Trainer Neil Morris made several trips to the podium: this is his ninth year  as VSA Leading Trainer.

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A Glorious Opportunity Awaits Inspection Meadowkirk Inn & Retreat Is Set on 350+ Acres Along Goose Creek

This month’s featured property offers an exceptional opportunity for the entrepreneurs in our midst. Now on the market is Meadowkirk Inn & Retreat, set on approximately 358 acres just five miles from Middleburg, with 2.5 miles of frontage on scenic Goose Creek. The fully-fenced property includes cliffs where arrowheads attest to the presence of a Native American camp generations ago, and where the classic manor house and a stunning historic stone barn complement the 20-room inn. The extraordinary landscaping is an added point for celebration, and there is a stocked pond that is within ambling distance of the home and inn. The property currently is on the market, listed at $16,000,000 by Paul MacMahon of Sheridan-MacMahon Ltd. The bucolic landscape provides a warm and welcoming introduction to the property, which combines classic style with modern-thinking amenities. We’ll begin our exploration in the manor house, which dates back to 1905 and has the classic accoutrements of that earlier era. The Georgian styling includes a yellow exterior, quite typical of the period. It was built for one John Rucker, who – according to research by Gene Scheel presented in 2004 – is something of a mystery in the local area, having left little for researchers to discern. That adds to the

ambiance! Heart-of-pine flooring, copper gutters, a metal roof, six fireplaces, 10-foot ceilings and a two-level flagstones terrace are among the highlights of the main house, which is home to eight bedrooms, eight full baths and two half baths. The inn was constructed in 2009 to exacting standards, with traditional hotel-like amenities and stylish features. Each of the 20 guest rooms includes two beds and a private bath, and the facilities also include a conference room, large living room (with kitchenette) and elevator.

Beyond this compound, there is much to see. The stone barn began life as a 19thcentury plank barn, and has been renovated and expanded to serve as a visually and aesthetically desirable meeting space. Here, 120 people can be accommodated, and there are floor-to-ceiling windows, a dining center, commercial kitchen and indoor and outdoor fire circles. According to the research noted earlier, the barn was burned by Union troops during the Civil War, because owner Benjamin Franklin Carter had been supplying grain and food to Mosby’s Raiders and other

Confederates. Three cottages were constructed around the same time as the inn. Each sleeps up to 18 people, bunk-style, and each includes restroom facilities, a large meeting space and an indoor fireplace. Also on the estate is a log cabin (circa 1850) with two bedrooms, a bath and fireplace; two new staff houses; a 19th-century stone-and-frame guest house; tenant house; observatory, pool and dressing rooms; stone smokehouse; water-treatment plant; and so much more. From its Native American provenance to its wartime history right up to the present day, this property has played an integral role in the life of the community. And for the right person, it represents a special opportunity. Articles are prepared by Middleburg Life’s real estate advertising department on behalf of clients. For information on the home, contact the listing agent. For information on having a house reviewed, contact the Middleburg Life real estate advertising department at (571) 333-6273.

Facts for buyers

Address: 38012 Delta Farm Lane, Middleburg. Listed at: $16,000,000 by Paul MacMahon, Sheridan-MacMahon Ltd. (540) 687-5588.


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Pohick Farm

Middleburg, Virginia • $16,000,000

Middleburg, Virginia • $7,500,000

Delaplane, Virginia • $4,850,000

358 acres • 8 BR Manor house • 6 FP • Heart of pine floors • 10’ ceilings • Inn w/20 rooms all w/private baths • Conference room • Stone barn can accommodate 120 guests • 3 cottages • Log cabin • Pool & pool house • Observatory • Picnic pavilion • 2 miles of Goose Creek frontage Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

164 acres in Orange County Hunt • Main house of stone construction • 4 bedrooms plus an in-law suite • Pool • Tennis court • 20 stall center aisle stable • Farm office • 1/16 mile indoor track • Guest house • Also available on 264 acres for $10,500,000 Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

265 acres with postcard valley views • 4 bedroom home • Pool • Pool house • Rental house • 3 creeks • 1 pond • Great for horses, cattle or vineyard • Also available on 464 acres for $6,850,00 Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

Trough Hill Farm

Fox Valley Farm

Hidden Brook Farm

Middleburg, Virginia • $3,900,000

Marshall, Virginia • $1,950,000

Unison, Virginia • $1,550,000

103 acres • 1800’s Virginia farmhouse • 9 fireplaces • 5 bedrooms • Guest house • Pool house/game room • Gorgeous stone walls, terraces and garden walls • Pond • Barns Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

Historic property on 32 acres in Orange County Hunt • 1st floor master, den, grand salon, English kitchen with large DR & billiard room • 2nd kitchen/ bar leads to patio, pool & guest cottage • 7 stall barn adjoins 3 BR, 2 BA farm manager's house Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588 Walter Woodson (703) 499-4961

25 acres • Bright open floor plan • 1st floor bedroom • Pool • 16 stall stable with apartment • Lighted stone dust arena • Great ride out Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

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Delaplane, Virginia • $1,499,999

Boyce, Virginia • $1,490,000

Philomont, Virginia • $685,000

100 acre parcel • Spectacular building site • Mostly open farmland with some mature forest • Great views of the protected Cobbler Valley • Creek and stream run though the property with large pond site • 4 BR perc certification Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588 Margaret Carroll (540) 454-0650

109 mountain top acres • Unbelievable western views • Hunters’ paradise • 3 bedrooms • 2 fireplaces • Gourmet kitchen • 3 car garage • Energy efficient Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

Charming, spacious 1840's Victorian in village of Philomont • 5 BRs, 4 BAs • Separate carriage house with 1BR, 1 bath and loft • Hardwood floors • Pressed tin ceiling • Wrap-around porch • Lovely yard Alix Coolidge (703) 625-1724

Lime Kiln Road

Historic House in Paris Paris, Virginia • $485,000

Delaplane, Virginia • $450,000

Wonderfully maintained; open floor plan; first-floor master suite • 4BRs, 3.5BAs, fireplace, well-appointed kitchen • Perfect full-time or weekend home across from historic Goose Greek • Minutes from Leesburg, Middleburg, major DC routes Walter Woodson (703) 499-4961

Circa 1890 • Unobstructed views of the protected Paris Valley • 3 BR • Additional 2 BR in-law suite w/second kitchen • Detached garage • Unlimited possibilities Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930 Walter Woodson (703) 499-4961

Unusual opportunity • Commercial Zoning • 3,800 sf • 2 separate apartments • Each with 2 bedrooms • Large additional outbuilding • Great possibilities Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588

Leesburg, Virginia • $575,000

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Steeped in Piedmont Hunt History, the land and manor home of Clifton Farm is understated elegance. As one crests the knoll of the long winding drive the home sits nestled in its own protected environment of 297 acres of some of the most beautifully open and rolling land. Tremendous Easement Potential. $6,999,000

199 acres in the heart of the Orange County Hunt Territory s 5 Bedroom Georgian Manor sFormal living and dining rooms s Solarium s Pools c.1801 Patent house, 2 tenant houses Horse facilities include an indoor arena with 13 stalls, paddocks and fields with run-ins. & apartment and pond. In a VOF Conservation Easement. $6,500,000

Custom Built English style stone/stucco 3-story home s4 Bedrooms, Large Master, In-law suite with separate entrance sSlate Roof, Game Room, Theatre, Study, Custom Kitchen, 4 Stone Fireplaces sExtensive Horse Facilities s18 Stall Barn s2 Stall Barn s14 Paddocks sLarge Ring. $6,500,000
















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Exquisite details throughout this incredible 12 bedroom Georgian Revival manor home built in 1936. Situated on over 191 acres. This lovely home boasts a Reception Hall and a white Carrara marble Flying Staircase accessing 3 levels. Over 1/2 mile of Rappahannock River frontage, spectacular views, springs, ponds and rolling pasture




Near Middleburg sBeautiful Brick Georgian style home built in the mid 19th century on 165 acres s7 Bedrooms, 8 Full Baths, 2 Half Baths s double Parlor/Living Room, Paneled Library, Dining Room sPool s4 Bedroom Tenant House s9 Stall StablesConservation EasementsPiedmont Hunt. $4,500,000










Awe-inspiring Federal manor home on 200+ acres outside of Paris s 4 Bedrooms s 4 ½ Baths s 12 ½‘ Ceilings s 25’ columns s Original Millwork and Authentic Hardware Throughout s 8 Original Fireplace Mantels s Professional Equestrian Facilities s Carriage House s Manager’s Cabin s Complete renovation in 2006 s Stunning views and more $4,250,000

Sought after Springs Road location. Spectacular, verdant 182 acres with Rappahannock River frontage and pond. Beautifully protected views of the mountains, charming 3 bedroom, 1 bath cottage with living room, library/study, kitchen and breakfast room. Access road to be shared. $3,640,000

164 acres in an ideal location. Beautiful Open and wooded land near Bluemont in the heart of Piedmont Hunt Territory with spectacular mountain views and scenic vistas and great home sites. Open Space Easement and Fox Hunting Easement. Property is in 2 parcels and may or may not be combined. $3,034,000


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Outstanding equestrian training facility. 111 acres in 3 parcels includes regulation polo field, cross country courses, outdoor ring, indoor arena, 5/8 mile track, 3-acre lake for swimming, stabling for 50 horses in 3 barns, 20 paddocks, main house/office, tenant house, 2 apart$2,500,000 ments.

51+ acre farm with a beautiful 5 BR home with gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, great views, pool, flagstone terrace and carriage house - extensive horse facilities - 9 stall barn, covered arena, outdoor arena, 7 paddocks, 4 stall shed row barn, machine shed $2,350,000

Historic circa 1845 home on 32 acres in Orange County Hunt s1st floor Master sDen sDramatic Grand Salon sEnglish Kitchen slarge Dining Rooms Billiard Room sSmall 2nd Kitchen/Bar leads to Patio, Pool & charming Guest Cottage s7 Stall barn adjoins 3 bedroom, 2 bath Managers house. $1,950,000




Circa 1878 sExquisite brick Victorian on 52 open acres near Middleburg sElegant Dining Room sFormal Living Room s12' Ceilings s4 Levels sGreat Mountain Views sBeautiful Stable with 1 Bedroom Apartment sRun-In Sheds sOut Buildings and more. $3,950,000


Unique Italianate-Palladian inspired villa sNestled on a ridge above Goose Creek sBuilt by architect/owner s4,600+ sq ft stucco home s4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 2 master suites, terra cotta tile floors, fireplace, and gourmet kitchen sExtensive landscaping sFormal gardens sCourtyard sPool with pergola sGuest house. $2,750,000

181 acres of beautiful rolling farm land overlooking Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. Views of the Bull Run Mountains on the east. This offering includes a 3-bedroom house, tenant house, two cottages, 8-stall barn, 6-stall barn, 3 sheds, one with silo, and building site. Sold as one piece or two parcels. $2,700,000

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Gently rolling triangle shaped parcel of mostly open land; 22.9 acres bounded by US Routes 17, 845 and 245 across from Great Meadow. Property has multiple divisional rightsand is now in land use. Prime potential for easement with tax credits. Seller reserves right to deed restrict the property to 4 houses.

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Spring Brings New Art Exhibits At Byrne Gallery, NSLM It’s finally springtime and the arts are once again back in full bloom. If you are up for a little spring walk around town or The Plains there is lots to see this season with plenty of events to mark on your calendar. Here is just a sampling of what is on view in April: Byrne Gallery The Byrne Gallery is proud to pres-


On the Arts ent “Prelude to Spring,” its new exhibition of oil paintings, watercolors and multimedia works for April. Three noted painters, Jim Rodgers, Carolyn Grosse Gawarecki and Barbara Borck-Hart were chosen for this show, which welcomes the sunshine of much-awaited spring inside the Gallery.




There will be a reception to honor the artists from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Rodgers’ oils are rooted in classicism and portray his mastery of Dutch still lifes, as well as his easy command of impressionistic and romantic landscapes. Gawarecki’s watercolors are known nationally and have earned her more than 200 awards and membership in the prestigious National Watercolor Society and the Watercolor USA Honor Watercolor Society. Transparent light passes through the watery layers of pigment to create the tissue thinness of a petal or the feathery shadow cast by dappled sun. Borck-Hart’s oil and oil pastel paintings create the dreamy dance of color that embodies the feeling of the new season with soft breezes and lush flower beds crowded with blossoms. The work of all three artists creates a splendid exhibit where you will sense the scent of spring in the air. The Byrne Gallery is located at 7 W. Washington St. in Middleburg. It is an event that is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. The show will continue through the end of April. Gallery hours are


Monday and Tuesday by appointment only; Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at 540-687-6986. Grace Church Celebrates 65 Years Of Promoting Area Artists This year Grace Church celebrates its 65th spring art show featuring the work of area artists at the Piedmont Regional Art Show & Sale May 11-13.  Begun as the Neighborhood Art Show, the exhibit and sale in Grace Church Parish Hall is always a highlight of spring, and will be held Mother’s Day weekend. Exhibitors and patrons receive complimentary admission to the gala opening Friday, May 11. Proceeds support church ministries and the continuation of this rich tradition. Entry forms are due postmarked on or by April 18, with a limit of two per artist, with work to be delivered Wednesday, May 9. Entry and sponsor forms can be downloaded from the website, received by email to or by

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mail by calling 540-253-5177. National Sporting Library and Museum “Shooting Flying” in Literature and Art March 16 – June 30 This exhibition introduces visitors to the range of literature on shooting wild fowl in the library’s collection. Books on display range from the 18th century through the 21st. Works of art from the NSLM collection and from private lenders enrich the exhibit. Of special interest is an emphasis on the 20th century American sporting print. Nineteenth century ephemera provide an opportunity to view early shotguns and decoys. The exhibition is in the library’s Forrest E. Mars, Sr. Exhibit Hall. The exhibition takes its name from PTERYPLEGIA: Or, The Art of SHOOTING-FLYING, A POEM, by Mr. Markland, A.B., fellow of St. John’s College in Oxford, and published in 1717. The book, of which the National Sporting Library and Museum has a third edition (1767), is one of the earliest works in English to give instructions Continued On Page 20

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how to shoot flying birds with a gun. In his prose introduction and in his rhymed poetic text, Markland gives practical advice on game birds, shooting, and safety. “Shooting Flying” runs through June 30. Also at the NSLM Scraps: British Sporting Drawings from the Paul Mellon Collection April 6 – June 30


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with which to indulge a personal vision of the animals, sport and country pursuits they encountered and observed directly. The works in this exhibition are drawn entirely from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. As noted in his autobiography, Mellon was a great admirer of works of art that showcase an artist’s direct experience of his or her subject: “Preliminary drawings or sketches in oil or pastel often have an immediacy and emotional appeal far greater than the final canvas.” Admission to the NSLM is free and open to researchers and the general public. Library

“Scraps: British Sporting Drawings from the Paul Mellon Collection,” takes its title from Henry Alken’s series of drawings and prints that depict varied and oftenhumorous episodes of sporting and country life. The drawings on view in these galleries feature artists’ attempts to capture these transitory experiences—those that might not seem momentous enough for grand works of sporting art but are, for many, the very essence of sport and country life. Those who commissioned paintings such as the works on display in the Paul Mellon Collection in the adjacent galleries often valued a formal vision of sport that conformed to established traditions and motifs. This exhibition, however, celebrates drawings and the greater freedom they allowed artists hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays. Museum hours are from 10 a.m.-4 pm. Wednesday-Saturday and from noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Both the library and museum are closed on federal holidays. For more information, visit At top, Henry Heath’s (English, active ca. 1850) “Caricature of a Shooting Subject: 1st September, Evening,” pen, ink and watercolor with gouache. At left, “Two Greyhounds: One Standing, One Lying Down,” pen and brown ink by Sir Edwin Landseer R.A. (English, 1802-1873). Images Courtesy of VMFA, Paul Mellon Collection, photographer Travis Fullerton


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People vs Behaviors “You are what you do” blare the messages from our cultural daily diet. Our identity is so wrapped up in actions, job titles, and labels that, when stripped of them, we are often lost, having little with which to self-identify. It is confusing to my self worth when I am praised for my dress size or my status, when those things are not representative of my soul and nature. And it is just as to my Life Coaching confusing self worth if, when I make a mistake, I am treated as a bad person, when in fact it was a bad choice or behavior that I made. An alcoholic is not a bad person, they have made bad choices. A rebellious teenager is not a bad person, though they might make bad, even dangerous choices. Often it is due to a lack of self worth that folks turn to bad, destructive behaviors to begin with. Recently I heard a story about some inmates 15 years ago who were given a chance to work with Life Coaches. It was clear to the coaches that these prisoners were fixated on their fundamental “bad-ness,” and they viewed their crimes as definitive proof. The coaches worked to help the inmates separate their personhood from the crimes they had committed, in no way condoning their crimes, but allowing them to see that they were a full human being who had done something bad. For the first time some of them began to see themselves as a person who could be good, who had potential. (One of them even became a coach, serving out


his life sentence in prison and working to help other prisoners claim their self worth and thus change their behaviors in the future for good). Another story was told to me of a woman with a history of instability and irrational actions who was finally diagnosed with schizophrenia and given the correct medication. Upon leaving the psychiatric hospital she returned to life where everyone treated her as damaged and broken. Then a coach asked her about her time in the institution and what it felt like to have lived through her undiagnosed years. She turned with tears in her eyes and said, “Everyone sees me as a patient or a problem but you see me as a whole person.” That coach saw her as a person with an illness, restoring confidence in her ability to live a meaningful life even with her illness. And how many stories do we all know of a kid who went down the “wrong” path but when someone was able to reach out and say “I see you. I see your potential,” the child’s life changed forever! No, I’m not suggesting that if we all just believed in ourselves and each other all problems would disappear and no one would make bad choices ever again. But I am suggesting that by developing self worth, our own and in others, destructive actions could be significantly reduced. We can start by paying more attention to the person behind the behaviors, the human being in front of us who yearns to be recognized as worthy, good, and whole. Just like you.

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Mary Louise Vivanco, 89, of Thistlepunk Farm in Middleburg, died March 10 at Inova Loudoun Hospital from complications of a recurring illness. She was born in Palo Alto, CA, Oct. 4, 1922. She attended Palo Alto High School, graduating in 1940. She joined the early wave of women pursuing higher education and went on to graduate from Stanford University. Her attraction to the academic life led her to a career at the Stanford University Graduate School where she worked for 20 years before retirement. An avid gardener, she found time to volunteer at Filoli, an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Redwood City, CA, and at the Elizabeth Gamble Garden, a non-profit community horticultural foundation, located in Palo Alto, south of San Francisco. She strongly supported the mission of both organizations: preservation and appreciation of our historical heritage with sensitivity to our environment and natural resources. She also was an active member of the American Horticultural Society where she wrote articles for the society’s publication and did botanical illustration. Upon arrival in Virginia she found outlets for her gardening passion at the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy in Boyce, where she continued to garden and to illustrate. She was also active in the Loudoun County Preservation Society. She is survived by her children: Alan Vivanco and wife Karen in Grass Valley, CA; Claudia Vivanco and husband Tony in Berryville, and Sara Ajayi-dopemu, Palo Alto, CA.; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Rodrigo, a retired Prudential Insurance executive and her two siblings, sister Dorothy and brother George, both of California. The family will honor her wishes for cremation and a memorial service will be held in California later in the summer. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to a local food bank or free clinic. [Hall Funeral Home]


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Endless Mountain with Mary Motion up and at right, beat Cat Walkin and rider Annie Yeager to win the Ladies Races.

Blue Ridge Photos by Douglas Lees

From left: Kinross Farm’s Just Say Boo with Chris Read, up led Chiaro (Nick Carter) and Zulla Road (Charles McCann) to the finish in Maiden timber race.

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Benjamin C. Swope rode Incaseyouraminer to win the C. Reed Thomas, MFH Memorial race.

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Alex James, representing Snickersville Hounds, on Oliver.

George Hundt, representing Radnor Hunt on Westbound Road.

Warrenton Photos by Richard Clay


Preston Moore rode Black Thunder and teamed with Russell Moore on WILLAPA. They represented Snickersville Hounds.

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Gray Carr Bridgers, Trophy Committee Chair and Cricket Bedford.

Whodoyoucallit with Alex Thomas up took first place in the Maiden Hurdle race.


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Exercise Can Help Ease The Symptoms Of Parkinson’s Some of us at one time or another will face major challenges in our life. One of those challenges might be a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. We might be struck with fear and even afraid to continue or start an exercise program. Every new symptom might fill us with anxiety, which leads us to curtail our activities and may even make us feel depressed. Exercise might be a link to help

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you overcome the anxiety and depression of Parkinson’s. Exercise also has the potential to increase flexibility, build strength, improve balance and posture, increase core strength and overall well-being. Walking is one of the best forms of cardio exercise and so beneficial. Even 15 minutes three times a week is a bonus to your cardio system, 30-45 minutes is a strong boost. Enlisting a friend to join you in your walks is a motivating factor and will

keep you going even when you feel you don’t want to. Flexibility exercises that target all the major muscles as well as the superficial muscles will help with the rigidity of Parkinson’s and help you maintain your range of motion. Core strength which is vital for balance and posture is a must in your program. Pilates is one of the best ways to get true core strength. Light weights are beneficial for building strength. Always start with low weight and low repetitions. Don’t forget to exercise your face muscles and your hands. While this might seem silly, Parkinson’s affects all the muscles including the face, hands and feet. Simple face exercises such as looking surprised, frowning or smiling will help. Touching the tip of each finger to the thumb is a great way to exercise your fingers. Breathing exercises with full concentration helps to relieve anxiety and your muscles love having all the extra oxygen. There is so much you can do to help take charge of Parkinson’s and not let it take charge of you. Before starting an exercise program discuss it with your doctor and always start out slow and work up. Always stop and rest when you feel tired. Overexertion can exaggerate

Parkinson’s symptoms. While exercise won’t cure Parkinson’s, it will help improve the quality of your life. If you or someone you know suffers from Parkinson’s take the time to talk to your doctor about exercise. Exercise is beneficial for you and it will help with some of the symptoms of Parkinsons. Parkinson’s is but



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Tick Time And Temperature This mild winter and early, very warm, spring temperatures bode well for ticks but not for us. Since deer ticks become active at temperatures above 40 degrees, it is safe to say that they have probably been active most of the winter. Now is the time to start thinking about how the number of deer ticks has increased in recent years and what can you do to protect yourself and your family. Deer ticks are carriers of Lyme disease, a bacterial infection that is spread to humans and pets by tick bites. 25 percent of blacklegged or deer ticks carry the disease. Deer ticks are very small, about the size of the head of a pin. Deer do not get the disease. They just carry the ticks into areas where there is human activity. Perfect deer/tick habitat is woodlands and places that have shrubbery. In short, anywhere there is tall vegetation. Ticks cannot fly or hop. They crawl up brush or weeds, reaching out with their front legs to grab onto a host. The identifying Lyme disease bite has long been accepted as the development of a bull’s eye looking pattern, but ONLY 9% of the bites have the classic bull’s eye. Other equally dangerous bites can be anything from a red bump to a rash. Most light skinned people will notice an enlarging rash days to weeks after the tick bite. So observing the bite is only a partial clue. The real clues come from the first symptoms which are usually flu like. Lyme requires a clinical diagnosis based on signs such as fatigue, headache, joint pain and/or swelling, muscle aches and fever. Blood tests can be unreliable. The first line of defense is prevention, and that begins with how you dress. The Lyme Disease Foundation (LDF) recommends wearing light colored clothing so ticks are easier to see and remove. Tuck


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pants legs into socks, tuck shirt into pants and wear a hat. The second line of defense is to spray your outdoor outfits with an insecticide containing Deet or a strong chemical called Permetherin, which is to be sprayed on clothing only, and not be worn until it has dried. Permetherin will kill ticks on contact. It is sold in spray cans and can be found by “Googling” the word. It lasts through several washings. The use of Permetherin goes one step further, and might be worthwhile if you have had previous acute problems on your property. There is a company that sells tubes, the size of a toilet paper center that is stuffed with cotton balls laced with Permetherin. The mice will find these and take the cotton to make a nest. This will not kill the mice, but when the ticks arrive, the mice and the nest will contain the instant tick killing insecticide. Since the ticks seek Whitefooted mice as their primary source of food this is the most effective way to remove ticks from an area. “Google” this at Permetherin Tubes. They are not cheap, but if you have children that play outside and have had numerous tick bites it will be worth the expense, and maybe safer than putting it on their clothing, or Deet on their skin. However, as you can imagine, this is only effective at getting some, but not all of the ticks. You must still check family members nightly. There is a great deal being written about deer ticks and Lyme disease these days because the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas of the U.S. have heavy tick concentrations. Western Loudoun and Northern Fauquier are especially heavily hit recently, so this is something on which we all need to be focused. Don’t change your lives to be safe, just make a plan to protect yourself and create new habits for living in the out of doors. Using the above information you should be able to enter the tick season much more confident that you will have a safe and fun summer. [Marcia Woolman is a long time columnist for Middleburg Life and the Virginia Sportsman Magazine. She is a freelance writer specializing in fly fishing and conservation.]


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Reinvent Your Abundance You might be thinking: “I had abundance but now I have nothing. Those #@$& in Congress can’t figure out how to get our economy on track.” Perhaps you lost your job and replaced it with one that pays half what you used to earn. You had to file personal bankruptcy or you lost your business or home. This long term down economy has impacted our financial abundance and shifted our beliefs inside out about owning

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a home and the American Dream. You can stay in the past, full of blame, feeling angry and bitter about “what was” versus “what is.” Or you can choose to see the lessons about abundance that are here for you…now…today. I am going to challenge your view of what is enough and what is too much. I am going to ask you to consider a new belief about abundance. By the end of this article you might realize that money is important and necessary, but comprises a small part of a rich life. Money & Food We are being “forced” to have a new and healthier relationship with money. Again, you ask, what does that mean? Think of money the way you think of food. Food is fuel. Money pays the bills. When you eat more than your body needs on a daily basis, you are likely to become obese and have other health complications. When you spend more than you make so that credit card payments and large mortgages rule your life, you are likely to find yourself hiring a bankruptcy attorney. When you think of money like food, it releases the attachments we have put on it in the past. An illusion was created that the economy would continue to rise indefinitely. This illusion allowed banks to make unwise loans and we went crazy with credit card debt. We couldn’t get enough. We lost our way. We are living the consequences of these illusions. Needs Versus Wants Learning what is “enough” is discovering the difference between needs and wants. Want sometimes implies lack: try thinking about your wants in terms of what you desire. If money is like food, how much do you need? Wants—cravings like cake and ice cream—can be enjoyed occasionally and we can stay healthy. What are the few wants you choose to keep in your life and what can

go? Do you need a 10,000-square-foot home and a $100,000 car? Or is a 2,500-squarefoot home and $20,000 car enough? If you like the finer clothes, maybe you only shop at Nordstrom for a few essentials, and do the rest of your shopping elsewhere. If you like the finer cars, maybe you go to Carmax and buy a used high-end vehicle to drive. To bring it one step further, if you love quality and service, you can find it other places than the most expensive stores. You can find your occasional “wants” of Pradas and Vuitton on Craig’s list and no one will know! Discerning your needs versus wants; learning that more is not better; new is not necessary; and where to find the best deals on the things you love - are great lessons to bring forward out of this economy. Your Abundance List Abundance has many meanings, especially plentifulness or a large quantity, as well as prosperity. If your abundance is no longer about more things or bigger stuff, and if too much risk and debt can, in the long run, bring you to a place where you are not comfortable...what is it about? If you can’t count on the economy, the housing market, or the stock market…what can you count on? Get out a pencil and paper. It’s time to create a new definition of abundance by asking yourself four questions. Question #1: What is currently in your life that is “too much”? How can you shift this today? “Too much” can create anxiety in your life. A house that is clutter-filled. Credit card bills, mortgages, or car payments that keep you living on the edge. These are just a couple of examples where “too much” can keep you awake at night. When you discern your wants versus your needs; when you desire freedom versus things; you can begin making decisions to pare down and make space for less anxiety and more joy. Abundance is about joy! Question #2: What positive shifts occurred in your life, because of this down economy, that have made it richer? Are you spending more time with your children and spouse, developing a new relationship with them? Are you cooking more at home and therefore eating better, because it’s a healthier and more economical alternative to eating out? Are you finding interesting places to visit locally that you had never seen before? Question #3: What financial mistakes will you not make again? What valuable lessons about money, finances, and investments have you learned that you can take with you as the economy starts to rise again? Question #4: What things in your life can you never have “too much” of? If we stop to re-think what abundance means, we realize that it involves matters of importance to the

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mind and spirit, as well as to the physical assets of money and wealth. What makes you laugh? What brings you joy? What makes you peaceful? This, in my opinion, is the MOST important question. When we really look, we realize that our life is already filled with abundance even with a lack of money! Or, to put it very simply: is your glass half empty or half full? As an energy worker, I don’t believe that 2012 is about the end of the world. 2012 is about leaving the old behind. It is about a shifting of beliefs and “musts”—about lessons and coming back to our core. By creating a new definition of abundance without the old filters you are guaranteed to stay abundant in the future—no matter what it holds. Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain. May your life be filled with abundance. [Cindy Battino is a Brennan Healing Science practitioner who operates Transformational Healing at 2 S. Hamilton St. in Middleburg. You can find out more online at, or call her at 703-966-7620.]

new ideas for solutions and different ways of approaching the problem, he maintains. Panebianco’s wife is an elementary school nurse at Unionville Elementary in Orange County. Eventually the couple hopes to find a permanent home location that will enable both of them to commute to their separate jobs. When Panebianco arrives in Middleburg, he will head a police force which has seen the recent promotion of Police Officer Charles M. “Mike” Prince to Senior Police Officer, a position created by the Town Council to recognize officers who provide outstanding service to the department over a minimum four-year period and to provide opportunities for advancement within the department. Prince will be the first to hold the position. A Middleburg police officer since 2007, Prince was recognized for having served as acting chief and for his loyal and excellent service to the town. In a statement, Klugh said he appreciated the “assistance and guidance Mike has provided to me during my time as chief, and I am sure he will continue to serve the department and the town well.” Klugh was appointed to the top police position last summer following the retirement of former Chief Steve Webber.

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Locals Ride At Rolex With Olympics In Mind By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, April 26-29 is the only four-star in North America. Concours Complet International **** (CCI****) is the technical term: it means the big time. This year Rolex will serve as a major steppingstone for riders who applied to participate in the US Selections Trials process for the 2012 London Olympics. It takes years and years to get to this level. In fact, a rider can work for years and years and still not get to Rolex; ditto for the horse. It’s not like anything else out there. Eventing is often called the equestrian triathlon for good reason. Middleburg and surrounding communities can claim a number of outstanding equestrians. Several have won Rolex, including Jimmy Wofford (1981, Carawich, and 1986, The Optimist), Torrance Watkins (1980, Poltroon) and Julie Gomena (1994, Treaty). Quite a few have competed in the Olympics, Pan Ams and World Equestrian Games. Three-day riders just keep going and going: this is a sport in which men and women compete as equals and where age isn’t as important as how fit and how determined you are. If the premature arrival of spring has already delivered days of late June heat and bugs, along with a rash of lawn mowing and weed-whacking, what on earth can we expect for July and August? Ah well, best


Horsing Around not to dwell on the prospect of sweltering temps, humidity that produces fuzzy green leather in tack rooms and humongous insects capable of carrying away small animals. Let’s focus on the fact that the equestrian calendar is simply chock-a-block with lots of seriously fun things. Without further ado, let’s jump right into it... News Bits Here are a few highlights about what’s going on in the surrounding equestrian and rural communities. Amy Potter moved “Country Way,” the lovely retail flower and gift shop in Middleburg, to a studio in Upperville. “Country Way Floral & Event Design Studio” will continue to provide their signature floral

The US Selection Trials consist of four major competitions this spring: two fourstars, Rolex Kentucky and Badminton (UK), and two three-stars, Jersey Fresh and Saumur (FRA). Selectors also will consider results from 11 selection trials during the past year. Riders have until June 17 to qualify, which means some might run at Bromont (CAN), a major three-star, or at Luhmuhlen (GER). After that, selectors will name 15 horse-rider combinations from which the short list of 10 horses and riders will be chosen. The short list will fly to the UK to compete in the Barbury Castle Horse Trials, June 28-July 1. This three-star has been described as the “clash of the Titans” since it will be the final outing for horses and riders who will be competing in the London Olympics. After the final vet evaluation on July 2, the U.S. team of five horse-rider combinations will be announced. Here is the local “who’s who of eventing” in terms of Rolex, which might just mean a ticket to London to compete in the Olympic 3-day event, July 28-31. Karen O’Connor is going all-out with two rides at Rolex: Mr. Mendicott, a relatively new ride who competed in the Olympics and designs for weddings, occasions and special events, but are expanding their services to include event styling. Amy is excited to coordinate all the details of special events from weddings to fundraisers to golden anniversaries. Stay tuned for the story in the May issue of Middleburg Life. Calling all animal lovers with a timely reminder that Middleburg Humane Foundation hopes to enlist your support for its ongoing efforts to rescue and find great adoptive “second chance” homes for the animals. Coming events on the calendar include two adoption events at PetSmart in Gainesville Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, May 6, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. Wylie Wagg and Barrel Oak Winery will sponsor an adoption event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21, in Middleburg. Take advantage of reduced costs to safeguard your pets at Middleburg Humane’s Rabies Clinic April 14: $10 each for 1year rabies, distemper, bordetella vaccines; $15/three-year rabies (must have proof of current rabies); micro-chipping and bundle packages are also available. No appointment is necessary—plan your arrival at Middleburg Humane’s shelter at Whiting Road and Rt. 55 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Head’s up: all felines must be in carriers and dogs on leashes. Fauquier Paws On The Path (face-

Allison Springer and Arthur are hoping that their fifth Rolex is the charm, especially with London on the horizon. Photo by Lauren R. Giannini

World Equestrian Games with Frank Ostholt (GER), and Veronica, a debutante at the fourstar level. Karen herself is a veteran international competitor who rode in her first Olympics in 1988. Every Rolex is uber-important, but this one holds major significance. David and Karen O’Connor can be considered a “first family of eventing” and there isn’t enough room to list all their accomplishments and awards. They have won at least three Rolexes each. They have ridden together at several Olympics, earning team silver in 1996 at Atlanta and team bronze in 2000 at Sydney where David harvested individual gold. He retired from competition and took on the presidency of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, but his term is almost up. Stephen Bradley won Rolex in 1996 with Dr. Doolittle. He competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and the next year became the second American to win Burghley (UK). His achievements include team gold at the 2003 Pan Ams and six finishes in the top 10 at Rolex since 2004. Leyland, his ride for this year’s Rolex, is an off-the-track Thoroughbred with three four-stars to his credit. In the early stages Continued On Next Page from 4:30-7:30 p.m. April 28, will offer a great walk on the two-mile loop of the Northern Fauquier Community Park, treats for your dogs and a training demonstration in the amphitheatre. A meeting for volunteers will be held from 10 a.m.-noon May 5 at the new farm shelter property. For information, visit http://middleburghumane. org. Middleburg Arts Project will present its first event, “Art In The Burg,” from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at The Parish House, located at 105 E. Washington St. Seven local and regional artists will be on hand during the one-day show and sale. The event also benefits the Middleburg Humane Foundation with a special raffle of two original works, which have been donated by sculptor Peter Wood and potter Jason Alexander. If you can’t attend “Art In The Burg” in person, please purchase your raffle tickets in advance to help the Middleburg Humane Foundation with its move to a new 30-acre facility. For information, visit Point-to-Points & Pace Events The 2012 Virginia point-to-point season and the hunter pace series have been off and running, even though Mother Nature dumped lashings of rain in March.

Take heart: there is racing every weekend in April. By the time you read this, Orange County’s point-to-point ran Sunday, April 1, with their hunter pace contested the day before. Next on the ‘chasing calendar is Old Dominion Hounds Saturday, April 7, at Ben Venue Farm: go west from Warrenton on Rt. 211 for about 16 miles and look for the right turn on Rt. 729, Ben Venue Road. Old Dominion puts up a big sign to help guide visitors. The races are about ½ mile on the right. If you’re quick, you have enough time to plan a tailgate, reserve a parking spot or show up at the gate and pay for general admission. The first race, Junior Field Masters Chase, starts at noon. The card includes four timber, three hurdle and two flat races. FYI: Old Dominion runs its hunter pace Sunday, April 8, at the same venue, Ben Venue Farm—first pairs start at 1 p.m. Bull Run Hunt’s hunter pace takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at Peacock Farm in Culpeper. On Sunday April 15, ‘chasing enthusiasts gather at Oatlands Plantation near Leesburg. First race goes to the post at 12:30 p.m. Keep in mind that the racecourse circles and crosses the main drive into Oatlands in two places. If you Continued On Next Page


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Great Meadow’s Countdown To Polo “Get out your calendars, because counting to six was never this much fun,” exhorts Great Meadow President Rob Banner. “Start on May 13th, that’s just six days before Twilight Polo opens and every night that week will be filled with social enterprise at one area after another. We’re getting ready for a ‘Countdown to Polo!” The crew at Great Meadow has been gearing up for the new season. The six night “Countdown to Polo” will culminate with the opening night of play on the 19th. It features the ever-popular Fashion Show, sponsored by Jordache, during the half-time that splits the matches that start at 7 p.m. “Leading players are back in town for a summer of fun, games and polo style after snowbirding for the winter in Florida and Aiken,” states Banner. “We’re looking for the attendance records set last year to be broken earlier this season because the warm weather has the natives restless and ready for sport and Great Meadow’s Twilight Polo brings fast-paced action to fun in the arena.” the arena on Saturdays starting on May 19. That means you’d better Photo by Lauren R. Giannini  dust off your “A” game and be prepared to dance all night to a DC deejay who will set the tone, the rhythm and the beat for the entire 17-week season ending September 8th.   “Our announcer Ray Regan, who just came back from polo in Brazil with player Bash Kazi, tells us that Maxim models and a few former Miss Americas are lined up to sport the fashions,” admits Banner with his signature grin. John Gobin, Polo Club leader and six-goal player, has been representing the USPA this winter in China and England sandwiched between matches in Florida and Aiken. The Great Meadow staff is counting on play in the arena captivating your attention, even if spectators give the models passing glances. That’s OK, according to Banner, who adds: “We’re betting that sooner or later you’re going to want to learn to play this game yourself!” With Gobin’s polo school hot to trot, lessons will be raffled off all night long. Grab your mallet and white Jordache jeans. Twilight Polo is raring to get the ball rolling. Call Great Meadow to get the schedule for the “Countdown To Polo” hotspots and a calendar of all of the other theme nights throughout the season. $30/carload general admission at the gate or call about reserving a tailgate space for the season or for one evening. For information, go online to: or call (540)253-5001.

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arrive during a race, you’ll have to wait until all the horses cross the finish line before you can proceed to your reserved spot or to general admission parking. Rappahannock Hunt holds its hunter pace in Little Washington starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21. This allows participants to trailer horses home and get ready for the Middleburg Spring Races at Glenwood Park—post time is 1:30 p.m. The meet is sanctioned by the Virginia Steeplechase Association and offers purses. For information, go online to:

but be aware that many links click you right back to On Sunday, April 22, the 35th running of the Fairfax Hunt Races takes place at Morven Park in Leesburg. The occasion also is sad as the reorganization of Morven Park’s programing means it will no longer serve as a venue for steeplechasing. If this is the day you’re looking for a fun outing suitable for family and friends, make plans to enjoy the racing excitement. For more details: www. On April 28, Fairfax Hunt runs its hunter pace event in Philomont, starting at 10 a.m. On Sunday, April 29, the Middleburg Hunt point-to-point takes place at


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of forging their partnership they had mixed results that ran to extremes. Bradley opted to leave the competitive stage after an iffy threestar outing last September to re-group. On his website, he writes with great affection about Ley, about the two of them being older and therefore rather set in their ways, and how they came to a better understanding. Leyland enjoyed some time turned out to act like a natural horse. Bradley and Leyland returned to competition with a bang: they improved their last dressage score by 30 points and won their division of Preliminary at Pine Top Winter II (GA). Buoyed and refreshed, two weeks later, they tackled the Advanced at Pine Top Spring, adding only time penalties to their dressage score and finishing seventh in a very competitive field. This horse could be Bradley’s ticket to London, but only time will tell. Surefire Eventing’s Jan Byyny, who made a miraculous comeback from an injury that triggered a stroke two years ago, will partner with Syd Kent in the rider’s first Rolex since 2009 when Syd made his four-star debut. They finished fifth last month at Pine Top Spring in the Advanced, adding only one time penalty to their dressage score. For Byyny, a featured rider blogging on the Kentucky Rolex site, getting to Rolex after what she’s been through is a victory in and of itself, but she has her sights set on a top 10 finish. Allison Springer and Arthur face their fifth Rolex, hoping that this time all the elements come together. Sara Kozumplik has been to Rolex several times and knows what it takes to prep a horse for that level of performance. She’s hoping for a good four-star debut for Manolo Blahnik. Sharon White might be based just over the border in West Virginia, but she’s considered one of Virginia’s own: she was born at Fort Belvoir, earned an honors degree in English at George Mason University and worked hard to establish herself as a professional horseman. Glenwood Park. Post-time for the first race is 1 p.m. It’s a great day for racing and parties, and every year we’re sorry to miss it. We’re on assignment at the Kentucky Rolex 3-day Event (See story in this issue about local riders vying for a berth on the team for the London Olympics). If you haven’t visited Glenwood Park, the Middleburg point-to-point and the Middleburg Spring Races provide an ideal introduction to this gorgeous facility. The course itself is bowl-shaped, and the hill behind the announcer’s tower boasts stone grandstands divided into boxes, which people can reserve. Tailgate spaces are available on the hill next to the stone grandstand, along the

White last competed at Kentucky Rolex in 2007, but with Rafferty’s Rules, this year’s ride, she has clocked some serious mileage internationally. In 2010, White took Reggie, as he’s called, to England where they completed the Blenheim CCI*** and the Hartpury CIC*** and, last year, they placed fifth at the Bromont three-star. This year, in addition to continuing to train with her longtime mentor, trainer Jimmy Wofford, White trained in dressage with Linda Zang and with Ian Millar and George Morris, the US Chef d’Equipe in show jumping. No matter how much training you do, Rolex still delivers wild cards. The three phases start with dressage, like dancing on horseback, move to the rock & roll excitement of the cross-country—running and jumping at speed for about four miles over really big, solid fences—and the final phase on Sunday is show jumping whose painted rails topple at the slightest touch. Rolex Kentucky sets an international stage, attracting 50,000-100,000 spectators to the Kentucky Horse Park. Many shop till they drop in the International Sponsor Village and Trade Fair, spurred on by the delightful wares of more than 150 booths and various exciting demonstrations. International telecasts captivate millions of viewers. NBC will again feature a live domestic broadcast Sunday, April 29. They highlight the action of the dressage and crosscountry via taped segments, then provide viewers with “watch it while it happens” nailbiting excitement of live broadcast of the final show jumping rounds that determine who will claim the Rolex Crown of Excellence, the signature watch and the winner’s share of $250,000 in prize money. Tune in and enjoy the pageantry and excitement, the incredible horse and rider stars of three-day. There’s nothing like cheering on a hometown rider and horse, even from your easy chair. For more information, go online to:

homestretch, and also along the perimeter of the course near the final flights of hurdle and timber fences before the course swoops into the final turn toward home. On the first Saturday in May, the Virginia Gold Cup Races are contested at Great Meadow. If you have any questions about the races, you will find contact numbers for each meet in the calendar listings at www.—the one place to visit for results, photos, standings—everything you need to go racing.

OK, that’s all for now. Happy Trails!


• Wayne Swartz, Southern States Cooperative, Inc., Middleburg Service, has attended a comprehensive three-day training program designed to qualify employees as a “Certified FeedMaster Specialist” for Southern States Cooperative, Inc. The rigorous training program is tied to the Southern States’ FeedMaster program and is designed to augment the existing knowledge base of employees involved in advising the co-op’s customers on issues related to feeding various types of animals. The program provides new and updated information and qualifies for continuing education units by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, a national organization that certifies animal scientists through examination. Professors from land grant universities in the Southern States service area, industry nutritionists and veterinarians were among those conducting technical sessions during the program Swartz attended. “With all the research and new developments occurring, animal owners need and want the best possible counsel on feed nutrition and feed solutions in general,” Rich Schneider, part of the Southern States team that developed the FeedMaster program, said in a statement. “FeedMaster programs instill knowledge in our people, so that we can truly provide people who know.” Founded in 1923, Southern States is a Richmond-based farm supply and service cooperative that now has more than 300,000 farmer-members. One of the nation’s largest agricultural cooperatives, Southern States provides a wide range of farm inputs, including fertilizer, seed, livestock feed and pet food, animal health supplies and petroleum products, as well as other items for the farm and home. The cooperative serves its members and non-member customers through 1,200 retail outlets. Visit for more information. • Upperville Baptist Church has announced the appointment of Dr. Rev. Louis “Bill” Thigpin to the church. He will replace pastor Rev. Wilhelm Wennersten, who resigned late last year. Dr. Rev. Thigpin began his pastoral duties March 4. “Bill will be such a great fit for UBC,” Buck Thompson, Head Deacon, said. “He and his wife will be great for our church family.” Most recently Dr. Rev. Thigpin has been Pastor at Middleburg Baptist Church for 19 years. Before that he served as an associate pastor of Annandale Baptist Church for more than a decade. Raised in Jacksonville, FL, Thigpin holds an Associate of Arts from Florida Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts from University of North Florida and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1999, he earned his Doctorate of Ministry

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from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where his doctoral project was “Believer’s Baptism by Immersion.” • Middleburg’s Goodstone Inn and Restaurant is celebrating the arrival of the Discovery Shuttle to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly in April with The Goodstone Discovery Package and an “Out of This World” Wine Dinner Event. The Goodstone Discovery Package offers a one- or two-night stay including Goodstone’s “Out of This World” Wine Dinner Friday, April 20, featuring exquisite French country cuisine paired with the finest in Loudoun County wines. Additional amenities include a bottle of Champagne upon arrival, dinner for two at Goodstone’s “Out of This World” Wine Dinner, a guided Saturday morning hike on the Goodstone trails and a full country breakfast. The April 20 “Out of This World” Wine Dinner begins with a complimentary glass of wine at 6 p.m. followed by the 6:30 p.m. dinner in Goodstone’s restaurant, celebrating local wines. Goodstone Inn & Restaurant is a luxurious country inn and French restaurant in the heart of Virginia’s wine and hunt country. Drawing inspiration from its location on 265 acres of rolling hills and farmland, the acclaimed restaurant at Goodstone provides its guests with an unparalleled fine dining experience. The wine list includes more than 250 labels carefully selected from local vineyards and all around the world. The restaurant uses only the finest and freshest ingredients, mostly sourced from the Goodstone vegetable and herb gardens. Recently, Goodstone Inn & Restaurant was honored as winner of Condé Nast Johansens Most Excellent Inn 2011 in North America and finalist for Most Excellent Inn 2012 and Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway 2012 in North America. In addition, Goodstone was named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the “2011 Top Best Overall Restaurants in the USA.” Goodstone Inn & Restaurant is located at 36205 Snake Hill Road in Middleburg. For further information, call 540-687-3333.   • Upperville Baptist Church will host its annual community Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m.-noon at the church located at 9070 John Mosby Highway in Upperville. Children through fifth grade and their parents are welcome to attend the hunt for eggs. A free lunch of hot dogs, chips and sweets will be provided. Scheduled rain or shine. For more information visit or email ubcinformation@

The St. Brides Horse Barn in Upperville was the recent recipient of several national awards, including “Building of the Year.” The green structure was constructed by Purcellville builder Fuog/Interbuild, Inc., using only sustainable wood species, energy efficient technology and as many recycled elements as possible. At its 2012 Frame Building Expo held in St. Louis, MO, the National Frame Builders Association said the St. Brides Barn “represents one of the aesthetically and functionally exceptional barns in the Virginia Piedmont region.” The barn picked up two awards at the NFBA expo, including the Judge’s Award and the 2011 Building of the Year. The St. Brides Barn will be part of the 58th Annual Upperville Barn Tour, where more than 1,800 visitors are expected to tour the structure as part of the annual event.

• Join other racing enthusiasts at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29, for the Middleburg Hunt Point to Point Races at beautiful Glenwood Park. An exciting day of racing is planned and will feature seven races over timber, hurdle and on the flat. The tailgate competition will feature celebrity judge Topper Schott, weatherman for WUSA Channel 9. Join the hat or tie competition or just enjoy a great day of racing at Middleburg’s premier venue.  For ticket or tailgate information, call 540-454-2991.   • Wayside Theatre’s Education in Action program presents William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew April 20, 21 and 22. The play will be performed in the outdoor garden at 7868 Main Street in Middletown, across the street from the Middletown Volunteer Fire Department and Wayside Theatre. Performances are scheduled for Friday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. It is general admission seating and tickets range from $12-$15 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-17. Call the box office at 540-869-1776 to reserve your ticket—seating is limited. • Longtime Loudoun cultural and preservation leader Tracy Gillespie has just been elected president of the Virginia Association of Museums. The Northern Virginia Regional

Park Authority historic site supervisor at Aldie Mill, Mount Zion Church and Gilbert’s Corner historic parks since 2010, Gillespie previously was director of historical operations at Morven Park in Leesburg. Gillespie also is the current chair of the Loudoun Heritage Consortium and is a member of the Loudoun County Civil War Sesquicentennial Steering Committee. She has served on VAM’s governing council since 2004. • Second Chapter Books in Middleburg has started a reading circle featuring a reading aloud session from a book selected from the World Book Night titles, the exact one still to be announced. Anyone who has found it difficult to read by themselves or those who simply like to share their passion for reading are welcome to attend. The “circle” sessions are planned weekly on Thursdays, with the time to be announced shortly. The bookstore also serves as a pick-up point for World Book Night, the annual celebration that is designed to spread a love of learning and books across the nation, England and Ireland. April 23, tens of thousands of people are anticipated to spread that message throughout communities by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks, as part of the organization’s goal of getting 50,000 people to spread the word. Anyone who registered to be a book giver and who has not received word from the organization should call Second Chapter Books at 540-


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• Oatlands has been selected to participate in a statewide project aimed at helping improve care of collections in museums, libraries and archives. Oatlands is one of 10 institutions in the commonwealth to be selected for the project, which is sponsored by the Virginia Association of Museums, the Library of Virginia and the Department of Historic Resources. The project is funded by a “Connecting to Collections” statewide implementation grant awarded to the Virginia Association of Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library services. Designed to help smaller cultural institutions improve their collections care, the project will

• Entries are being sought for the 15th Annual “Favorite Loudoun Tree Photo Contest,” sponsored by the Loudoun County Arbor Day Committee. Loudoun Urban Forester Dana Malone says the focus of the contest is to draw attention to one of the county’s “most precious assets.” This year’s Arbor Day celebration will be held at Morven Park in Leesburg Saturday, April 28. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the historic estate located off Old Waterford Road on the west side of Leesburg will play host to a wide variety of tree-related activities, demonstrations and exhibits, along with a parade mostly featuring excited kiddies. Behind the fun is a serious intent, according to Malone: to draw attention to the countless benefits and importance of trees. Entries in the contest must be of a single tree in its entirety that is growing in Loudoun. The photograph must be taken by the entrant and must not be enhanced. For specific entry details, including size and framing, location and species of tree where known, contact Malone at 703-771-5991 or Pat McIlvaine at 703-777-2075. Photographs must be submitted to Loudoun Soil & Water Conservation District, 30-H Catoctin Circle, SE, Leesburg, VA 20175, arriving no later than 5 p.m. Friday, April 13. The photographs will become the property of the Arbor Day Committee. Winning photographs will be displayed at the 24th Annual Loudoun Arbor Day celebration. The top four photographers will each receive a containerized native deciduous tree, donated by local nurseries.

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• The Mosby Heritage Area Association and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority have an upcoming new Gray Ghost Interpretive Group program starting April 14: Mosby, Scout Along the Turnpike. From noon-5 p.m., the actors/guides will explore the stories inherent at three Rt. 50 sites: Mount Zion Church east of Gilbert’s Corner; Aldie Mill; and Rector House on Atoka Road near Marshall. The costumed interpreters will perform vignettes centered on each site—Rector House where Mosby’s Rangers were formed in June 1863 and continued to rendezvous before missions; Aldie Mill where Mosby almost single-handedly defeated the 1st Vermont Cavalry in March 1863; and Mount Zion Church, the site of one of the most evenly pitched all-out cavalry battles between Mosby’s Rangers and Union opponents in March 1864. There will be Civil War displays at all three sites, and young visitors will be able to talk with the interpreters about the events of the past. Admission is free, although donations are welcome.

include a half-day visit to Oatlands by a needs assessment team of museum and library professionals which will examine Oatlands’ strong collection of 18th and 19th century furniture and art, including a china service that belonged to George and Martha Washington. Following that visit, Oatlands staff members will receive a report recommending steps they can take to help improve their collections care over the next two years, with suggested resources to accomplish those goals. The needs assessments teams will visit all 10 institutions through April 2013.


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wood are intended to provide a retreat of woodlands and open views with a soft monochromatic color palette. A large reflecting pool is featured here along with a thatched stone cottage done by master thatcher Colin McGhee, urns, birdbaths and a pebble mosaic walkway. The views sweep to the Blue Ridge Mountains on the west and the Little Cobbler and Big Cobbler Mountains to the south.

When Daffodils Come Earlier Than The Show Spring has sprung early in the Piedmont and, while a welcome occurrence, that’s not necessarily good news for those preparing for the Upperville Garden Club’s annual Daffodil Show April 10. These tips are offered to preserve the blooms until the event. Daffodils can be kept in a refrigerator for four to five weeks, if necessary. It is certainly not recommended, but sometimes is necessary if spring comes much earlier than the show. 1. Keep the humidity high in modern frost-

Described as “Second Generation Arts and Crafts,” the house at Poke sits on the foundation of the original structure, which was rebuilt in 2001. The gardens, designed by co-owner and noted garden designer Dana Scott Westring, sit on a hill facing east to the Bull Run Mountains. Visitors at Poke will also see a distinctive variety of garden “rooms” organized loosely in color groupings with a watercourse descending to woodland plantings and ponds. The gardens have been created over the last 25

years with masses of herbaceous perennials and flowering shrubs and offer interest in every season. Each home of the tour will be decorated with stunning flower arrangements created by garden club members, with emphasis on seasonal flowers and native plants. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia, proceeds have been used to enhance landscape of many treasured landmarks, including Mount Vernon, Monticello and the grounds of the Executive Mansion in

Richmond. Go online to: for additional information or email or, (540) 592-3950. Tickets for the garden tour are $40 per person, single site $20. Children 13 and older, full price; ages 6-12 half price; children 5 and under, free. On tour days, tickets will be available at The Middleburg Community Center as well as at individual homes. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

free refrigerators. Use trays of water and/or wet towels. Option: create a ‘tent’ with sticks and a plastic bag around the flowers to retain humidity. The sticks hold the plastic away from the petals. 2. Keep temperature in the 34-36⁰ F. range, as low as possible without freezing the blooms. A refrigerator thermometer is a must. 3. Put blooms in deep containers, covering as much of the stem as possible. Daffodils lose water through their stems, not their petals. 4. MOST IMPORTANT: Do not store any fruit or aging produce in the same refrigerator! Ethylene gas from ripening fruit will kill daffodils. 5. If a daffodil dies (edges turn brown) in the refrigerator, remove it as soon as found. If the flower wilts, re-cut the stem to open the tubular stem and replace in fresh water. 6.  Take out of the refrigera-

tor the day before the show if: • The flower is not fully mature (e.g. color not fully developed). • The flower is not fully open (“hooded”). • The flower is looking downward (unless that is its natural pose) – place a light behind the bloom to get it to raise its head. It is easier to adjust the pose downward but hard to raise the head of the flower to be looking straight out or slightly up-facing. In all these cases, make sure the flower has six petals, no nicks in the petals, and that the cup is in good shape. 7. Before refrigerating, clean off any dirt or stains. Use a damp Q-tip or soft brush. Look at the back, as well as the front, of the petals and inside the cup. Stains and dirt are almost impossible to get off after refrigeration. 8. Pick in the morning if possible. 9. Pick daffodils if temperatures are predicted

to go below 22⁰ F. or if hail is predicted. 10. Division 6–Cyclamineous flowers tend to last the longest in refrigeration and have a naturally downward facing pose. 11. Daffodils that have yellow petals with yellow cups and yellow petals with red cups do not need sunlight to complete their development—they can be picked before they are completely open. 12. Daffodils that are reverse bicolor, have lemony colored petals, or have pink cups need sunlight to complete their color development. They must be left on the plant in the ground to completely mature. [Courtesy of Edith Godfrey/Daffodil Society of Minnesota. For more information contact the American Daffodil Society www.daffodilusa. org and the Daffodil Society of Minnesota and]



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Exceptional estate offered for first time in over 30 years. 291ac with elevated panoramic views of the Blue Ridge & unspoiled Marriott Ranch. Not in Conservation Easement. Historic home, log cabin, barn, guest houses, pool, pond & Fiery Run. Price upon request. Gloria Rose Ott 540-454-4394

302 acres of paradise, close to town. Perfect mix of flat open land, woodland and Beaverdam Creek frontage as well. West views of the Blue Ridge. Incredible dairy barn ready for stalls, 3 tenant houses, multiple building sites for your dream home. This property is not in Conservation easement. $4,900,000. Kevin Keane 540-687-2221

Minutes to Middleburg, on a quiet country road, surrounded by 2 picturesque ponds, flowing stream, and beautiful serene views. Historic stone manor estate (c1790) perfectly situated on 37+ ac in 3 parcels. Main house offers 4 BR, 4.5 BA accompanied by a guest house, swimming pool, stable, 2 separate apartments, paddocks and outbuildings. $3,300,000. Gloria Armfield 540-687-2223


COURTLAND MANOR, ALDIE, VA Long views, a bold stream, ancient trees and verdant pastures on 100 glorious acres. Perfect country estate, family retreat, private polo/riding club or vineyard. 11000+ SF with grand rooms and every amenity. Guest cottage, pool, extensive gardens. $2,995,000. Cindy Polk 703-966-9480 David O’Flaherty 540-687-0383

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BURR RIDGE, LEESBURG, VA Stately, elegant home, formal gardens, views of 3 states from private hilltop. Just outside of Leesburg. Convenient to Dulles Greenway & Dulles Airport. 50 acres, tenant house, pool, pool house. $2,700,000. Kevin Keane 540-687-2221 Babette Scully 540-687-2220





(C 1750 & 1850) Meticulously maintained and updated with spacious well-appointed rooms, 7FP, 5BR & hardwood floors. Well suited for entertaining & family life. 32 acres. Scenic & private setting with mountain views and large pond. Pool, 7 stall barn, & studio/apartment. $2,500,000. Gloria Armfield 540-687-2223 Kathryn Harrell 540-687-2215 Jim Thompson 540-687-3216

Amazing views of Old Rag Mountain, Shenandoah National Park and the F.T. Valley from this charming 4 BR log cabin on 242 acres in Madison County. Trout pond plus larger pond, workshops, equipment barn with stall, run-in. A hunter's paradise with Bear, Deer and Turkey. A rare find in an area rich in natural beauty. $1,950,000. Anita Sisney 703-973-1987

Chestnut Oaks, located in Greystone just west of Upperville, VA. Charming custom built brick colonial on 52+ acres, 4 bedrooms, 3.55 baths, lovely pine floors and stately wood moldings. Partially fenced, 3 run-in sheds, lovely landscaped setting, total privacy offering spectacular views. $1,750,000. Jud & Page Glascock 540-592-3238




Wonderful opportunity to purchase 107 acres in sought after Orange County Hunt territory. Property is board fenced, large pond, mountain and village views. In VOF Easement. May construct main house, secondary dwelling, barn or garage apartment plus farm buildings/structures. Great location only minutes from Middleburg, Warrenton and Rt. 66 access. $1,495,000. Anita Sisney 703-973-1987

Charming house, great location, custom built, energy efficient, privacy, light & bright, dumb waiter from garage to kitchen, first floor MBR + 3BR, 3.5BA, A+ condition. Lots of trees. Priced below appraised value and below assessment. Great value. $740,000. Ruth Ripley 540-687-2222 Carole Miller 540-687-2233

17 Acres on the Blue Ridge - Enjoy cool summer temperatures from one of the highest elevations on the ridge. This lot sits at 1500’ above sea level. Land is improved by a 1900’s frame house, a well drilled in 1990 and a driveway. The house is a shell and has no water or septic. Winter views to the east through the trees. $229,000. Carol Fochtman 540-272-4334 Rick Lowe 703-509-3962


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Upperville- Spectacular custom built home on 50 acres with gorgeous mountain views. Home has a European Country feel with traditional VA architectual details. Open floor plan includes first Floor Master Bedroom suite, Den, Living room, Chef ’s Kitchen, Sunroom, 3 Fireplaces, 3 bedrooms on 2nd level, full walk-out basement designed for Rec Room, bedroom & more. Heated pool, lovely terraces and enclosed courtyard. Two-car garage with one bedroom apartment above. $2,995,000

Elegant 4 Bedroom, 4 Full and 2 Half Baths sStone and Stucco home on 12+ acress Old Pine Floors sAntique Chandeliers sMaster Bedroom on Main Level sGranite Countertops s4 Marble and Stone Fireplaces sCovered Stone Terrace sScreened-In Porch sStunning Pool sDetached Garage sStorage Shed sStone Walls sBoard Fencing sOrange County Hunt sFabulous Views. $2,250,000

Circa 1770 s Wonderful stone and stucco gem sits at foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Paris sWonderful opportunity to finish interior 20+ acres surrounded by over 2500 acres of protected lands sMeticulous exterior renovations include newly re-pointed stonework, new metal roof, 2 large additions, extra wide covered porch, includes buried utilities, new basement, well and septic. $1,950,000


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Cricket Bedford (540) 229-3201

Commercial C2 Zoning in Middleburg, VA. Central Business District. Prime location. Detached, three level, mixed use. Retail with large display windows on main level, 3 one bedroom apartments on upper level, fully leased. English basement-lower level leased as workshop. Approx. 7000 Sq. Ft. Stone building, with 4 parking spaces. $1,700,000

Purcellville-circa 1807, fully renovated 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath Federal-style stone home on 23+ acres nestled along the North Fork of Goose Creek. Hardwood floors, 4 fireplaces, 10’ foot ceilings and plaster crown moldings. Original stone springhouse, smokehouse, 5-stall bank barn with finished guest apartment/office, 3 bedroom Tenant house and spring-fed pond. Ideal small horse farm. Minutes to Purcellville and Rte 7. $1,695,000

Rebecca Poston (540)771-7520

Cricket Bedford (540) 229-3201

Incredible setting for this charming c.1909 stucco farm house privately located on 37+ acres overlooking Goose Creek s 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 baths with full basement and walk-up attic. Includes 1800’s stone & frame grist mill s 5 Stall Barn sFenced paddocks s Two large spring fed ponds s Surrounded by over 500+ acres of protected farm land. One of a kind location in the Piedmont Hunt territory. Priced well below appraised value. $1,395,000

Cricket Bedford (540) 229-3201



Historic Waterford - c. 1815 stucco, brick and frame restored home with 4 Bedrooms and 3 Baths s Original Fireplaces and Windows s Hardwood floors throughout sHand hewn beams s Established gardens s Mature trees sEnclosed brick courtyard sParterre s Covered porch s Stone terrace s Separate garden studio/office s Incredible backyard overlooking protected views of the $540,000 Blue Ridge.

Cricket Bedford (540) 229-3201

PARADISE FARM - 120 acres of beautiful farmland in the midst of Virginia hunt country. The mostly open property boasts spectacular mountain and valley views, rolling hay fields and Goose Creek frontage. A classic two story farmhouse and two barns await renovation. Numerous desirable building sites are available. Conservation tax opportunities $3,450,000 available. Orange County Hunt. EDGECLIFF FARM - One of a kind 146 acres with excellent road frontage along both Rectortown & Crenshaw Rds. Ideally situated in heart of Piedmont Fox Hounds hunt country near village of Rectortown. Lush open fields, stone walls, pond & sweeping views of both the Blue Ridge & Cobbler Mountains. Land in VOF easement. $2,400,000 COON TREE ROAD - Located in Halfway, just minutes to Middleburg or The Plains. Almost 3 mostly cleared acres dotted with mature trees. Ideal for hunt box or main house. Approved 4 bedroom perc. Orange County Hunt. $299,000 RAMBLEWOOD LANE-Middleburg Excellent opportunity to build your dream home on a rare 3.69 acre parcel with county approved 5-bedroom septic field. House site located on top of a hill. Parcel also contains existing 1970’s farm house which is tenant occupied. Property is offered “as is”. $275,000


Just 2 ½ miles west of the village of Middleburg, and on a quiet lane in the Aspen Hill neighborhood s Lovely 3 Bedroom 2 Full Bath, 2 ½ Bath home on just over 2 acres s Master Bedroom on main level s Hardwood, tile and carpeted floors s Brick Fireplace s Crown Molding s Vaulted ceilings s Tray ceiling s Extensive Landscaping s Storage Shed s Private Deck s Attached 2 Car Garage s Full Basement      $505,800  

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