Issuu on Google+

Middleburg Life December 2011

PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID BURKE, VA PERMIT NO. 44

1

Postal Customer

Volume 33 Issue 9 December 2011 www.middleburglife.net

C

hristmas in Middleburg


2

December 2011 Middleburg Life

Middleburg real estate

®

Please Consider Us For All Your Real Estate Needs 10 E Washington Street • Post Office Box 485 Middleburg, Virginia 20118 office 540-687-6321 fax 540-687-3966 • www.middleburgrealestate.com

D

L SO

C

F

-t

p

loverland arM he lains - magnifiCent Stone manor houSe on 149+ aCreS. deSigned by renowned arChiteCt w.l. bottomley and built by w.J. hanbaCk. 5br 5fb,indoor pool, equipment barn, tenant houSe and apartment over garage. Sweeping viewS of the blue ridge mountainS and rolling CountrySide. prime loCation and minuteS from middleburg and the plainS. Coveted orange County hunt territory.

peter pejaCseviCh

renowned dresden FarM

now available this beautiFully Main125 aCre horse FarM inCludes a CirCa 1785 5 bedrooM Main house, a 12 stall belMont barn with 8 paddoCks, heated waterers, a new generator and a separate taCk rooM. there are 4 additional dwellings (inCluding newly renovated Manager’s house and guest house),extensive greenhouses, gardens, a pool, and a 5 aCre pond. property with potential easeMent restriCtions. tained

listed For $6,450,000 peter pejaCseviCh 540-270-3835

white oak FarM - Middleburg

- now available. 60 outStanding aCreS foxCroft area JuSt 10 minuteS from middleburg. turnkey horSe farm with a beautifully reStored 1890’S 4 bedroom, manor houSe. original hardwood floorS, wine Cellar,7 Stall Courtyard Stable with an impreSSive party/hunt breakfaSt room,7 paddoCkS with new fenCing. 2 additional dwellingS. in the exCluSive

peter pejaCseviCh 540-270-3835

- amazing 148+/- aCre fox CroSS eState middleburg. huge 7 bed, 7 bath all briCk manor home w/maSSive room SizeS and three finiShed levelS. expanSive deCk overlookS the pool and patio. wooded & open aCreage with fenCed paStureS, 2 barnS and two gueSt houSeS. Sub-dividable land not in eaSement. with gated entranCe

&

Stream JuSt

2

mileS from

$5,900,000 peter pejaCseviCh 540-270-3835

$4,450,000

ED

C

U

D

RE

FoxCross FarM - Middleburg

white goose lane -purCellville/Middleburg area

- 15+

aCreS. engliSh Country home w/lake and pool. maSter main w/luxuriouS bathroom. gourmet kitChen/family room w/great fireplaCe & viking applianCeS. tiled mud room w/Separate laundry room & wC. large reC. room & SportS bar w/fireplaCe & wall of frenCh doorS to patio. gym & playroom. lo7405727

$4,450,000 wendy andrews 703-408-0719

MillraCe lane –Marshall - piCtureSque turn-key equeStrian property on 20

aCreS with immaCulate CuStom home and maniCured groundS. mt. viewS, rolling aCreS, fenCed paStureS, dog kennel, gueSt houSe, 9 Stall barn ConneCted to indoor arena, 2 run-in/equipment buildingS, paddoCk and pond. alSo available additional 58 aCreS with workShop and Creek fq7609128. thiS iS a muSt See!!!

$1,450,000 sCott buzzelli 540-454-1399

$1,395,000

Happy Holidays from all of us at Middleburg Real Estate Creekspring Ct -purCellville/Middleburg area

rokeby rd - upperville

- SenSational Colonial w/10,000 Sq ft on 3+ aCreS baCking to Community lake! three totally finiShed levelS laviShed with inCredible featureS throughout! grand two Story foyer with dual StairCaSeS, beautiful moldingS and built-inS! amazing fully finiShed walk-out lower level iS a SportS fan’S dream! extenSive landSCaping, deCk, patio, heated Swimming pool and

- true CuStom finiSheS. reClaimed hardwood floormaSter bedroom on main & lighting, well wallS, mahogany garage doorS, CuStom CeilingS, eaSy aCCeSS

ing throughout w/CuStom terra Cotta/wood, limeStone topS,

floor, CuStom built-inS, CuStom kitChen w/granite topS, high-end plumbing landSCaped w/pond to

rte 50.

&

Stone

sCott buzzelli 540-454-1399

Charming gardenerS Cottage!

$1,249,000

Marcy Cantatore, Associate Broker 540-955-3782

1285 rokeby road - Fabulous loCation in piedMont hunt Country - five bedroomS and four bathS, full baSement and “in-law” wing. all Situated on 8 aCreS fenCed with fabulouS 5 Stall barn and SChooling area. pool, three Car garage, lovely pond and mature landSCaping add CharaCter to thiS Super property. great rideout, CloSe to polo groundS and upperville Show groundS. priCed below appraiSed value.

anne MCintosh 703-509-4499

609 E Main Street Purcellville, Virginia 20132

540-338-7770

$995,000

thiS home haS it all!

Marqui siMMons 703-774-6109

blueMont, v

p

, v

l

$1,199,000

,v

a - Sit on the Cov- urCellville a - thiS iS a muSt ovettsville a - own a pieCe of hiStory www.MarcyC.com ered front porCh of thiS CuStom built log See!!—3-5 bedroom home with Charm & quality with thiS 1700S log and Stone home on 32+ wooded • email: MarcyC@ thru out. reCently renovated. CuStom tile work. aCreS. Sit on the front porCh and watCh the wildlife and S tone h ome and enJoy the view of the MarcyC.com wonder thru on the way to the pond. two homeS your pond. detaChed 3 Car garage with Covered porCh. 2 fireplaCeS. pergola with hot for the priCe of one--alSo inCluded with thiS property tub. patio. mature landSCaping. fruit treeS, iS a briCk rambler JuSt waiting for Someone to finiSh it. potential apartment above. 11+ wooded aCreS Selling Homes, grape arbor. barn/Storage Shed with loft above extremely private yet Convenient to the marC with more available. Stone wallS and patioS. Farms & Barns 3 Stone fireplaCeS. very private. —thiS iS a would make great home offiCe or Studio. private train and rt9/rt7 for CommuterS. let your imaginabut Convenient. for more info See tion run wild!! for more info See Licensed in Virginia muSt See!! & West Virginia http://19106otleyrd.epropertysites.CoM/ http://12695Mountainrd.epropertysites.CoM/

®

www.atokaproperties.com

REALTOR ®

REALTOR ®

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY


3

Middleburg Life December 2011

De Garmos Honored With Conservation Award western Prince William counties? At that time Marcia worked for the Potomac School in the development office where she started the alumni development group. She gave up her job when she became involved with conservation groups and other locals, including the late Eve Fout (Orange County Hunt) and the Piedmont Environmental Council, in the fight against Disney. “Marcia brought her expertise [in volunteer recruiting] to the fight against Disney,” Denegre recalled. “George said that she has the amazing knack of convincing people to do what they have no intention of doing.” During the Virginia Fall Races, Saturday, Oct. 1, at Glenwood Park, the de Garmos received the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) Northern District Conservation Award for their ongoing efforts to preserve the open countryside. “Marcia and George de Garmo have demonstrated unwavering dedication to land conservation in one of the most beautiful areas of Virginia,” Jack van Nagell, MFHA first vice-president and MFH Iroquois Hunt (KY), said. Both Marcia and George believed applying Marcia and George de Garmo were honored with the inaugural for conservation easement MFHA Northern Virginia District Conservation Award at the was the best and only way Virginia Fall Races, with Linda Armbrust, MFH Blue Ridge and to protect their land for district representative (right). future generations. The Photo by Douglas Lees farm is located just off Snickersville Turnpike mother had it (they’ve owned it since 1965) near Aldie, a prime area of Loudoun County and when Mrs. Bell, a lovely lady, couldn’t over which Middleburg hunts. manage the farm anymore, Marcia and George “We’re very honored to have been given took it over completely and they fell in love this award by such a wonderful hunting and with the Virginia countryside,” said Penny horse organization,” Marcia said. “We’re not Denegre, MFH Middleburg Hunt. “The de hunting people—we’re not horse people at Garmos have been so involved with the com- all. Our interest has been from the point of munity all along. This year the MFHA told view of enjoying the land in other ways. We district representatives that they wanted to love walking on it, looking at it and we feel so do district conservation awards and to talk strongly about preserving the land.” to their local hunts so they could propose Several years ago the de Garmos tightlandowners they thought would be worthy ened up their easement and made it more of the award. When Linda Armbrust (MFH stringent. Now they have an easement for one Blue Ridge) talked to me, I had the perfect house on every 100 acres, instead of one house candidates: Marcia and George de Garmo.” for every 50, and they made provisions for Denegre drafted a detailed account of preserving the buffering along all the streams the de Garmos’ efforts throughout the years to allow the natural vegetation to grow. to conserve and preserve open land. Remem- “Land is a precious natural resource,” ber back in 1993 when Disney announced Marcia said. “Preserving the aesthetic value its plans to build a historical theme park on and the views and habitats became very Civil War battlefields in eastern Fauquier and Continued On Next Page

dressed and ready to go!

By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life The relationship between landowners and the local hunt is key to foxhunting. When people purchase property within a hunt’s territory, the masters visit them to welcome them and request permission for hounds and horses to cross their land. This is much easier if newcomers are into horses and hounds, but occasionally the idea of large groups of riders traversing their land does not meet with the new landowner’s approval, which can leave the hunt with a hole in its country. Sometimes, however, people like Marcia and George de Garmo become such a vital part of the local community that their relationship with hunting enthusiasts merits recognition. “We hunted over the land when Marcia’s

47 SOUTH THIRD STREET • WARRENTON, VA 540.347.3868 • www.christinefox.com

Moore, Clemens & Co Middleburg

Leesburg

Savings & Solutions with 100 years of Insurance Service C. Fred Kohler 540 687 6316

May the blessings of peace and love be always with you


4

December 2011 Middleburg Life

After Not Guilty Verdict, Hubbard Looks To Future

HIGH END HOME THEATER SHOWROOM RIGHT IN DOWNTOWN LEESBURG Home Theaters

Did you know that Aegis Technologies has a 6,000 sq ft custom home electronics From a basic surround system in your Family see showroom in Leesburg? Room, to anright extravagant dedicatedCome Home Theater in your basement, Aegis Technologies our luxurious home theaters and custom home is ready to design and install the best solution to automation products! We’re hidden behind The meet yourTheaters needs. Our experienced engineers and Home Goodyear Tire Shop onyour East Market trained technicians ready toSt.help integrate From a basic surround system in stand Family these exciting technologies into your home.

Room, to an extravagant dedicated Home Theater in your basement, Aegis Technologies Home Theaters | Home Automation | Home Audio & Video Systems | Security is ready to design and install the best solution to and Fire 24 experienced Hour Home Monitoring Lighting Control | Network Cabling meet yourAlarms needs.|Our engineers | and trained technicians ready toWiring help integrate Telephone Systemsstand | Structured Home Electronics Service these exciting technologies into your home.

Technologies Inc.

Technologies Inc.

316-C East Market Street Leesburg, VA 20176 www.aegistechnologies.com

800-661-6768

Aurora Services, Inc. The monthly newspaper of Hunt Country people, lifestyles and trends.

Fax (703) 771-8833

Great things are whenmeet…. Great things are done when mendone and mountains William Blake meet... men and mountains

www.middleburglife.net

middleburglife@leesburgtoday.com

Staff writers: Margaret Morton, Erika Jacobson Moore, Danielle Nadler Contributing writer: Lauren R. Giannini Columnists: Susan Byrne, Kay F. Colgan, Marcia Woolman, Kim Trapper, Judy Sheenhan. Photography: Jim Poston, Douglas Lees Copyright 2011 American Community Newspapers II Inc.

All editorial matter is fully protected and may not be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the publisher. All unsolicited manuscripts and photos must be accompanied by return postage; the publisher assumes no responsibility. Middleburg Life reserves the right to reject any advertising. Distributed in Middleburg, Upperville, Aldie, Millwood, The Plains, Rectortown, Delaplane, Paris, Boyce, Leesburg, Marshall and Warrenton.

year of stress for her and her family, who also were included in Goerhring’s accusations. “It was a very difficult time, for me and my family, and for many in the community as well,” she said recently. But now Hubbard said it’s time to move on. Her attitude hasn’t changed since Nov. 30, 2010, when she was arrested. “I had a parade [Christmas in Middleburg] to run, a business to run, a life to live; I had to keep moving forward with as much grace as possible,” she said. Hubbard commended her family, whom she said handled a situation in which they also became accused “with a great deal of grace and dignity.” All in all, “I think we did a pretty good job of keeping going,” she said. She was buoyed by the support of many in town throughout the year and praised her lawyer, Middleburg attorney Edward B. MacMahon Jr., for his handling of her case. “He did a wonderful job, we all appreciate it,” she said. Now it’s all about getting back to business as usual for Hubbard. The longtime Christmas in Middleburg parade organizer stood down this year, leaving it to co-chairman Jim Herbert to run—a decision she intends to make permanent. “He’s done a wonderful job organizing it,” she said. “I’ll always be there to help, but I’m out of it.”

de Garmos

League of Conservation Voters in 2000, and it’s still going strong. “George’s role, besides helping to bankroll, was to work on conservation easements with a number of other landowners, and he initiated the idea of tightening up our own easements,” Marcia said. “An easement is in perpetuity. It’s forever. It goes beyond what any of us might intend for our lifetime. The two of us worked in different ways with the same goal in mind.” The de Garmos are willing to share what they have learned as they continue to work with Middleburg Hunt and the community to keep the country open and beautiful for future generations. The conclusion of Denegre’s proposal to the MFHA provides a fitting coda: “The Middleburg Hunt can think of no individuals more deserving than Marcia and George de Garmo to receive recognition for their extraordinarily significant and enduring contributions to the preservation of our beautiful countryside. Their passion and their work serve as an example and an inspiration to us all.” For more information: www.mfha.org and www.middleburghunt.com.

Continued From Page 3

112 W. Washington St. P.O. Box 1770 Middleburg, VA 20118

Contact Us: Editorial: Norman K. Styer (571) 333-1530 Advertising: Tom Flint (571) 333-6273

By Margaret Morton Staff Writer It’s been a difficult year for longtime Middleburg businesswoman Dee Dee Hubbard, but it’s finishing up well. Last month, Hubbard was acquitted by a Loudoun County Circuit Court jury on charges of felony embezzlement brought against her by real estate entrepreneur Jack Goerhring, for whom she had worked as a property manager for 20 years. Hubbard, who is editor of the Middleburg Eccentric, was arrested Nov. 30, 2010, and charged with 15 felony embezzlement counts. Those were consolidated during the Nov. 7 trial into six counts. The charges involved rent checks due to Goerhring that were collected by Hubbard and deposited in the wrong accounts at Middleburg Bank, including those belonging to her own businesses. Hubbard maintained they were mistakes and that she had paid back all the money that was owed after the errors were discovered. The incorrectly marked deposits also were missed by a bank teller and the bank had offered to provide full restitution. After three days of testimony, during which Hubbard testified on her own behalf, the jury took little time in pronouncing a not guilty verdict on all charges. For Hubbard it was vindication after a

William Burke Services: Providing the Following ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆

Professional Gate Consultation & Design Service

Providing the Following Services: Automatic Gate Operating System Design Installation, Service & Repair Emergency Attendance Professional Consultation Proficiency withGate All Major Equipment& Manufacturers

Design Service

(540) 937-2400, (888) 5 Aurora www.auroraservicesinc.com

Automatic Gate Operating System Design Installation, Service & Repair Aurora Services is proudly invested in installations, service and repair Emergency Attendance For more than fifteen years in the metropolitan Washington DC area.

Proficiency with All Major Equipment Class A Electrical Contractor – VA & MD Manufacturers

(540) 937-2400, (888) 5 Aurora www.auroraservicesinc.com Aurora Services is proudly invested in installations, service and repair For more than fifteen years in the metropolitan DC area.

Class A Electrical Contractor - VA & MD

important for us.” There’s a lot more to the de Garmos than first meets the eye. When the Bells, Marcia’s parents, bought the farm, it was in disrepair. They rebuilt stonewalls, put in a pond for irrigation and aesthetics and restored farm buildings including the farmhouse which dates to 1772. In 1978, Mrs. Bell put the farm into easement, which required a battle with the IRS—the Bells won. When the de Garmos took over managing the farm some 20 years ago, they created riparian buffer zones along the streams, fenced fragile woodlands and allowed hedgerows to grow. With Middleburg Hunt, George built hunting panels in the fence lines and maintained the trails. He has also convinced several major landowners to put their properties into easement. Marcia devoted many years to recruiting people to be instrumental in making decisions that, over time, are so important to the countryside and its governing. She raised funds for the PEC and for candidates in conjunction with local and state elections. She helped to found the Virginia


Middleburg Life December 2011

5


6

December 2011 Middleburg Life

Christmas In Middleburg Photos from the Dec. 3 Middleburg Holiday Parade. You can see hundreds more photos of the day’s events on our website. Photos By Norman K. Styer

£

ß


Middleburg Life December 2011

National Sporting Library Museum Hosts Anticipated Preview The National Sporting Library Museum opened in October with a lavish gala and coaching events, and I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the museum’s preview. It was a real Cinderella moment for me since I had just under an hour to see the wonderful result of all the months and months of planning, preparation and building and then disappear back to the Byrne Gallery for our event that same evening. It was the night of Christopher Stephens’ reception for his River Song exhibit and I had to quickly exit our party and whisk over to the NSLM in my high, high heels and strapless cocktail dress with appropriate evening wrap. The weather was spectacular and the guests were just beginning to arrive. Two massive entry doors were pulled open by docents with warm and On the Arts winning smiles to reveal the collection. There in the entry foyer was the much beloved Emms Hounds painting from the permanent collection (John Emms, Foxhounds and Terrier in a Stable Interior, 1878) greeting the viewers like a welcome home. What a perfect choice to center and focus the museum goer. It said, “This is what we are proud of; behold the beauty and contentment of living

and doesn’t encourage lingering or the joy of seeing what is around the next corridor. With the layout of the galleries within the NSLM, discovery and surprise abound. The subject matter and themes are well arranged and give both diversity and cohesion to the collection. Not easy to achieve! As to the highlights, I would like to say… find the Winslow Homer. GO FIND IT!!! (No clues this time.) It is not a large painting but it will take you away to a perfect moment. Then, look at the subtle genius of the technique and its “Homer-ness.” This is how it should be for both children and adults. The newness and excitement is the museum experience and it is all here, two blocks from the center of town. A surprise for me was the inclusion of two paintings of the famous dogs playing poker. (Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, A Bold Bluff (Judge St. Bernard Stands Pat on Nothing) c. 1903-04.) What a fabulous choice! What a great way to get any child in the mood to go to an art museum. What a wonderful inducement! Everyone has seen the depiction and smiled, but to me the fact that there are actually two different original paintings—this is great! It is persuasive for 12-year-olds of all ages. Museums have fun, too. That this wasn’t missed in the curatorial selection process is superlative. And, inspiration was not missed at all. In the portraiture section, there is a stunningly knowing portrait of Miss Charlotte Noland, the founder of Foxcroft School. (Ellen Gertrude Emmett Rand, Miss Charlotte Noland, Joint M.F.H., The Middleburg Hunt, 1929.) I want to go back and look at her eyes, to see that gaze that lifted young women to greatness and their individual highest potential. The gaze that quelled fears and gave the firmest and securest leg up to a bright future. That gaze could help change the world and did, I am sure. Sherryl Zemo, George Lengauer, Carol Can you tell I loved it? The time flew O’Malley at the NSLM open house. and I was racing like Cinderella back to the Photo by National Sporting Library coach (Ford Escape), which was idling when I popped out, breezing by the stylishly turned in the countryside and enjoying its peace and out volunteers with fishing creel baskets and comfort.” The look in the eyes of the central dressage top hats. It was a magical moment of canine protagonist has all the pathos and emo- a brilliant opening to a very special place that tion to melt your heart and set the tone for is to be shared by all of us. A gift was given for the new museum so beautifully. It was an ideal all to enjoy and you can re-gift it again in this choice. season of presents and joy. Bring a loved one or Amazingly, with all this feeling going on, buddy because the best things in life are meant one is still able to realize how exquisitely the to be shared. galleries are lit. And, how the expertly chosen More than 2,000 people have seen the wall paint color not only showcases the art to new museum’s opening exhibit so far, be sure its best, but gives a buoyant atmosphere of to see it during this holiday season. Holiday light—not a putty, drab taupe that is supposed hours of the museum are: to highlight the artwork but instead brings the Closed December 24 & 25. ambience down to a hospital gray mood—but Open December 26-31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. an airy, luminous hue. I often think that too Closed January 1-3. quiet and too austere is off-putting to viewers For more information, visit www.nsl.org.

SUSAN BYRNE

Duchessa ad-2:Layout 1

11/21/11

Duchessa ad-2:Layout 1

9:53 AM 11/21/11

7

Page 1

9:53 AM

Page 1

Give and Receive

Duchessa ad-2:Layout 1

11/21/11

9:53 AM

Page 1

Coat drive from anksgiving to Christmas Eve. donate a gently used coat to benefit 7 loaves and receive a 40% discount on the purchase of a new coat. Give andReceive Receive Give and Give and Receive roughout December proudly Coat drive from Thanksgiving toDuchessa Christmas Eve. Donate adonates gently used5% coat to Coat drive from anksgiving to Eve.Eve. Coat drive from anksgiving toChristmas Christmas benefit 7 Loaves and receive a 40% discount on the purchase of a new coat. of your purchase to the “Charity of Your Choice” donate a gently used coat to benefit donate a gently used coat to benefit

7 loaves and receive a 40% discount Throughout December Duchessa proudly donates 5% 7 loaves andpurchase receiveofaa40% discount on the to new coat. of your purchase the “Charity of Your Choice” 540-687-8898 • 100 East Washington strEEt on the purchase of a new coat. • M iddlEburg , Va December Duchessa proudlysdonates 540-687-8898 • roughout 100 East Washington trEEt5%• MiddlEburg, Va

Give and Receive

of yourDecember purchase toDuchessa the “Charityproudly of Your Choice” roughout donates 5% of your purchase to the “Charity of Your Choice”, Va 540-687-8898 • 100 East Washington strEEt • MiddlEburg

• 100 E W s • M , Va Coat drive540-687-8898 from anksgiving to Christmas Eve. donate a gently used coat to benefit 7 loaves and receive a 40% discount Yuri Gorbachev is proud to present on the purchase of a new coat. ast

ashington trEEt

iddlEburg

roughout December Duchessa New proudly donates 5% New York of your purchase to the “Charity of Your Choice” Museum 2011 Collection

540-687-8898 • 100 East Washington strEEt • MiddlEburg, Va

2012

Show Continued through Saturday, December 31, 2011 7 West Washington Street • Middleburg, VA 20118

540-687-6986


8

December 2011 Middleburg Life

Young Jockey Finding Success In The Big Leagues By Danielle Nadler Staff Writer Ask Mary Motion how long she’s been riding horses, and you’ll get a straight answer: “All my life.” “My pony was basically my stroller. They would sit me on my pony, and there I’d go.” Mary, now 16, still prefers a horse to most anything with wheels. For years she saved her money for a car, and in March she had enough to make the purchase. “And then I found him,” she said while standing near the barn on her parents’ western Loudoun property, stroking the neck of Woodmont, an 11-year-old, 16.2-hand Thoroughbred. “I figured I didn’t need a car that bad.” Mary has ridden her way to one of the most prestigious positions of any young rider in the nation. She recently became one of only four riders her age with a steeplechase amateur jockey’s license, which means she’s now riding alongside the professionals. At the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Day in October, their second race competing against some of the nation’s best steeplechase riders, Mary and Woodmont placed third. “That gave me some confidence,” the

soft-spoken teen said. “It’s such a privilege to ride with professionals because they’re so experienced.” The professional steeplechase riders, most of whom range in age from their early 20s to early 50s, give Mary a hard time when she pulls ahead of them in competition, she said, but only jokingly. “Mostly they offer me advice,” she added. “I think they’re happy to see someone my age who’s this into it.” Mary comes from a family steeped in all things equestrian. Her grandmother raced in England, her mother was a steeplechase jockey, her father Andrew Motion breeds horses and her uncle, H. Graham Motion, trains horses—and not just any horses. He trained the 2011 Kentucky Derby champion, Animal Kingdom. “I don’t know if I had much of an option to ride,” Mary said with a laugh. She grew up fox hunting, and tried flat racing, but found a love in steeplechase, where the horse and rider navigate fences, ditches and any other obstacles the countryside throws at them. By the time she was 13 years old, Mary set a goal to ride in some of the world’s most prestigious steeplechase races. “That’s really when I started getting into

❄ ❆

Varicose Veins are not just a cosmetic issue. Varicose veins and heavy, painful legs can now be easily treated in our office. Visit our new Purcellville office to learn about the latest vein treatment options. Free screening exams are available.

❅ ❁❁

❆ ❄ ❁

Mary Motion greets her horse Woodmont at her parent’s property in Bloomfield. Mary, 16, recently became one of only four her age in the country with her steeplechase jockey’s license.

Minimally invasive Fast and mild recovery

Covered by insurance

Expert sclerotherapy services are also available for the treatment of spider veins.

Virginia Vein Care 850A E. Main Street. Purcellville, VA 20132 8180 Greensboro Dr, #1015. McLean, VA 22102

Photo By Danielle Nadler

www.VirginiaVeinCare.com

Give yourself the gift of healthy, beautiful legs.

❁ ❆

Call now to schedule a

vein consultation

703-506-VEIN (8346)

❁ ❆


9

Middleburg Life December 2011 steeplechase,” she said. “I never really knew how much I wanted to race until they introduced me to it. I just loved it.” Her trainer, Neil Morris, says she’s well on her way. “She is so much further along than she ever lets on,” he said, describing Mary as the most competent young rider in the nation. “She is an amazing girl.” Mary and Morris meet at Kinross Farm

I never really knew how much I wanted to race until they introduced me to it. I just loved it. – Mary Motion

in Upperville at 6 a.m. six days a week to train. By 8 a.m., Mary’s usually in class at Foxcroft School, where she is a junior. She also spends time working with a second trainer, Doug Fout, at Goose Creek Stables. Her trainers take very little credit for how well Mary has done in the world of steeplechase. Morris says he simply spots talent and

works with the rider to harness and direct it. “Some riders just get it, and that’s Mary,” Morris said. “She’s very composed, and she knows what’s required.” To earn her jockey’s license, Mary submitted a résumé that illustrated she had several significant races under her belt, as well as recommendations from a handful of trainers. Mary chose to earn an amateur jockey’s license over a professional license because it frees her up to ride in timber races—those with wooden rail fences that are strictly for amateur riders, Morris explained. The big timber race Mary has her eye on is the Maryland Hunt Cup—a race Morris calls the Kentucky Derby of timber races. It offers riders 22 jumps, some of which are five feet tall, over a four-mile racecourse. “It’s a special horse that’s able to get through that and a special rider,” Morris said. “Riding in that is my big goal in America,” Mary said. “And then I’ll go to England to race.” Morris has no doubts Mary could earn her professional’s license, and make a name for herself not only in the United States, but in England, where steeplechase is more prevalent. “The world is her oyster,” Morris said. “Really, I think it’s unlimited for her. She can write her own story now.”

Longtime Middleburg Bank Employee To Retire By Kara Clark Staff Writer Just shy of 20 years at Middleburg Bank, Marshall resident Anna Campbell will be calling it a career. Campbell’s last day at the bank will be Dec. 15. She would have celebrated her 20th anniversary with the company in February. A banking career was not what Campbell pictured for herself years ago, but her tenure at Middleburg Bank is one she has enjoyed thoroughly. Campbell worked at Lee Cross Jewelers some years ago and then began working for a title company. “In 1991, when everything [in the economy] went crash we all lost our jobs at the title company so I just went looking for a job to get me through,” she recalled. “When I went in and applied for this job they said I was too over-qualified. I said ‘I’ve got to have a job.’ It must’ve been OK because all these years later I’m still here.”

Campbell started out as the telephone operator and mailperson for the Middleburg branch of the bank, but would later become the assistant to the vice president and then executive assistant to the president and CEO. Since August, she has served as the greeter at the bank’s Marshall branch. Campbell grew up in The Plains, but has lived in Marshall for the past 32 years. With her last day on the job quickly approaching, Campbell said she would most miss the clients and employees she works with on a daily basis. She plans to head down to Venice, FL, with her dog Lilly to enjoy the house she and her late husband purchased three years ago. But Campbell doesn’t plan to rest on her laurels. Already active with volunteer efforts locally, she said she hopes to continue that part of her life down south. “I have been so blessed in my life I don’t think I’m going to work,” in retirement, she said. “Hopefully I will volunteer and am able to give back.”

Ultra Fur

Fashion Begins At Miller’s

Shop Tysons Galleria and Our New Chevy Chase Showroom.

S I N C E

4620 Leland Street Chevy Chase, MD 301.656.3877

1 9 2 1

Tysons Galleria McLean, VA 703.734.3877

www.millersfurs.com


10

December 2011 Middleburg Life

MARY ANN MCGOWAN (540) 687-5523 FIVE FIELDS

MIDDLEBURG ESTATE Magnificent Estate on 100 Acres in a spectacular setting. The stone house boasts 22 elegant rooms, 9 fireplaces, high ceilings, all superbly detailed and beautifully appointed. Brilliant gardents surround the heated pool. Fabulous 11 stall stone stable with 2 staff apartments. Riding ring, green house all in pristine condition. Additional acreage is available. $12,000,000

MOUNTVILLE

PEAKEWOOD PHARM

Over 100 acres of pristine land located off of Sycolin Road Approved for 3 acre parcels for a total of 10 Offering a great location, pond, and subdivision rights Ideally located with easy access to the Dulles Toll Road, Landsdowne, shopping, golf courses and sports clubs Rolling land with lush woodlands and a secluded setting. $6,800,000

Elegant 12 room manor presides over manicured lawns, flagstone terraces and brilliant perennial gardens Encompassing over 104 acres of verdant, board fenced pastures, lush woodlands and a picturesque spring fed pond Magnificent estate offers privacy Historic stone walls 2 center aisle stables, a state of the art riding ring, two stunning apartments and a charming three bedroom Guest House. $5,995,000

FOXMOUNT FARM

Fabulous 227 acre parcel with magnificent land bordering Goose Creek. A charming and spacious one level residence, beautifully updated, a 2 bedroom tenant house house, and a 22 stall stable are included. Board fenced paddocks, ponds, rolling fields and stonewalls complete this idyllic farm. $5,750,000

SOUTHWOODS Spectacular 17 room custom brick Colonial boasting over 10,000 Sq Ft. of living space on a private lane  25 gorgeous acres Palladian windows  Wood floorsGrandly scaled rooms with high ceilings Extordinary quality throughout Fabulous pool surrounded by flagstone terraces Brilliant gardens  Board fenced paddocks Ideal for horses. Minutes to Middleburg $2,750,000

TUCKAHOE

LOCUST GROVE Fabulous 250 acre farm Beautiful stone Main Residence meticulously updated and restored Charming Log Guest Cabin and separate Studio or Office Newer Barn with Run-in area Separate Apartment All in pristine condition Gorgeous views in a very protected area In Conservation Easement. $3,800,000

Extraordinary equestrian estate approximately 186 acres Contemporary residence and extensive dependenciesParklike setting, fabulous mountain views Minutes to Middleburg Gorgeous stone and frame 12 Stall Stable 3 Tenant Houses 2 Stone Guest Cottages Stable Apartment Indoor Schooling Ring Riding Ring Polo FieldHuge Equipment building and Workshop $5,600,000

ATOKA CHASE

Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday!

Stunning 5 Bedroom Cape on 10 gorgeous acres. Wonderful floorplan, sun filled rooms, high ceilings & hardwood floors. Living & dining rooms open to fabulous gardens, pool & terrace. Master suite with sitting room, gourmet country kitchen opens to breakfast & family rooms. 2nd level has 3 bedrooms and 2 Baths; Seperate Office/Guest Suite over 3 car garage. $2,495,000

GRYPHON HILL

HAWKS HILL

Exquisite “Williamsburg” colonial on approximately 20 park-like acres in the Piedmont Hunt Territory Almost 9,000 square feet of spectacular living space, beautiful historic detail, gorgeous décor and pristine condition Brilliant gardens and flagstone terraces surround the pool Breathtaking mountain views and spring fed pond add to this idyllic setting. $2,450,000

MCCABE HOUSE

Fabulous 3 level custom Cape Code residence on 50 beautiful acres in the Piedmont Hunt Territory. High ceilings, gorgeous woodwork, elegant details and superior quality create a warm and inviting atmosphere. English style courtyard stable and guest house, riding ring, lush paddocks and wonderful free form pool. All in an idyllic setting. $1,995,000

BERRY HILL

Exquisite historic manor (circa 1890’s) surrounded by brillant gardens and towering trees in an idyllic setting. Elegant and spacious rooms with high ceilings and gleaming wood floors, grace this 14 room residence, beautifully updated with impeccable taste and extraordinary craftsmanshipGourmet kitchen  4 modern Baths Library  4 fireplaces  sunfilled Porches add charm and warmthIdeal for gracious entertaining  Additional land available with two car garage.

$1,195,000

This charming historic residence, built in 1815, beautifully expanded in 1988 and updated in 2004, is in a private country setting in the heart of horse country. It has a pond surrounded by horse pastures, a tree-lined driveway, and mature gardens. The house, tastefully decorated in neutral tones, blends the warmth and charm of an antique home with modern comfort. $1,395,000

Elegant 12 room Residence on 7+ acres with barn and paddocks in a beautiful country setting. Completely renovated with impecable taste and extraordinary craftmanship, with 3 finished levels. Sun-filled and charming rooms, this exquisite home enjoys gorgeous mountain views and is ideal for gracious entertaining. Private and only 5 minutes to the village of Middleburg. $1,875,000

WATERFORD HISTORIC DISTRICT w

Ne

!

P

e ric

Exquisite custom colonial on 17+ acres with spectacular mountain views High ceilings, sun-filled rooms, superior quality and elegant decor with almost 7,000 square feet of living spaceSteam Shower Office/GuestSuiteSun RoomFamilyRoom Gourmet country Kitchen 3 finished levels with 5Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths Media Room Ideal for horses or pool. Motivated! $1,352,671

THOMAS AND TALBOT REAL ESTATE A STAUNCH ADVOCATE OF LAND EASEMENTS LAND AND ESTATE AGENTS SINCE 1967

Brian MGowan

Middleburg, Virginia 20118 (540) 687-6500 www.THOMAS-TALBOT.com

Jim McGowan


11

Middleburg Life December 2011

T h e M c G o w a n ’s w i s h t o t h a n k a l l w h o m a d e 2 0 11 a s u c c e s s f u l y e a r. WESTBURY

GRACE HILL Exquisite country estate on over 104 acres with mountain views, magnificent oaks, a picturesque pond in an idyllic setting Over 10,000 sq ft of spectacular living space with elegant sun-filled rooms, 4 Fireplaces, fabulous new Kitchen and Baths, completely redone with extraordinary quality and stunning decor Includes a 4-Bay Garage with Apt and a charming Guest House by the pool. $5,950,000

!

D OL

S

!

D OL

S

AIRWELL COURT !

S

!

D OL

S

Fabulous 7500 Sq ft Colonial on 5 park like acres Soaring ceilings, grandly scaled rooms, 4 bedrooms with private baths and walls of windows bathing the rooms with sunlight Two story family room features stone fireplace Gorgeous gardens surround the heated pool.  Best location in Beacon Hill! $1,225,000

SO

CT

RA

ER

D UN

C

T ON

!

D OL

S

POPLAR ROW

D!

SO

LA JOLIE

Spectacular 100 acres parcel at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains Surrounded by beautiful estates and lovely horse properties Located just north of Middleburg and south of Round Hill and Bluemont Mostly open and rolling Ideal setting for a gracious country estate and perfect for equestrians. $1,495,000

Exquisite custom built country French Manor on 8 acres in Middleburg Hunt Features over 7,000 sq ft of spectacular living space with marble floors, 3 Fireplaces, a true chef ’s Kitchen and custom millwork Extraordinary quality and decor Fabulous pool, gorgeous landscaping and in pristine condition. $1,450,000

!

D OL

S

RIDGE VIEW-MARSHALL

Amazing contemporary country home Brazilian cherry floors main level, in-law nanny suite with WD hookup, curved staircase and great architectural elements,2 wet bars,2family rooms. stone fireplace. rear and front covered porch.Fuog Interbuilt center aisle barn 6/8 stalls. 2 run in sheds.Beautiful Mt Views suitable for horse boarding operation 2 run in sheds,,fabulous mountain views $899,999

!

D OL

S

D!

L SO

Located on 6 acres in the charming town of Aldie, this historic home includes stone cottage, inground pool, wood burning fireplaces and potential stalls with tack room. Property is in "as is" condition.

D!

L SO

8.7 acres of beautiful rolling land in terrific location just outside Town of Leesburg. Property in Land Use; Seller not responsible 4 rollback taxes.

$450,000

$399,000

KIRK BRANCH ROAD

Middleburg: 19.73 Acres Wooded Acres fronting on paved road, priced below assessed value. Build your dream home, have privacy and still be close to all the conveniences.This parcel is part of an Estate. $300,000

Gracious Country Colonial on 10 rolling acres in Horse Country. 3 finished levels, pool, tiered decks. Gourmet kitchen w/granite counters & stainless appliances. Family room with fireplace. Located at end of cul de sac for complete privacy. Lovely mountain views. Mins from town, schools, shopping. Good for commuting.. Miles of riding/hiking. $599,999

THOMAS MILL RD.

MEETING HOUSE

Charming country home has been completely renovated with new Kitchen, Baths, Flooring, Plumbing, and Electric Located at the end of a quiet lane in the heart of Upperville on a beautiful 1 acre parcel Property boasts towering trees and an inground pool Great Room has vaulted 2 Story-Ceilings, Brick Fireplace, Hardwood Floors, and opens to the Deck and Spa! $495,000

LYME KILN LAND L SO

Qualified for the National Register of Historic Places one truly steps back in time when entering the halls of this grand circa 1790 Federal style manor home nestled among 591 acres in the rural setting of Stephenson, Virgina10 minutes to both Rte. 7 and I-81 highways making it a quick trip to downtown Winchester Large tax credit potential. $3,200,000

! LD

PURCELLVILLE

BEACON HILL ! LD

107 gorgeous acres Stunning stone manor 6 Fireplaces, Antique Mantels, Tall Windows and Soaring Ceilings, Fabulous Millwork and Craftsmanship Brilliant Gardens surround the Pool Guesthouse, Apartment over 4 Bay Garage, Stable, Riding Ring, 2 Tenant Houses, and Ponds Exquisite Setting. $5,600,000

SNICKERSVILLE LAND

Magnificent new colonial with approximately 10,000 square feet of spectacular living space on 13+ acres Premier model estate with 6 Bedrooms, 6 Full and 3 Half Baths, Wine Cellar, Library and fabulous gourmet Kitchen 3 finished levels, fully equipped Theater, Recreation Room with bar, gleaming cherry floors, and stone terrace Board fenced and ideal for horses Incredible views! $2,295,950

D OL

CLERIDGE

D!

L SO

POOR HOUSE ROAD

Beautiful 3 acre parcel overlooking Goose Creek. One Bedroom drainfield. Great potential for renovation and located on a great country lane in Middleburg.

D!

L SO

$299,000

THOMAS AND TALBOT REAL ESTATE A STAUNCH ADVOCATE OF LAND EASEMENTS LAND AND ESTATE AGENTS SINCE 1967

Middleburg, Virginia 20118 (540) 687-6500 www.THOMAS-TALBOT.com

Stunning 10+ acre lot in a setting of spectacular homes. Excellent location, within fifteen minutes of Middleburg. Ponds views, believed to have a 4 bedroom perc. $220,000


12

December 2011 Middleburg Life

Transformational Healing – Finding Joy Thru Change The Transformational Healing of Energy Work How energy work can help you transform your life Monday, December 5 & 12 • 7:00 – 7:45 pm • FREE Transformational Healing 2 South Hamilton St. • Middleburg, VA

New FREE Groups Starting in January: Women’s Spiritual Group – A Study of A Course in Miracles Transitions – Finding Positive Solutions to Cope with Tough Times For more info, visit www.meetup.com/transform-heal/ PHONE 703-966-7620 • EMAIL cindy@transform-heal.com

Finding Joy Through Change

MALL WIDE SALES UNBELIEVABLE VARIETIES of ANTIQUES & UNIQUES with 40+ DEALERS IN 10,000 SQ FT

Fun Holiday Shopping Abounds In Middleburg By Margaret Morton Staff Writer There are few more pleasant, or productive, places to shop than Middleburg. The town has great atmosphere—its varied 18th and 19th century architecture forming the perfect backdrop to the town’s main thoroughfare, Washington Street, and flanking side streets. But it’s not just the setting that provides so much charm and pleasure for visitors and residents alike—it’s the sheer number

We’re Not Just Your Place To Shop...We’re Your Destination! Shop Where The Dealers Shop!

1st Anniversary Weekend

SALES BLOW-OUT!

$500 Merchandise Giveaway & Raffles All Dec.!

Drawings & Prizes Dec 31 & Jan 1

19487 James Monroe Hwy (Rt 15S) Leesburg, VA 20175

703-777-3363

Antiques make the Best Gifts Layaway’s Back! Free Gift Wrap!

50% Off All Christmas! (& Estate Furniture)

www.leesburgcourtofshops.com

leesburgcos@yahoo.com 3 miles south of Downtown Leesburg on 15 S

The Fun Shop on Washington Street has been a gift-time favorite for generations.

and variety of the eclectic small specialty stores that provide their own appeal and atmosphere. There’s no big box store available in the area, just a wonderful array of small shops, usually as different from each other as could be imagined, and happy visitors amble from one to the other until their feet wear out, and they beat a willing retreat to a nearby café or restaurant. There are too many stores to mention in one telling, but we highlight some possibilities to whet your appetite, most located on Washington Street, with some on Federal and other side streets. You can spend as much or as little as you want in Middleburg—a whole lot if upscale clothing or top-flight antiques are what you’re looking for. Or, you can look for, and find, bargains among the probably thousands

of items at The Fun Shop at the western end of Washington Street, or brightly patterned linens and pottery at Crème de la Crème at the other end of that main thoroughfare and the White Elephant consignment store on Federal Street that has some surprising items available. If pampering your pet is in order for Christmas, Wylie Wagg for Pets on east Washington has everything—from bejeweled collars, some with bells on, to keep kitty in your sights, to all kinds of pet foods, blankets, leashes, feeding bowls, etc. For those who love harkening back to the traditional European ornaments—Swedish candle carousels, Moravian glass baubles, tin soldiers, hand painted ornaments and hand-carved wooden figures representing the kind of people you’d typically meet in an Alpine village—the Christmas Sleigh has a wonderful selection, along with Alpine clothing and pewter ornaments. Best of all, the shop has a good selection of Advent Calendars. You may have missed a few days, but there’s still time to pick one up—as much for their covers, which depict famous historic buildings, such as the Doge’s Palace in Venice, St. Peter’s in Rome or gorgeous palaces in France, Russia or Italy. I know of one couple who were given one a number of years ago. After they opened every door and window, they decided to keep it on the fridge because it was so beautiful. It’s still there today. And the choice for shoppers is wideranging. There’s a slew of men’s and women’s clothing possibilities—including high-end, traditional women’s and men’s clothing at places like Tully Rector, Duchessa’s, Lou Lou or English Country Classic. And the Magic Wardrobe does indeed have spectacular and “magic” apparel for young people. Or you can look for upscale vintage clothing at Timmie Jane if that’s your fancy. Those who want to browse for antiques can check out Hastings Antiques, or antique floor coverings at Aliloo Oriental Rugs. For fancy frames, go to Waller Picture Frames and there are several excellent art galleries. For home décor, take a look at the European imports at The Shaggy Ram. Market Salamander is among several locations offering delicious food—all cooked by someone else—and ready for you to take home. And again in a harking back to an earlier time as well as offering the best of today’s organic products and humanely produced meats, The Home Farm is the nearest thing to an old-fashioned butcher’s shop you could


13

Middleburg Life December 2011

Come visit us at our new location

Gourmet Food Supplies Market Salamander’s whimsical gingerbread village was fun for everyone who passed by on Washington Street last year as they watched pastry chef Jason Reaves slowly create his masterpiece ideal village, complete with overhead railway track, tunnels and train station.

find. Middleburg has lots of accessories and gift shops—just roam up and down the street. There’s also a book store on Federal Street, Second Chapter Books, a couple of jewelers, Thomas Hays and Son and Monte Fine Jewelry, and, as befits Middleburg’s location in the heart of horse country, several stores devoted to equines on West Federal Street. When your feet get tired and you want a break, head for one of the many eateries in Middleburg—such as Scruffy’s Ice Cream Parlorr, heavenly marshmallow melting in hot chocolate at Mello Out, Teddy’s pizza or café fare to more elaborate and gourmet establishments, including The French Hound and the venerable Red Fox Inn & Tavern—there are plenty of great places in Middleburg at which to eat. And if it’s wine tasting you’d like, you can pop into Boxwood Wineries’ The Tasting Room and Wine Bar or the nearby Barrel Oak tasting room and art gallery. The sky’s the limit for shopping and eating in Middleburg. You may go home with a much lighter wallet, but you will have found some unusual and lovely gifts and had a great time doing it.

We have a complete line of ALL Yamahas, including lots of TTR’s and Grizzly ATVs to fill your holidays with outdoor fun! Give your kids, or the kid hiding in you, a Christmas to remember.

Get Back To Family Values & Spend Time Outside With Your Family!! 212 Catoctin Circle SE Leesburg VA

703-777-1652 www.loudounmotorsports.com

Tues. - Fri. 10am-6pm, Sat. 9am-4pm

Extended Holiday Hours

Bodum • Le Creuset All-Clad • Staub Zwilling • J.A. Henckels Emil Henry • Revol Virginia’s Finest Products Stonewall Kitchen Wind and Willow

Kitchen Gadgets

Cooking Classes

Rutherford Crossing

off of I81, Exit 317 229 Market Street, Winchester

540.535.0787 Nibblins.com


14

December 2011 Middleburg Life

PATH Honors Beckman For Lifetime Achievement By Lauren R. Giannini For Middleburg Life Mary Jo Beckman grew up in Texas and soon discovered that nothing, not even a career in the Navy, could reduce her desire to be around horses. When she was stationed in Hawaii, she took her horse to live with her on the island. When her tour ended, her horse Tom relocated with her to California, along with her husband Bob. Beckman retired as a commander in 1994 after 20 years of service. Her life is filled with good works and a passion to share the

therapeutic benefits of riding and driving with all sorts of people: kids of all ages, some of them wounded warriors. In 1997 Beckman became involved with the Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation at Morven Park. She pursued certification as a master instructor and driving instructor with PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship–formerly NARHA). She helped LTRF to expand its program services to include therapeutic driving and contributed actively to the development of the Horses for Heroes program for

Daphne Daphne is a delightful spayed female Corgi mix that was born in February. She is very sweet and enjoys playing with toys and other small dogs. She loves people, is excellent with children, adores getting attention, and is crate trained. MHF also has many wonderful cats, kittens, & horses looking for forever homes. We would love to work with you to find the perfect family HUMANE FOUNDATION friend. Visit our website for available animals. (540) 364-3272 www.middleburghumane.com

MIDDLEBURG

All too often, we separate our lives into compartments. Your charity. Your family. Your interests. Compartmentalized. And seemingly at odds. From a higher vantage point, your values, your family, your interests and your money are entirely intertwined. Whether by design or by accident, they are all interconnected parts of one portfolio — your life. We, of course, suggest that you live it by design, using a process we call wealth planning. We welcome your family to contact our office and learn more about our commitment to multi-generational wealth management or visit our website at http://fa.morganstanleyindividual.com/ellisonellison/. The CGE Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney C. Greg Ellison, CIMA® First Vice President Wealth Advisor

Charles M. Ellison, CIMA® Financial Advisor

440 W. Jubal Early Drive, Suite 260 Winchester, VA 22601 888-842-9595 greg.ellison@mssb.com

A Morgan Stanley Company

© 2011 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.

NY CS 6613439 02/11

veterans disabled in combat. During the PATH International Horse Conference and Horse Expo in Lexington, KY, Nov. 11, PATH honored Beckman with the James Brady Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication and service to Loudoun Therapeutic Riding. Although the award concerned only her involvement with LTRF, Beckman’s efforts at Fort Myer merit recognition as well. Beckman and retired Army National Guard Command Sergeant Major Larry Pence co-founded a therapeutic riding program for amputees at Fort Myer. It started in 2005 when she heard about a program at Fort Hood, TX, and, armed with her background at LTRF and first-hand knowledge of the benefits of riding, along with some video footage from Fort Hood, a dream for wounded warriors turned into a reality. “It was very important that the Army had already done something like this,” Beckman said. “As soon as we put on the video—a soldier with no legs below the knees grinning and riding—it was a win-win situation. In March 2006 they said yes. The horses had to be trained, the soldiers had to be trained, and by June 2006 we had four lessons as a pilot program for the Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Programs.” The amputee riders came from Walter Reed and they rode for 30-40 minutes. Two balance tests took place, one before the lesson, one after. The balance test also evaluates core strength. “Every one of the riders improved,” said Beckman. “The horse’s hips move in a pattern similar to a human walking. As a result, these people were able to use their prosthetic legs better because the riding improved their core strength and balance.” Walter Reed endorsed the therapeutic riding program for amputees, offering it as one of the physical therapy choices for their wounded veterans. One peripheral bonus of the Caisson program is utilizing able-bodied soldiers to volunteer as sidewalkers and leaders. That’s a win-win situation from every point of view. The amputees improve their strength, balance and attitude and the soldier volunteers enjoy not only their service but also the opportunity to interact with these incredible creatures. It’s more proof that Winston Churchill was right: the outside of a horse is unbelievably good for the inside of a human. The Caisson program led to collaboration between PATH International and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs—this resulted in the PATH Horses for Heroes program. Today, there are more than 100 therapeutic riding programs across the U.S. serving veterans. Beckman, of course, became the official con-

Photo by Kathy Blaine

Mary Jo Beckman tact for Horses for Heroes, fielding inquiries that range from how to start a program with the military to compiling a list of frequently asked questions and their answers. The response was pretty amazing in terms of the numbers of programs interested in working with veterans or wounded military. The retired commander provided them with help and assistance. She learned how various programs got started and disseminated that information. “We keep having to prove that equines are good for these people,” said Beckman, who describe herself as the “linkage and the resource” between the top leaders in the military hierarchy and the people benefitting from riding therapy. Toward the end of her Navy career, Beckman got started by volunteering at Rock Creek Park when the family moved back to Falls Church. She described herself as being “happy as a lark” and then Rock Creek asked her to be an instructor. “It was totally foreign to me,” Beckman said. “I went to school in Texas, several months long, to train to be a therapeutic riding instructor. It was like boot camp! After a lecture on visual issues, the next day 20 people, totally blind, showed up at the barn. It was wonderful to see how those horses could make a difference in peoples’ lives. We scrubbed down a stall, put in clean bedding. They went in and explored—touching and


15

Middleburg Life December 2011 smelling everything. This has made a huge change in my life, and when I returned to Virginia, I taught in other therapeutic riding programs until the Caisson got started.” Beckman became a certified therapeutic driving instructor after helping to exercise hunt horses in Middleburg. “It was a mid-life crisis,” she quipped. “I went to Mary Alice Matheson. She gave me fantastic experiences working with a variety of horses and ponies, driving singles and pairs, in the open and in the woods over a variety of terrain. Because of that, I was able to earn my driving certification.” Then her husband encouraged her to get her master certification. Beckman said it was challenging. In addition to writing case reports and numerous essays, she had to face four different panels composed of other Master level instructors who asked lots of questions. “I had to prove myself,” she said. Beckman has contributed vitally to the quality of life for a bunch of people, ranging from children to military veterans. She teaches the skills, the therapeutic adaptation of riding and driving, with its figure eights, circles, walking and trotting. When she has enough riders, she teaches them a military formation. “I’m always trying to make this one better than the last lesson,” Beckman said. “I set it up and the horse does its magic. The people are out of the clinic, out of the hospital, on a horse. It’s about working together. Having control over that poundage underneath you is empowering. Horses have made a 180 degree difference in their lives.”

Horses For Heroes

KIM TAPPER ACC, CPCC Create Positive Lasting Change in Your Life!

Right: Col. Greg Gadson rides Ranger at Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Program.  Photo by Suzanne Dortch

g in: lizin a i c e g sp chin ic Illness a o on C

rs hr e Lif lities / C d Teenage i n a b a n

Dis Wome and Up in 13 and Ages

540-687-6740

15 S. Madison St. Middleburg

www.aptblifecoaching.com

PUBLISHER’S NOTICE

Left: Sergeant Major Mackey, USMC, feeding carrots to “Bud” after a lesson.   He loved riding this 17+ hand percheron! Photo by Pebbles Turbeville

The programs continue to grow. Each session makes a huge difference to people whose lives have been impacted by the wild cards of disability, disease and war wounds. Beckman’s lesson plans are succeeding beyond her wildest dreams.

“One man, out of the military and classified as a veteran, has a traumatic brain injury. He says Thursday—the day he rides in the Caisson program—is the best day of the week,” Beckman said. “How uplifting is that? It’s the

Long Branch, Oatlands Director Boyce Dies

David “Millwood” Yost Boyce, 57, of Millwood, died Nov. 13. He was born April 5, 1954, in Winchester, the son of William Lee and Lois Yost Boyce. He graduated from Randolph Macon Academy, and received a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of South Carolina. He earned a Master’s Degree in U.S. History from New York University. He attended New York University as a Ph.D. candidate in American Colonial History. Mr. Boyce was a force for historic preservation and a well-respected authority on Virginia History. He was executive director of Oatlands Plantation, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He was also a paid consultant for regional historic and museum properties. Additionally, he was active in preservation and conservation issues confronting Loudoun County. Prior to his career in historic preservation, Mr. Boyce was the executive director of Downtown Berryville, Inc., part of the Virginia Main Street Program and earlier a research and development liaison for Hitachi America in New York where he resided for eight years before returning to Clarke County. In 2010, Mr. Boyce was named executive director of Long Branch Historic House and Farm in Clarke County. At Oatlands, Mr. Boyce created the Douglas W. Hunt Center for Historical Studies as well as supervising many restoration and preservation projects, including the restoration of Oatlands 1810 greenhouse, the founding and opening of the Alice Dupont Mills Garden Library and the restoration of the Eustis Garden Teahouse. Under Mr. Boyce’s guidance, Oatlands enjoyed fiscal stability and successfully weathered increasing pressure from housing development interests in Northern Virginia. Mr. Boyce also forged relationships that led to many of Oat-

lands signature events, such as the Middleburg Kennel Club All Breeds Dog Show, the annual Oatlands’ High School Cross Country MultiState & Regional Invitational Meet and the annual Christmas Theatre. As an authority on early Virginia history and a Carter family scholar, Mr. Boyce often gave entertaining and erudite lectures on Carter family history, especially as it related to Oatlands, a Carter plantation. He was frequently invited to lecture on a variety of other regional historical subjects and did so often. He served twice on the Winchester Star Leadership Awards Committee, which awards scholarships to high school students and was a past president and board member of the Millwood Country Club, a past board member of the Mosby Heritage Association and a past member of the Winchester Regional Commission. He also served on the boards of the John S. Mosby Heritage Area Association, the Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission and the Claremont Trust and was a guest lecturer for Historic Preservation classes at Mary Washington University and Northern Virginia Community College. He was a lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church in Berryville. His marriage to Melissa Adeane Phipps ended in divorce. He is survived by his children Justin Phipps Boyce and Emma Pleydell-Bouverie Boyce of New Orleans, LA, and his brother William Lee Boyce Jr. of Winchester. Memorial contributions may be made to Oatlands, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg, VA 20175 or Long Branch Historic House and Farm, P.O. Box 241, Millwood, VA 22646.

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of Virginia’s policy for achieving equal housing opportunity throughout the Commonwealth. We encourage and support advertising and marketing programs in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap. All real estate advertised herein is subject to Virginia’s fair housing law which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status or handicap or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” This newspaper will not knowingly accept advertising for real estate that violates the fair housing law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. For more information or to file a housing complaint call the Virginia Fair Housing Office at (804) 367-9753. Email: fairhousing@dpor.virginia.gov. Web site: www.fairhousing.vipnet.org

TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH Upperville, Virginia

SERVICE OF LESSONS & CAROLS 7:00 pm Saturday, December 17, 2011 with The Master Singers of Virginia

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

4:00 pm Family Service with a children’s homily, children’s choir, and celebration of the Holy Eucharist. 8:00 pm Festival Service with the full Trinity Choir, soloists, strings, and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. 11:00 pm Candlelight Service with a more quiet and contemplative liturgy, a cappella music and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE

10:30 am Celebration of the Holy Eucharist

EPIPHANY

Friday, January 6, 2012 7:00 pm Celebration of the Holy Eucharist

The Reverend Robert L. Banse, Jr., Rector Christian Myers, Director of Music Ministries

540-592-3343

www. trinityupperville.org


John.MlifeCntrSpread2.Dec.2011_John Coles.qxd 11/23/11 2:49 PM Page 1

John Coless CLovErLAND

53 ACrES-oLDCArTErS mILL rD.

Orange County Hunt sMiddleburg s5 Bedroom Stone and Stucco Home s50  Acres sPaneled Library sHeart of Pine Floors sStone Terrace sMedia Room sExercise Room s3 Bay Garage sExtensive Gardens sGuest Quarters sPond sTenant House s8 Stall Stable sCovered Arena. $3,800,000

! SO

SO

LD

LD

! LD SO 107 gorgeous acres sStunning stone manor s6 Fireplaces, Antique Mantels, Tall Windows and Soaring Ceilings, Fabulous Millwork and Craftsmanship sBrilliant Gardens surround the Pool sGuesthouse, Apartment over 4 Bay Garage, Stable, Riding Ring, 2 Tenant Houses, and Ponds $5,600,000  sExquisite Setting.

Looking forward to another great year of fulfilling your Real Estate needs. 52 ACrES - WILLISvILLE rD.

Discriminating Federal manor home on 5 acres just outside  of   Middleburgs3  Bedrooms,  2  Full  Baths,  2  Half bathss3  Fireplacess Sun  RoomsHardwood  Floors Throughout  s Custom  Professional  Kitchen s Immaculate Walled Gardens s Tremendous Views and more.                                                                   $2,950,000

183 ACrES - WELbourNE roAD

!

! LD SO

SO

SO

LD

LD

!

! SO

U

N

D

E

R

 C

O

N

SO

T

R

LD

LD

!

A

C

T

!

71 ACrES-LoNG brANCh rD

!

TWICkENhAm LD

John Coles wishes to thank all the Sellers, Purchasers and Agents that have made these sales possible. 86 ACrES-oLD CArTErS mILL rD.

SToNELEDGE

100 ACrES -ZuLLA roAD

SO

SO

LD

!

TIGEr TrAp

Exquisite Georgian Manor home built in 2005. Approx. 7300 sq. ft. of  finished living space on upper two levels. Luxurious owner’s suite. Lower level with 9’ ceilings & windows ready to be finished. Elevator to all three     levels. Beautiful formal gardens and guest house. 101 Acre estate in the Warrenton Hunt.                       $3,800,000

www.ThomAS-TALboT.com

Our listings receive over 35,000 visits world wide per month. Offers subject to errors, omissions, change of price or withdrawal without notice. Information contained herein is deemed reliable, but is not so warranted nor is it otherwise guaranteed.

97.33  acre  horse  property  in  the  Middleburg  area  s2 Stables; 11 stalls and 8 stalls  s6 Paddocks and 3 Fields within  hacking  distance  of   the  Middleburg  Training Center sBeautiful 2 story brick home, well built with 4 Bedrooms and 4.5 Baths  $1,650,000

! LD

!

PEC LAND  -  Paris  Mountain-  487  Acres  adjacent to Historic Ovoka Farm and Sky Meadows State Park. Conservation land with potential to build two homes; however property cannot be divided. $5,500/acre sold in entirety. $2,673,000 POTTS MILL - Middleburg. 316 acres with frontage on Little River sOpen Space Easement with further tax credit potential. Rolling fields with mature hardwood forest. Orange County Hunt. Great ride out. Within 5 miles of the village of Middleburg. Excellent views. $21,0  00/acre HALFWAY ROAD - Orange County Hunt. Beautiful 13.38 parcel of land on Halfway Road in The Plains, Virginia. Fenced field, pond and run-in shed. Approx. half of the property is in mature trees in land use with Fauquier County. $550,000

DovEr roAD

vICkErS FArm

SO

SO

LD

! Located on a quiet and picturesque lane in the Orange Quaint 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath Board & Batten home on 7.89 County  Hunt  territory,  this  lovely  all  stone  one  level acres with open floor plan on the main level with stone home is situated amongst 52+ acres of  soaring trees.      fireplace.  Recently  renovated  kitchen  s 4  Stall  Barn 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bath s Two parcels s 60x30 Equipment Fenced  Paddocks  Sited  on  a  very  private  knoll  this s s Building.                      home  opens  out  to  the  deck  with  pool.  Great  for $750,000 entertaining.                                                             $790,000                 

CLIFTON LAND  -  126.11  acres of mostly open, verdant land in great location, just north of Upperville with pastures and views of the Blue Ridge. Fully fenced, multiple home sites, tributary Pantherskin Creek. Ideal for easement potential and could benefit from excellent tax credits. Piedmont Hunt. $3,600,000 THE PLAINS  283+  ares of rolling land with incredible views is all directions sFrontage on Zulla Road or Rock Hill Mill s Great location with one home and several large barns and plenty of stalls sVery private setting sTax credit incentives. $28,000/acre NEAR THE PLAINS - 142 acres. Great location South of The Plains. Mostly wooded with views. $1,400,000

LAND LD

LAND

prINCE roAD

SO

EL ESCoNDITE LD

D!

100 ACrES WILSoN roAD

WESTbury

! SO

SO

LD

LD

! LD SO

Overlooking 149+  acres in Orange Hunt near The Plains sTruly a masterpiece of fine country living s5 Bedroom stone home with Slate Roof, Apartment above the 2 Car Garage, Indoor Pool, Tennis Court, magnificent views of the Blue Ridge, as well as stunning gardens and orchards. $6,450,000

E UC

(540) 687-5522

!

320 ACrES - ATokA roAD

17

Middleburg Life December 2011

December 2011 Middleburg Life

!

s

SO

D RE

16

One level brick home on 3  Acres is within minutes of Middleburg. Very desirable neighborhood s 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath s The 2 Car Garage is accessed from the lower level with a staired entry into the kitchen s Large Deck off the back s Desirable neighborhood and Private $550,000

ThoMAs AnD TAlBoT ReAl esTATe A STAUNCH ADVOCATE OF LAND EASEMENTS LAND AND ESTATE AGENTS SINCE 1967 (540) 687-6500 Middleburg, Virginia 20118


17

Middleburg Life December 2011

MCENEARNEY ASSOCIATES, INC. REALTORS® MIDDLEBURG OFFICE

540.687.5490 • www.McEnearneyMiddleburg.com

7 W. Washington Street • PO Box 1171 • Middleburg, VA 20118 PURCELLVILLE

$1,795,000

$747,000

Silcott Springs Farm

LEESBURG

$318,000

LI NE ST W IN G

PRNE IC W E

Eglinton

WATERFORD

LI NE ST W IN G

$3,950,000

PRNE IC W E

MIDDLEBURG

New Home to be Built

Historic Masterpiece (circa 1760)

Renowned 1928 landmark with superb Zulla Road location – 1 mile west of Middleburg. Refreshed 5-bedroom, 7,000 sq.ft. residence, 8-stall stable, 3-bedroom guest house. 76+ acres in VOF Cons.

3-bedroom, 3-bath, circa 1790, fieldstone Manor House. New modern addition with gourmet kitchen, master bedroom, and family room. Guest cottage, stone bank barn, pond, & paddocks on 40 acres.

Just outside the historic village of Waterford Waterford Homes will build this quaint cottage on a 5 acre secluded lot. This home can be customized to your specifications. Come walk the lot.

One of the few early log buildings in the heart of Leesburg's historic district. 1-bedroom, 1-bath with parking. Perfect for a weekend getaway, office or business (zoned commercial & residential).

Mary Owen Chatfield-Taylor

Patricia Burns

Christy Hertel

Paula Clagett

540.454.6723 www.patriciaburnsinmiddleburg.com FRONT ROYAL

$900,000

Big Price Reduction!

MLS ID# LO7731953

WINCHESTER

MLS ID# LO7727614

$749,000

Beautiful Warren County Farmland

HAYMARKET

$1,399,000

LD

C O PE NT N RA D C IN T G

$3,900,000

C O PE NT N RA D C IN T G

McLEAN

MLS ID# LO7678904

703.738.8284 www.paulaclagett.com

C O PE NT N RA D C IN T G

MLS ID# LO7567871

703.624.6283 www.christyhertel.com

SO

540.454.6500 www.mcenearney.com

Dreamy 360° Views

Piedmont Riding Club

Was $5,250,000. Now $3,900,000. 8 bedrooms, 10 baths, 2 kitchens, elevator, generator, theater, pool, hot tub, sport court, video surveillance, safe room, and home theater. 5 acres backs to parkland.

Panoramic mountain views and VOF conservancy easments. 126 acres of rolling farm land is 60% open. Located 1 mile west of Shenandoah River in Blueridge Hunt territory.

Custom, luxury, privacy on 8.5 acres. Main-level master, designer kitchen…too much to list. Lower media, kitchen, bedroom/bath, second garage, workshop. Geo-thermal and radiant.

Elegant Tuscany inspired home on ten acres with three-car garage and guest house/studio. Media, wine, rec room and second kitchen. Horses permitted.

Patricia Burns

Mary Owen Chatfield-Taylor

Mary Dionisio Roberge

Rachael Remuzzi

MLS ID# FX7465788

MLS ID# WR7491810

MLS ID# FV7630104

540.454.6723 www.patriciaburnsinmiddleburg.com

540.454.6500 www.mcenearney.com

703.738.8270 www.maryroberge.com

703.609.8462 www.rachaelremuzzi.com

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE! Happy Holidays from the gang at

McEnearney's Middleburg Office

McEnearney Associates Middleburg Office is holding a food drive to benefit Seven Loaves Food Bank. Seven Loaves Food Bank, which was founded by The Reverend Martin Spillman, former minister at Middleburg United Methodist Church, is a ministry of volunteers dedicated to providing food and other supplies to those members of our community and surrounding areas who are in need of assistance. Seven Loaves is a non-profit organization funded by gifts from local churches, organizations and caring individuals, which assists more than 5,000 people a year. Seven Loaves operates out of the Middleburg United Methodist Church and is open for food distribution on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Food Donations will be accepted Weekdays 9:00-5:00 through December 20th at the McEnearney office in Middleburg – 7 West Washington Street.

Experience the DIFFERENCE as a McEnearney Associate! To learn more about all the services that McEnearney Associates provides, please contact us for a confidential interview. Candice Bower, Managing Broker - 703.623.6605

®

®


18

December 2011 Middleburg Life

ON THE MARKET

‘Wind Fields’ Offers Sumptuous Features Quintessential Hunt Country Estate Graces 464 Acres in a Prime Locale

Set on 464 acres of prime Middleburg countryside, location alone assures this month’s featured property a top-tier place among sought-after Hunt Country estates. And yet Wind Fields Farm is so much more. Hidden behind handsome, tree-lined stone walls off historic Snickersville Turnpike, the grand estate exemplifies stylish living. Meticulously restored and maintained by its current owner, the timeless 18-room colonial showcases 150 years of history, and the exterior provides exemplary facilities for the equestrian and those eager to enjoy the best of the verdant local landscape. The property currently is on the market, listed at $15,800,000 by Kathryn Harrell and Anita Sisney of Armfield, Miller & Ripley Fine Properties. Our featured property’s recorded history dates to the 1720s, when it was part of the 11,000-acre Goose Creek tract of Col. Robert Carter, land agent for Thomas, sixth Lord Fairfax. The Fairfax tract, which totaled nearly 5.3 million acres, dates back to a 1640s grant given by King Charles II to his most loyal supporters. (We commend to readers’ attention a 1990 history of the property’s lineage, compiled by Eugene M. Scheel, to shed more light on the pedigree of the Wind Fields

locale.) Throughout the main home, rooms of perfect proportions await our inspection. In all, there are eight bedrooms, nine full baths, three half baths and nine fireplaces. The detailing is superb, and the home manages to marvelously meld tradition with modern features in a package that is a testament to good taste and style. The pool, cabana and gazebo are tucked away from view, yet still close to the main home, and from here you will find showstopping vistas of nearby rolling meadows and distant mountains. Equestrian facilities are top-quality, including an eight-stall barn with spacious apartment above, and a 100x200 sand ring. The acreage around the main home of-

fers fenced pastures, woodlands, extensive naturalized landscaping, streams, specimen trees and a long boundary line along the protected Goose Creek. Views abound from the main home’s terraces, arbors and covered porches. A remarkable opportunity awaits those who choose to call Wind Fields home. 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: 39850 Snickersville Turnpike, Middleburg. Listed at: $15,800,000 by Kathryn Harrell (540) 687-2215 and Anita Sisney (540) 923-4796, Armfield, Miller & Ripley Fine Properties.


19

Middleburg Life December 2011

MCENEARNEY ASSOCIATES, INC. REALTORS® MIDDLEBURG OFFICE

540.687.5490 • www.McEnearneyMiddleburg.com

7 W. Washington Street • PO Box 1171 • Middleburg, VA 20118 PURCELLVILLE

$1,795,000

$747,000

Silcott Springs Farm

LEESBURG

$318,000

LI NE ST W IN G

PRNE IC W E

Eglinton

WATERFORD

LI NE ST W IN G

$3,950,000

PRNE IC W E

MIDDLEBURG

New Home to be Built

Historic Masterpiece (circa 1760)

Renowned 1928 landmark with superb Zulla Road location – 1 mile west of Middleburg. Refreshed 5-bedroom, 7,000 sq.ft. residence, 8-stall stable, 3-bedroom guest house. 76+ acres in VOF Cons.

3-bedroom, 3-bath, circa 1790, fieldstone Manor House. New modern addition with gourmet kitchen, master bedroom, and family room. Guest cottage, stone bank barn, pond, & paddocks on 40 acres.

Just outside the historic village of Waterford Waterford Homes will build this quaint cottage on a 5 acre secluded lot. This home can be customized to your specifications. Come walk the lot.

One of the few early log buildings in the heart of Leesburg's historic district. 1-bedroom, 1-bath with parking. Perfect for a weekend getaway, office or business (zoned commercial & residential).

Mary Owen Chatfield-Taylor

Patricia Burns

Christy Hertel

Paula Clagett

540.454.6723 www.patriciaburnsinmiddleburg.com FRONT ROYAL

$900,000

Big Price Reduction!

MLS ID# LO7731953

WINCHESTER

MLS ID# LO7727614

$749,000

Beautiful Warren County Farmland

HAYMARKET

$1,399,000

LD

C O PE NT N RA D C IN T G

$3,900,000

C O PE NT N RA D C IN T G

McLEAN

MLS ID# LO7678904

703.738.8284 www.paulaclagett.com

C O PE NT N RA D C IN T G

MLS ID# LO7567871

703.624.6283 www.christyhertel.com

SO

540.454.6500 www.mcenearney.com

Dreamy 360° Views

Piedmont Riding Club

Was $5,250,000. Now $3,900,000. 8 bedrooms, 10 baths, 2 kitchens, elevator, generator, theater, pool, hot tub, sport court, video surveillance, safe room, and home theater. 5 acres backs to parkland.

Panoramic mountain views and VOF conservancy easments. 126 acres of rolling farm land is 60% open. Located 1 mile west of Shenandoah River in Blueridge Hunt territory.

Custom, luxury, privacy on 8.5 acres. Main-level master, designer kitchen…too much to list. Lower media, kitchen, bedroom/bath, second garage, workshop. Geo-thermal and radiant.

Elegant Tuscany inspired home on ten acres with three-car garage and guest house/studio. Media, wine, rec room and second kitchen. Horses permitted.

Patricia Burns

Mary Owen Chatfield-Taylor

Mary Dionisio Roberge

Rachael Remuzzi

MLS ID# FX7465788

MLS ID# WR7491810

MLS ID# FV7630104

540.454.6723 www.patriciaburnsinmiddleburg.com

540.454.6500 www.mcenearney.com

703.738.8270 www.maryroberge.com

703.609.8462 www.rachaelremuzzi.com

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE! Happy Holidays from the gang at

McEnearney's Middleburg Office

McEnearney Associates Middleburg Office is holding a food drive to benefit Seven Loaves Food Bank. Seven Loaves Food Bank, which was founded by The Reverend Martin Spillman, former minister at Middleburg United Methodist Church, is a ministry of volunteers dedicated to providing food and other supplies to those members of our community and surrounding areas who are in need of assistance. Seven Loaves is a non-profit organization funded by gifts from local churches, organizations and caring individuals, which assists more than 5,000 people a year. Seven Loaves operates out of the Middleburg United Methodist Church and is open for food distribution on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Food Donations will be accepted Weekdays 9:00-5:00 through December 20th at the McEnearney office in Middleburg – 7 West Washington Street.

Experience the DIFFERENCE as a McEnearney Associate! To learn more about all the services that McEnearney Associates provides, please contact us for a confidential interview. Candice Bower, Managing Broker - 703.623.6605

®

®


20

December 2011 Middleburg Life

Voter Beware: Uranium Mining In Virginia There are two sides to every story, as the old saying goes, and that is certainly true of the current issue of lifting the 1982 ban on uranium mining in Virginia. The uranium industry has done its homework on how to make this sound like the safest mining in the world. However, the reality is, historically, mining of every kind has not been safe. So where can uranium be found in Virginia? Well, there are deposits from Fauquier County in the north to Danville and the North Carolina border. There are already 481 uranium leases in Fauquier, Culpeper and Madison counties, according to the Southern Environmental Law Center. Many of these leases lie in the Rapidan River watershed. So this is not a problem just for Coles Hill in the Chatham/Martinsville area, where Virginia Uranium Company plans to mine and process uranium. Coles Hill is near both the Roanoke River and the Bannister River. There are another 767 leases in that area. Any excessive or severe weather event has

MARCIA WOOLMAN Outdoors

the potential to overrun the storage systems, and if the mining waste entered a river it will never be able to be removed. It could indeed affect major cities, as there is a pipeline that supplies drinking water from Lake Gaston along the Roanoke River to Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk and Hampton Roads. A failure to contain the waste associated with the mining and milling was studied by Virginia Beach, and that study suggested it would be a problem. To read more about the study go to: http://hamptonroads. com/2011/02/study-uranium-mine-floodwould-foul-beach-water. This is our statewide problem, and it is incumbent upon all of us to be prepared to be very knowledgeable on this issue before and during the time when the General Assembly convenes in early January. The Virginia Uranium Company, which consists mostly of a management team and investors from Canada, seems confident that lifting the ban on uranium mining will pass in the upcoming General Assembly session. According to Robert Marmet at the Piedmont Environmental Council, the tailings ponds will contain concentrated solutions of whatever products are currently beneath the ground. In those tailings ponds

those concentrated radioactive and toxic products will no longer be buried beneath earth and rock. Once they are removed from the earth they will be exposed to the elements, including wind and rain. The uranium industry, according to project manager Patrick Wales, says it can return these mine tailings back into the ground and safely store them there into infinity. That may sound good, but since there is no track record into infinity all we can rely on is what mining has already done to our lands and waterways in the past 100 years. The number of Super Fund sites across this country speaks clearly of the history of mining in the United States. And it has been our money, the taxpayer’s money, that has paid the bill. But Mr. Wales says, “The tailings will be turned over to the Department of Energy to maintain them.” Even though there will be some financial remuneration given by the mining company to offset this cost, who knows the cost of cleaning up after an earthquake, a hurricane, or just 20+ inches of rainfall, all of which Virginia has experienced in the past few years. It looks like the taxpayers may take it on the chin for yet another mining venture. Historically, most uranium mining in

the U.S. has been done in the arid west and Canada where the likelihood of excessive water to carry the mining residues into wells and nearby streams is not prevalent. Even so there has been documentation of well water contamination from uranium mining. But much of Virginia is in an area that gets a major hurricane on average every four years, and is subject to many major rain events. The July earthquake centered near Charlottesville, which is another area of large uranium deposits, according to a map put out for Sustainable Loudoun’s Annual Forum. The quality and mining ability of the statewide sources of uranium are not all known, but if we see how the first finding of gold in California caused the gold rush, who is to say that once the ban is lifted, promises about mining only in one location can be broken just by changing the name of your company? This is clearly not a partisan issue. This is a case for “voter beware.” (Marcia Woolman is a freelance writer who lives near Middleburg. She writes conservation articles for Middleburg Life, and VA Sportsman Magazine. )

Grand Opening of Van Metre’s New Avery Showhouse in Middleburg

IMENTARY ** LL FOR A COMPL NO K OX F IT IS V IFT CARD! G NG TI AS T E IN BARREL OAKS W

Make Middleburg’s Idyllic Horse Country Your Own! THE MARQUIS CUSTOM COLLECTION

Save 50% Off ALL Options for a Limited Time!* *Option savings available from 12/1/11 to 12/31/11. Must use seller’s preferred mortgage lender and title company to receive incentives. Prices, features and availability subject to change without notice. See a Sales Manager for Details. December 2011. **While supplies last.

• 14 Estate Homesites on 2 Quiet Cul-de-Sacs, Ranging from 3 to 8 Acres • Minutes from Shopping and Dining in Historic Downtown Middleburg, and from the Area’s Many Equestrian Venues • A Virginia Piedmont Setting Convenient to Dulles, Reston and Tysons Corner • Spectacular Homes from Van Metre’s Marquis Custom Collection, with 4 to 6 Bedrooms, 3 ½ to 6 ½ Baths and from 3,630 to Over 5,800 Square Feet

• Available First-Floor In-Law or Owner’s Suites • Garages for up to 4 Cars • Work with Our Architects to Customize Your Home with Our Dream Home Portfolio • From the Low $700’s

B U I L D I N G T R U S T F O R G E N E R AT I O N S

For Directions, Phone 703-764-5441 or Visit VanMetreHomesMLM.com

SINCE 1955


21

Middleburg Life December 2011

–

in every Way.

Washington’s premier luxury gated community | custom-built homes and villas from $1.5m aWard-Winning Jack nicklaus signature golf course* | Just 20 minutes from dulles airport

www.creightonfarms.com | 703-957-4800 *Use of existing or planned recreational amenities is not included with the purchase of real estate and requires separate club membership. Juno-Loudoun LLC is the owner and developer of the project. Obtain and carefully review the offering materials before making any decision to purchase a membership. This is not an offer to sell property to, or a solicitation of offers from, residents of NY, NJ, CT, OR or any other state that requires prior registration of real estate. Obtain the property report or its equivalent, required A Southworth Community

by Federal and State law and read it before signing anything. No Federal or State agency has judged the value, if any, of this property.


22

December 2011 Middleburg Life

Enhance Your Fitness By Being Grateful December is a time of reflection for many: a time to look back on the year and take note of goals achieved and goals that are still in the process. It is also a time to look back and think of what you are grateful for. Sometimes we get caught up in the day-to-day craziness and we tend to look at the things we did not accomplish or all the bad things that happened to us during the course of the year. This can lead us into a spiraling trap of negativity. Unfortunately, this is KAY COLGAN not good for our mental or physical health. The Healthy Living mind and body work together, not separately. Keeping a gratitude journal by your bed is one way to highlight those areas of your life that you are truly grateful for. End each day by writing five things you are grateful for in your journal. This will allow your mind and body to relax and be at peace. Sometimes the holiday season is tough for many. They may have experienced tremendous loss and pain. While we don’t mean to, it is so easy to slip into a web of hurt. Each day brings more negative thoughts and the cycle continues, which keeps us stuck in a realm of despair. Life sometimes is not fair. Bad things happen to good people. Bankruptcy, foreclosure and sinking financial portfolios are enough to send anyone over the edge. Recently, I was watching a show documenting

a family that had experienced tremendous loss. The children’s mother had passed away and the father, a carpenter, lost his home due to being out of work. They were homeless, living in a large truck. The children attended school and always seemed to have smiles on their faces. In fact, the interviewer asked them how they could be so happy when they had no home. To my surprise, the children said they were grateful for their father, the library where they did their homework and the gas stations where they washed up and brushed their teeth. They were also grateful for their truck and felt sorry for those that were less fortunate than they. The little girl said she wanted to go to college and be a doctor. Wow, that is really seeing the glass half full. Amazing! Being grateful is good for your soul. It picks you up and makes you truly realize what is important in life. This holiday season, join me by keeping a gratitude journal. Each night write down five things you are grateful for. Expand on that every night and continue throughout next year. I am grateful for many things, one of which is each of you. My wish for you this holiday season is peace and comfort and great joy! Best to all for a Happy New Year!

Renovate

[Kay F. Colgan, BS, is a certified fitness professional. For more information, contact her at K’s Pilates and Personal Training, 14 S. Madison St., Middleburg or call (540) 687-6995.]

Curing Or Healing ? “There is a difference between curing and healing. Curing is a medical process. Healing involves the body, mind, and spirit” —Carolyn Kortge author of “The Spirited Walker.” At this time of year countless people excitedly ring in the holidays while many others struggle with depression, loss, pain or sickness. The cold weather heightens some medical conditions and the lack of daylight also proves difficult for folks coping with mental and physical illness. If you are one of those people KIM or you know someone TAPPER is struggling, take Life Coaching who a moment to reflect on the difference between curing and healing. Curing involves a team of professionals and a host of components such as medicine, equipment, research, etc. Healing begins and ends with you. Healing comes from within you, whether or not you are cured of your physical ailments. Healing is attainable on some level each day. The Christmas carols sing out for peace and love, healing and hope. Usually we interpret that to mean peace and hope to our brothers and sisters, love and healing to our planet. What about also connecting to the healing within? Loving you? Finding or making peace with where you are while simultaneously turning your attention to things that inspire hope?

your Lifestyle

BEFORE

BEFORE

Healing begins the moment you acknowledge you need it. Anger and resentment, mourning and grief, joy and laughter are all forms of healing. They are all emotions that begin to move you out of a place of feeling like a victim. Your personal challenge may have you feeling like you cannot do much this holiday season. To begin healing is to focus on what you can do. As Helen Keller found, “I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” Maybe your something will be decorating the house or just doing your cards this year and no other shopping. Maybe it will be allowing rest and recovery to happen, releasing the pressure to participate in everything. Whatever your something may be, pick consciously. What will bring you healing and fill you up? What will connect you to the things that inspire you and fill you with hope? What do you need most this holiday season? Finding peace this time of year is possible even for those who are struggling. Look for it not in commercial places or in anyone else’s version of it, but within. Where inside of you does peace reside? Then look for things externally that help support this and use them to remind yourself every day of the potential for peace and healing. Happy holidays to all and may you find joy and comfort that bring you peace. [Kim Tapper, ACC, CPCC, 540-253-5843; www.kimtappercoaching.com, www.aplacetobefoundation.org ]

From early planning to the family dinner,

we pride ourselves on being the single point of contact for your home improvement. BOWA transforms houses into homes™ through the design and construction of luxury renovations and additions. As your single point of accountability, we execute and manage the entire design and construction process and client experience. So, when you have a project of any size in mind, call BOWA first.

George Hodges-Fulton, CR Vice President

540-687-6771 Design & Construction Renovations & Additions Purchase PURCHASE Consultations DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION RENOVATIONS & ADDITIONS CONSULTATIONS n

n

n

n

www.bowa.com


23

Middleburg Life December 2011

Patrickswell

Pohick Farm

Longview Lane

Middleburg, Virginia • $7,500,000

Delaplane, Virginia • $6,850,000

Delaplane, Virginia • $4,950,000

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

464 acres with postcard valley views • Recorded in 4 lots • 4 bedroom home • Pool • Pool house • Rental house • 3 creeks • 1 pond • Great for horses, cattle or vineyard Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

Circa 1889 manor home • Completely redesigned and reconstructed • Exposed beams, solid mahogany doors and windows • Antique fireplaces • Reclaimed choice hardwoods and limestone foyer • Incomparable views • 15 manicured acres Ann MacMahon (540) 687-5588

Wood Hill

Mistral

1780 Quaker Barn

Middleburg, Virginia • $3,300,000

Upperville, Virginia • $1,950,000

Philomont, Virginia • $1,495,000

Located in the heart of fox hunting country • 3 miles from Middleburg • 49 acres • Elegant 1940's brick colonial home • Stable • Cottage • Apartment • Pool • Tennis court • Mature trees and sweeping lawn to Goose Creek which surrounds most of the property Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

28 acres • First floor living includes master suite with office • Large formal living room • Mature gardens • Pond • 3 additional bedrooms • Great views • Tree lined driveway Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

Completely restored and updated • 4/5 BR, 3 1/2 BA, 3 FP • Vaulted ceilings expose 40’ hand hewn beams and original barn timbers • Lower level reveals chestnut log beams, fieldstone walls, flagstone floors • Pool, terrace, outdoor FP Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

Beaver Creek

Trinity Farm

Old Yowell Farm

Purcellville, Virginia • $950,000

Philomont Virginia • $895,000

Boyce, Virginia • $575,000

Extensive recent improvements • Panoramic views • 11.5 acres • 4 bedrooms • 2 fireplaces • Hardwood floors • Pool with cabana • Barn and shop • Fencing Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

Rare find in western Loudoun • 20 open acres with panoramic views of Cobbler, Blue Ridge and Bull Run Mountains • Great ride out • Numerous outbuildings incl shed row barn, cattle barn • 2 BR, 1 BA tenant house Alix Coolidge (703) 625-1724

C. 1900 farmhouse on 18 acres • Recent addition includes kitchen with family room, master suite, mud room • Original pine floors • 2 parcels • 2 stall barn with feed/tack room, run-in shed • Storage building Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

Lime Kiln Road

Withers Larue Road

Bishop Meade Road

Leesburg, Virginia • $575,000

Berryville, Virginia • $567,900

Millwood, Virginia • $315,000

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

Custom built log home • 3 BR, 3 BA • Stone fireplace • Exposed log walls • Vaulted ceilings • Great views • Room to expand • 25 acres • Could work for horses Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

2 acres • 3 bedrooms • Large bright living room with fireplace • Kitchen with tiger’s eye maple cabinetry • Basement apartment with separate entrance Alix Coolidge (703) 625-1724

110 East Washington Street • P.O. Box 1380 Middleburg, Virginia 20118 (540) 687-5588

www.sheridanmacmahon.com info@sheridanmacmahon.com


24

December 2011 Middleburg Life

• As we approach Christmas and the end of the year, the plight of soldiers far from home is on their families’ minds—just as it was 150 years ago for both Union and Confederate troops engaged in bitter conflict. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority intends to recreate that long-ago experience of soldiers based in Loudoun in 1861. “Tomorrow is Christmas and we are not goin’ to drill. We are going to keep Christmas and we are goin’ to have a little fun …” Those were the words of a soldier writing home to his mother in December 1861. The NVRPA invites everyone to find out what it might have been like for soldiers on both sides to be in the middle of war and yet yearning for home and holiday celebrations by joining Confederate troop re-enactors for a Civil War Christmas from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Mt. Zion Historic Park on Rt. 50 east of Gilbert’s Corner. Members of the 28th Virginia Regiment will recreate the soldiers’ experience, celebrating with visitors as they help decorate the men’s Christmas tree, join in 1861 festivities and enjoy refreshments that would have been served at that time. The event is free, but donations are requested on behalf of the USO to benefit modern-day American troops on duty and away from home during

the holiday season, according to Site Supervisor Tracy Gillespie. For more information, contact Gillespie at 703-327-9777 or tgillespie@nvrpa.org. For more information, visit www.nvrpa.org. • The Middleburg Baptist invites the community to join in the celebration of Bill and Mary Thigpen’s 19 years of ministry during an Open House from 12:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at the Church Fellowship Hall at 290 E. Federal St. • Governor’s Mansion at Morven Park in Leesburg is planning a number of special activities during the holidays, with a 1920s tea, a “kissing ball” workshop and gift ideas from the visitors’ center are among the offerings throughout the coming weeks. The Governor’s mansion will be the setting on Dec. 11 for the First Lady of Virginia’s Holiday Tea. From 1-3 p.m., tea will be served in the home of Virginia First Lady Marguerite Davis. The program begins with a mansion tour to view the holiday decorations, following by a traditional 1920s-style tea. Afterward, participants will make their own Victorian kissing ball. The tea is $25/person or $20 for members. Advance registration is required at www.mpholidaytea. eventbrite.com. Antiques appraiser Ben Hast-

JSC Construction, Inc. Jerry S. Coxsey General Contractor

In House: Stone Masons Carpentry Custom Homes & Renovations No Job Too Small, or Too Large

540-341-7560 540-229-2285

Fax: 540-341-2829 Class A License & Insured

P.O. Box 1969 Middleburg, VA 20118

Jacqueline B. Mars has been involved actively in the sport of eventing as an owner and breeder and has supported equestrian arts in every way imaginable, locally, nationally and internationally, for more than 30 years. Her horses have partnered with Olympic medalists Karen and David O’Connor, as well as with rising stars Lauren Kiefer and Hannah Sue Burnett, recent Pan American Games gold medalist. Mars will be honored as the 2011 recipient of the PRO As You Like It Owner’s Award, sponsored by Sara Kozumplik in honor of her horse, As You Like It. The tribute takes place on Dec. 9 in Nashville, TN, at the PRO Awards Reception during the US Eventing Association’s annual convention. Ms. Mars was nominated for the award by Karen O’Connor, who pointed out that she has made so many contributions to the sport of eventing that it was difficult to catalog them all. Mars will receive a Waterford Crystal Trophy and $5,000 in prize money that shall be donated in her name to any PRO Tour event of her choice. Photo by Lauren R. Giannini 

ings will take a look at family holiday heirlooms and other treasures during a special event at Morven Park Dec. 17. Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Hastings will guide visitors through the Governor’s mansion, describing the collection and explaining what to look for when purchasing collectibles. Following refreshments, Hastings will offer private appraisals of guests’ heirlooms, beginning at 1 p.m. The tour and appraisal of one object is $20 with additional appraisals available for $10 per item. Pre-registration is required at www.mpantiques.eventbrite.com. Throughout the month of December, the visitors’ center gift shop will be open from noon to 4 p.m., featuring a new holiday card, tree ornaments, and other unique merchandise. • The December Middleburg Women forum will feature a panel discussing the latest trends in beauty and fashion. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast. Speakers will including Lisa Caparo, the owner of Betsey, an independent clothing boutique in Middleburg specializing in contemporary clothing; Annette Y. Harris, the president and founder of Harris ImageWorks, whose clients include organizations such as Verizon Wireless, Capitol Concierge, McGuireWoods, LLP, Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Region 8, Resolvit LLC, National Black MBA Association (Washington DC Chapter), and Delta Career Education Corporation; and Carolyn Severo, a minority owner and the business director of Radiance Salon & Medi-Spa with locations in Ashburn and Lansdowne as well as the business director of Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. The featured caterer is Maison Culinaire and featured winery is Naked Mountain Winery from Markham. The cost is $50. Registration is required and may be completed online at: www.middleburgwomen.com.

• Powhatan School has been named a Green School and placed first in the state for schools of its size in the Green Independent Schools Challenge. Powhatan School in Boyce placed first in the Day School (200-500 student) category in the 2011 VAIS Green Independent Schools Challenge. Winners were announced Nov. 14 during the annual VAIS conference in Richmond. These schools scored highest among all competitors in the challenge by implementing sustainable practices and policies throughout their campus. Schools were rated on 26 different areas of sustainability to qualify to be named a Green School. • Three Middleburg Academy athletes signed commitments to play Division I sports at the collegiate level. Maclain Huge, ‘12, of Lovettsville, signed to play golf for Virginia Tech. Son of Patrick and Shawna Huge, Maclain medaled or co-medaled in all but three matches for Middleburg during his four years of competing in both fall and spring. In 2009 and 2011, Maclain won the individual state championship and was named Player of the Year. Nik Brown ‘12, of Ashburn, signed to play basketball for Longwood University. The son of Sherri Brown, Nik’s career included Liberty District Player of the Year; 1st Team All Northern Region; 1st Team All Extra; All Met Honorable Mention, 1st Team All State; 3rd Team All Met; and CAC All Conference Team. Last season, he was named to the All Tournament Team at the Sleepy Thompson Invitational, the Briar Woods Invitational, and the Tournament of Champions. He also led the state in assists last year and this year, he is nominated to participate in the Elite Showcase on March 24 at the Verizon Center. Mo Alie-Cox ‘12, of Lorton, signed to play basketball for Virginia Commonwealth University. The son of Mohamed and Saudata Alie-Cox, Mo’s high school recognitions include Continued On Page 27


25

Middleburg Life December 2011 M I D D L E B U R G O F FI C E

P U R C E L L V I L L E O F FI C E

6 & 8 Nor t h Ma di s on St r eet Mi ddl eb ur g, V A 2 0 11 7 5 4 0. 68 7 .8 53 0 www. mi d dl eb ur gs a l es . c om

SO

LD

1 0 2 Nor t h 2 1 st St r eet P ur c el l vi l l e, VA 2 0 1 32 Of f i c e 54 0 .3 38 . 13 50 Fa x 5 4 0 .3 38 . 16 20

SO

Aldie  $1,430,000 SO

LD

SO

Leesburg  $1,300,000

LD

LD

Round Hill  $949,999

H APPY H OLIDAYS!

SO

LD

Paeonian Springs  $924,900 SO

LD

Leesburg  $770,000

Purcellville  $850,000 SO

LD

SO

LD

Aldie  $749,900 SO

Purcellville  $724,900

LD

SO

LD

Purcellville  $699,000 SO

LD

Lovettsville  $599,000 SO

Round Hill  $599,000

LD

Purcellville  $489,000

SO

LD

L&F - Middleburg Sales Office 8 North Madison Street before December 16, 2011 SO

LD

Middleburg  $400,000

Leesburg  $599,000 SO

LD

Middleburg  $395,000

SO

LD

Middleburg  $229,000


26

December 2011 Middleburg Life

Virginia Field Hunter Championship Nov. 13, Salem Farm

Photos By Douglas Lees

By Lauren R. Giannini

2011 Field Hunter Champion Karyn Wilson on her Chase representing the Fairfax Hunt.

¶ Nancy Dillon(Piedmont Fox Hounds), left, and Leslie Hazel(Orange County Hunt) were among the judges for the event.

Third place finisher Nina Fout on Mrs. George L. Ohrstrom’s Highwater Mark representing Orange County Hunt.

Kathleen O’Keefe on Dudley

great cheers for the winner. Wilson felt that Chase’s former owner was watching The field of 22 qualified contend- from heavenly hunting grounds, proud ers for the 2011 Virginia Field Hunter about his 17hh, 11-year-old Irish bay Championship gathered Nov. 13 at Salem gelding field hunter. Farm in Upperville. Representing Blue “I found Chase at Nelson Gunnell’s Ridge, Bull Run, Casanova, Farmington, where his owner Jeff Kohlhas kept him. Keswick, Middleburg, Old Dominion, Jeff hunted with Orange County and Orange County, Piedmont, Snickersville Snickersville, and when Jeff passed away and Thornton Hill Fort Valley, they would about a year and a half ago, I bought be judged by a panel of enthusiasts: Rose- Chase,” recalls Wilson. “I do work hard at marie Bogley (Piedmont), Rosie Campbell my riding. I take lessons with Wanja Ger(Bull Run), Nancy Dillon (Piedmont), lach, an event and dressage rider. I hunt Robyn Harter (Snickersville), Leslie Hazel and thoroughly enjoy myself. We had a (Orange County), Michele Rouse (Fair- great time and Fairfax is very excited about fax), Glenn Epstein (Piedmont), and hosting next year’s championship.” Rusty Cline (Fairfax). In addition to Wilson, Hoffman, Fout Chris Ambrose announced the results: and Zebrovious, the top 10 finalists who Devon Zebrovious and Kalliopy (Middle- faced the individual jumping test included burg Hunt) earned Best Turned Out. Nina Dudley/Kathleen O’Keefe (Casanova), Fout (Orange County) garnered third Dream Bean/Holly Muldoon (Orange County); Jackson/ Barbara Batterton Marilyn Jarvis and (Blue Ridge), Mr. Hokie Hi (owned by Fater/Julie Gomena Brian and Marilyn (Piedmont), Hands Jarvis) won the event D o w n / J e n n i f e r in 2010. Nesbit (Keswick) and Robert E. Lee/ Wendy Gunnell (Snickersville). Special thanks are due to Mr. and Mrs. Shelby Bonnie, the hosts of this year’s Virginia Field Hunter Championship. It is believed that the event has taken place every year since 1950. The current trophy, donated in honor of place with Jacqueline Ohrstrom’s Highwa- Billy Greenhalgh, only goes back to 1995. ter Mark. The reserve championship went If you have any information about past to Gowran Blue and ex-MFH Michael years of the Virginia Field Hunter ChamHoffman (Blue Ridge). pionship, especially the champion and With only the big title remaining, the reserve champions and their hunt affiliafinal minutes were emotional for Karyn tions, please email: LaurenG.HorseInk@ Wilson, who sat on her horse Chase gmail.com - With the help of local enthuamong the other finalists. When Ambrose siasts, we hope to fill in the blanks and shouted their names, Wilson smiled and compile a history for future generations of the Fairfax Hunt supporters broke into Virginia foxhunters.


27

Middleburg Life December 2011

Over The Paddock Fence Continued From Page 24

2nd Team All Region; 1st Team All District; Defensive Player of the Year; 1st Team All State; CAC All Conference and Defensive Player of the Tournament at the Sleepy Thompson Invitational. He was named to the All Tournament Team at both the Briar Woods Invitational and Tournament of Champions. For two straight years, he led the state in blocks and has been named to the All Met Honorable Mention Team by the Washington Post. • The Major Minors, Flint Hill School’s awardwinning a cappella group, visited New England in October to hold workshops with some of the top secondary and collegiate a cappella groups in the country. It was the 10th year in a row that this Flint Hill School group has made such an extensive tour and it was a memorable one. Their stop at Berklee College of Music in Boston provided an opportunity to trade songs and arrangements with the highly regarded group, Pitch Slapped, winners of this year’s Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), who also appeared on the 2010 season of NBC’s The Sing Off. Two members are back on the show this season as part of the group Delilah. The Flint Hill students also visited Harvard University, where they were hosted by two awardwinning groups, “The Harvard Callbacks” and the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones, and attended a combined Fall Concert in Sanders Theater at the University’s Memorial Hall. In Providence, RI, they exchanged workshops with two more groups, this time at the high school level: The 18 Wheelers from The Wheeler School and The Versitones from Moses Brown School. The Major Minors will perform in a Winter Concert in Olson Theater on Flint Hill School’s Lower and Middle School campus at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The event is free and open to the public. • Nick Forlano, chef and owner of Forlano’s Market in The Plains, frequently been encouraged to add coffee shop. So when the former owner of the Grey Horse Inn, John Hearty, approached him about a partnership to put in a coffee shop, he jumped into the venture. Forlano’s Café opened up officially in late October and is open Monday through Saturday from 7-11 am. The café serves coffee, cappuccinos, lattes and espressos along with bagels, croissants and donuts. Forlano’s Café will be about giving back as well. “One of the things we are excited about, is donating 5 cents a cup to a local charity. We call this the Giving Cup and each month our customers can vote for who will be the charity for the next month,” Hearty said. In the month of November, the partners decided to start with Wakefield School in honor and memory of McKelvy Costin, the former athletic director of Wakefield. • The Filipina Women’s Network in cooperation with the Philippines Consulate in San Francisco selected longtime resident of Middle-

burg Chateau (Ma. Rosario) Gardecki as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the United States, in the Founders and Pioneers award category. The award honors Filipina women for their inspiring leadership and achievements as head of a venture that they helped start, build or significantly grow. Gardecki is chairwome of the Board of the Washington International Piano Arts Council, which she founded with her husband and a few friends in 2002. WIPAC sponsors and hosts a major annual competition and piano concerts throughout the Washington, DC. area showcasing talented non-professional pianists. Under her leadership, WIPAC’s activities. Born and raised in the Philippines, she is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. She is married since 1982 to John Gardecki, a former physicist at ITT Corporation and a concert pianist. A former owner/manager of Intimate Fox boutique and Perfect Elegance, Ltd, she served as Liaison to the Town Council, as vice president of Middleburg Business and Professional Association and was first Administrator of the Pink Box information Center and appointed twice to the Pink Box Advisory Board.  • The National Sporting Library and Museum is seeking applications for the John H. Daniels Fellowship, which supports scholars doing research in the area of equestrian and field sports. The John H. Daniels Fellowship supports scholars at the National Sporting Library and Museum for periods of two weeks to one year. Applicants must submit a formal application demonstrating how they will utilize the NSLM collections of books, periodicals, manuscripts, archival materials and fine art for research in the area of equestrian and field sports. A special fellowship also will be offered for topics relating to field sports and conservation. Selected Fellows receive housing in Middleburg and a stipend to cover living and travel costs. University faculty and graduate students, museum curators, librarians, writers and journalists are encouraged to apply. Individuals from the disciplines of history, literature, equine studies, journalism, art history, anthropology, area studies as well as sport and environmental history have received Daniels Fellowships. The program began in 2007 in honor of sportsman and book collector John H. Daniels, a longtime supporter of the NSLM. Past topics have included a biography of champion show jumper, Snowman, American stable design, the history of riding dress, conservation and ethics in American fly fishing, and Early Modern horsemanship manuals. Since 2007, the NSLM has hosted 30 Fellows from throughout the United States and from several countries including England, Finland, Canada, Australia and France. Applications must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2012. For more information go http://www. nsl.org/fellowshipbrochure.pdf, contact fellowship@nsl.org or call 540-687-6542. For more information, visit www.nsl.org.

JOIN OUR MIDDLEBURG DIETERS Who have lost over 700 pounds! With a predictable weight loss of 3-7 pounds per week • Medically supervised • Spares Muscle Targets Fat • Protocol with a beginning and an end • FDA approved

Visit our website for times and locations of informational seminars

www.theleeclinic.com

LEESBURG 6 Wirt St Leeburg, VA 20176 Seminars Wednesdays at 6:00 pm Thursdays at 3:00 pm

WINCHESTER 2228 Papermill Road Winchester, VA 22601 Seminars Tuesdays at 6:00 pm Thursdays at 12:00 pm

MIDDLEBURG Consultations only Check Website for Seminar Dates & Times

Centralized Scheduling RSVP by phone or email

540-542-1700

William M. Lee, M.D.

contact@theleeclinic.com

SUMMER RENTAL

LOCATION: Silver Gate, Montana, ½ mile from Yellowstone Nat’l Park NE Gate Best fishing in the Park for Native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. Slough Creek, Lamar River, Soda Butte Ck, Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone (east of Park) DETAILS: Sleeps 5 or a family of 6, Two Lg. bedrooms, 1 ½ baths, laundry, Great Room with fireplace, lg. dining table, Jen Air Kitchen, Deck w grill Completely furnished down to the wine glasses, beds ready, CLEAN

Filled for 2011

Taking Reservations for 2012 NOW

Additional pictures & info available — call 540-253-5545 www.VRBO.com - #201318


28

December 2011 Middleburg Life

Time Flying Like A Loose Horse We’ve been writing at a gallop to make the December issue’s deadline and simply can’t believe there are only weeks until Christmas. Whoa, time remains a loose horse. As for resolutions: try phrasing them in such a way that you do not shatter all your good intentions within 48 hours of the New Year. If you start thinking now about what you desire most to change in 2012, you might arrive at a good way of describing what your personal makeover involves. Dare to dream, but be realistic so that you boost your confidence factor.

as well as a caring and conscientious person when it comes to tending your animals and home while you’re on vacation. We’re providing this recommendation for Sue, because we have done this for a small but loyal group: a good animal-nanny is hard to find, and it takes one to know one. Sue is bonded and insured, too. Call Sue’s mobile: 540-454-4890 or leave a message for her on Facebook—she’s easy to spot, riding her strawberry roan.

News Bits

LAUREN R. GIANNINI

Horsing Around Middleburg farm. More than 50 horse and rider combinations are listed on the 2011 standings page, making it a very competitive series. In the same division, Paige Johnson of Salamander Farm finished in a tie for 18th with NY-based Jennifer Waxman. Organized to promote the sport of show jumping, the series also provides amateur owner and junior riders the opportunity to compete at higher levels while serving as a proving ground for riders who hope to jump internationally. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame, which is located at the Kentucky Horse Park, also pays tribute to the legends of riders and horses and their great contributions to the sport. Fargis and Touch of Class, his partner to earn individual and team gold at the 1984 L.A. Olympics, are both inductees in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame: the mare was honored first, in 2007, which fits right in with Fargis’ philosophy that riders are nothing without the horse. For more information, please visit: www.showjumpinghalloffame.net. Good friend Sue Blackmore might be your best bet for pet, house, barn and farm sitting. She offers daily visits and overnight stays, preferably within easy commute of her home in Hamilton in Loudoun County. Best of all, she’s a terrific horsewoman, skilled with all animals, including hounds and terriers,

Photo By Lauren R Giannini

Kudos to Tracy Weinberg of Lovettsville and Larone, protégées of Joe Fargis, for their third place finish in the Eastern Conference’s Amateur Owner division of the 2011 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic series. Weinberg used to compete in the hunter divisions, but years ago made the gigantic leap to the jumpers (pun intended) and found her mentor in Fargis, based at Mary B. Schwab’s

daughter Sophie finished 15th overall at Capital Challenge—one of only 18 clears out of 65 entries in the Child/Adult Jumper Challenge. Sophie qualified for WIHS where she had a great round until one unlucky tick at the final combination brought down a rail: there were only 11 clears and as the fastest four-faulter she finished 13th out of 29. Sophie enjoyed an amazing season: she did only three of the five shows at HITS Culpeper and still ended up circuit reserve champion. Sophie recently turned 14. Miranda Gali (15) earned the Children’s/ Adult jumper reserve champion at her first ever jumper show last month at the House Mountain Horse Show, riding Fanfare owned by her coach at Foxcroft, Kate Worsham. Miranda also placed second and third in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) show hosted Nov. 15 at Foxcroft. “Miranda even beat MacKenzie Canard on the flat,” Kris said. “I missed it because I went out hunting for the first time with Snickersville, first field, and had the best time of my life.” Except for watching her girls compete, of course…we totally understand, Kris, really! When Cavalia boarded 71 horses at a local facility en route to their premiere in Atlanta, Dr. Jay Joyce and Total Equine Veterinary Associates took care of them. Dr. Jay had to figure out how to perform 71 dental floats in two weeks and also take care of regular TEVA patients. Ah, but the challenge was met bravely while mingling with the four-legged

stars. Dr. Jay said: “I had a great time working with the staff of Cavalia (Odysseo) and their incredible horses. The Cavalia Team is extraordinary. Everything they do is impressive—times 71. Their grooms, their trainers, their vet techs, their leaders—they all are 100 percent horsemen with 100 percent dedication to the health and welfare of their horses.”

What’s Happening

OK, all young artists, 12 and under, there’s still plenty of time for you to participate in the first annual Durvet Holiday Coloring Contest. Ask your parents to visit the Durvet website with you (they need to read the rules and how to submit entries), then download the Holiday Coloring Page. Grand Prize is a Durvet Gift Basket with lots of goodies for horse/pony and rider. Two finalists will receive an Aloe Advantage Grooming Pack. Please note: all entries must be received by Jan. 9, 2012, to be eligible for judging, and all entries will be posted on Facebook, but with only the young artists’ first names, age and state. The winner and finalists will be announced Jan. 16. For information, contest rules and the official contest coloring page: www.durvet. com/holiday-coloring-contest.html. If you’re planning to snowbird to Florida for the winter, make plans to be in Wellington Jan. 27 (see, plenty of head’s up so you can make plans now) to attend the USET Foundation’s Olympic Games Benefit. “An English

Old Whitewood Farm Nov. 20, Kathleen O’Keefe (Casanova) and Dudley added the Orange County Team Chase Genuine Hunter championship to their win at the Theodora Randolph Field Hunter Championship of North America in early October. Riding with Jeanne Clark and Cary Porferes, the Casanova BeeGees earned Best Turned Out Team.

Our own Snowden Clarke heeded the advice to “go west, young man” several years ago and relocated to L.A. He has enjoyed a great year on the California horse show scene with Over The Moon, owned by Victoria Komisar. They topped off their achievements with the championship in 3’3” Performance Hunters and tied for reserve honors in 3’6” Performance Hunters. Victoria and her mother-in-law Shelby Sloan picked out the horse and gave him to Snowden to make up. “We’ve had him about two-and-half years now. He just loves his job and loves showing,” Snowden said. He has been viewed “going away” in various hunt fields over several trips east during the season when he shepherds new enthusiasts, horse crazy kids of all ages, from California. Obviously, Snowden’s heart is still in Virginia. Super show-mom Kris Gali reported

Reigning World Champion Moorlands Totilas and Edward Gal (NED), strutting their stuff at the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games. Totilas, who changed ownership and allegiances after WEG, will wow the spectators at the World Dressage Masters CDI***** in Palm Beach, FL, Jan. 26-29, with his new rider, Mathias Rath (GER). The international all-star show promises to be a grand prix knockout, in case you’re looking for a fun getaway in the sunshine state. Photo By Lauren R Giannini


29

Middleburg Life December 2011 featuring

carved from

2 mILLIoN

pouNds of Ice!

The 9th Junior North American Field Hunter Championship Nov. 13 drew the biggest field of qualified contenders in its history. The Hilltopper champions, Lauren Gibson, Blue Ridge Hunt, and Landmark Cracker Jack pose with the founders, Iona Pillion (Blue Ridge) and Douglas Wise, MFH Old Dominion. Last year, Gibson earned the Hilltopper reserve title with Farnley Lucina. Photo By Lauren R Giannini Country Evening” features honorary chairs style evening is a huge crowd-pleaser—literally NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer and his dancing on horseback to music ranging from wife Annette, an avid equestrian, who pledged classical to Motown to pop to rock to show to help raise funds for the USET Founda- tunes and big band music. For tickets and tion to support the United States Equestrian information, please contact internationalpoloTeam riders as they prepare to compete at the club.com or call (561) 282-2334. 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. The USET Foundation will award its most ‘Tis the season for giving and if you’re coveted awards, the prestigious Lionel Guer- tired of being “malled” and don’t enjoy fightrand-Hermes Trophy and the Whitney Stone ing the crowds, why not make a donation to Cup. The evening will also recognize Gold the Middleburg Humane Foundation? If you Medal Club members who have supported the visit the website, they have a wish list of vitally USET Foundation for 10 to 30 years. Guests needed supplies—click into “How You Can will enjoy cocktails, dinner and a live auction Help.” Also, let your fingers do the walking that will include a few very special items. For and gift friends with MHF’s Wet Nose Wines: information, contact Nancy Little, USET www.benefitwines.com/middleburg. Foundation, (908) 234-1251 or nlittle@uset. By the time you read this, MHF and a org. loyal corps of volunteers will have participated Another good reason for a get-away is in the Middleburg Christmas Parade with a the action at the World Dressage Masters bunch of adoptable pets. But there’s still time CDI***** at Palm Beach, Jan. 26-29. This to get involved—pictures with Santa and an show rates five stars, meaning it’s a biggie, and adoption event at the Petsmart will be held in will showcase international Dressage Super- Gainesville Dec 10, and two food and supply stars, such as Totilas, Ravel, Pop Art, Salinero, drives are scheduled for Dec. 16 at Middleburg Calecto V, Favorit and Valegro. Just to get Safeway and Dec. 17 at the Marshall IGA. For a chance to see current World Champion more information: www.middleburghumane. Totilas should be enough incentive to book org. your tickets. You can look forward to incred__________ ible performances by Ravel and Steffen Peters, Special thanks to those who shared their the USA’s individual bronze medalists at the news—it was great hearing from you. Please 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games, along send your news bits to: laureng.horseink@ with all the other outstanding horses and gmail.com. Wishing you lots of holiday fun riders, among the best in the world. The Free- and horsing around—HO HO HO!

PRESENTED BY

ICE! Is ReturNINg to GayLord NatIoNaL Resort NOW MORE FUN thaN EvER! Now - January 8, 2012 The colorful, larger-than-life Christmastime tradition is back! Come explore this magical winter wonderland, see your favorite DreamWorks characters in ICE!, slide down the ice slides and enjoy the holiday spirit at Gaylord National’s Christmas on the Potomac.

For package and ticket information

301-965-4122 | DreamworksExperienceatGaylordNational.com Refer to promo code GN0835

Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and all related characters and properties © 2011 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C. Merry Madagascar © 2011 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C. • © 2011 The Coca-Cola Company. “Coca-Cola” is a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company. All rights reserved.

GN-0835-11 Am Community News - ICE Ad [5x11.25].indd 1

11/17/11 10:12 AM


30

December 2011 Middleburg Life

COMMUNITYCLASSIFIEDS HOME IMPROVEMENT

L&B ENTERPRISES 703-786-0442

EXCAVATING

CUSTOM CABINETRY BUILT-INS Home Offices Entertainment Centers Home Theaters Libraries

Bookshelves Bars Window/Bench Seats Other Storage Solutions

Free In-Home Design/Consultation/Estimates Major Credit Cards Accepted CLEANING SERVICES

Let Me CLean Your House A completely cleaned house is just a phone call away. Reasonable rates, excl work. Ref’s avail. Call for a free estimate. Call 703-732-4787.

LANDSCAPING

REAL ESTATE RENTAL

Superintendent

Middleburg In Town Apartment Rental

Experienced in all phases of construction needed. Must have good writing, computer and communication skills. Position is in Middleburg! Salary negotiable. Benefits available! Submit resume/application/references/salary requirement to: vista@vistacontracting.com

Available January. 2BR, 1BA, hardwood floors, electric, heat pump, cable, balcony, W/D. $875.00/month plus utilities. Please contact Cathy Bernache, Thomas & Talbot Real Estate 540-424-7066 or 540-687-7709

GARDEN PRODUCTS

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE

Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay area. Great waterfront properties priced to sell. Use property search icon at: www.lafletcherrealestate.com.

Contact Mike at Cell # 703-727-8132 or Email manager@wagenburgfarm.net

The Community Music School of the Piedmont 3&(*45&3/08

1SJWBUF*OTUSVDUJPO$MBTTFTBWBJMBCMFGPSBMMBHFT Convenient locations in Upperville, Aldie, Middleburg, Purcellville & The Plains

540-592-3040 piedmontmusic@aol.com • www.piedmontmusic.org

703.771.8831

EMPLOYMENT

FALL SHADE AND AND Fall SHADE EVERGREEN TREE SALE EDUCATION

TO PLACE YOUR AD CALL US TODAY!

804.333.5263.

NO ROOM LEFT, BUT THERE’S ALWAYS NEXT MONTH!

CALL US TODAY TO PLACE YOUR AD!

703.771.8831

get LOCAL

CMSP is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, serving Northern Virginia since 1994.

www.middleburglife.net


31

Middleburg Life December 2011 In the Capital Region

In the Virginia Countryside

WASHINGTON F I N E P RO P E RT I E S , L L C

INTERNATIONAL OFFERING

INTERNATIONAL OFFERING

EXNING, MIDDLEBURG, VA

BRONZE HILL FARM, MIDDLEBURG, VA

COPPERSTONE, MIDDLEBURG, VA

This beautiful Middleburg Estate boasts an impeccably renovated 5BR, 5.5BA stucco home evoking elegance and ambience. Antique wood floors, crown molded ceilings, crystal chandeliers, & gourmet kitchen. French doors to pool, pergola with kitchen, fireplace, tennis court & English gardens. Offered furnished. $2,400,000. Cindy Polk 703-966-9480 Gloria Rose Ott 540-454-4394

NEW PRICE! Bronze Hill is a classic early stone farm house dating from the early 1800’s located on the Virginia Scenic byway, Snickersville Turnpike, N.E. of the village of Middleburg. Restored main residence with 3 finished levels, small guest cottage, 2BR house, pool, pond, barns, stable, fields & woods on 48ac (in 2 parcels). Surrounded by farms in scenic easement. Middleburg Hunt! $2,250,000. Rick Lowe 703-509-3962

NEW PRICE! Beautiful country property with impeccably renovated and completely updated stone and stucco estate home boasting a gourmet kitchen, random width hardwood floors and massive stone fireplaces complete with a new pool, heated carriage house with 3 bay garage and generator. 11 acres in 2 parcels. Piedmont Hunt. $1,750,000. Cindy Polk 703-966-9480

CHESTNUT OAKS, UPPERVILLE, VA

THE RIDGES, HUME, VA

WILD WIND, MIDDLEBURG, VA

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

Located in the beautiful rolling countryside of Hume, VA is this lovely, classic, well-built, colonial house. Ten acres, 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half baths. Gourmet kitchen, large deck, wood floors throughout, generator. Everything in A+ condition. Barn with 6 stalls, good fencing. Gorgeous views in all directions. $920,000. Ruth Ripley 540-687-2222

Located just west of town in Middleburg Downs, this lovely French Colonial is sited on over 3 beautifully landscaped acres providing excellent privacy and views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Well maintained 4 bedroom house has a new kitchen, laundry and powder room. Hardwood floors throughout. $699,500. Carole Miller 540-687-2233

37628 BERRYMAN LANE, MIDDLEBURG, VA

BLUE RIDGE DOWNS, BOYCE, VA

HUNT COURT, MIDDLEBURG, VA

Perfect Middleburg location - 4BR, 3FBA home on 3.5 acres. Protected by surrounding large farms on all sides, 2 stall barn, both horse and invisible dog fencing around entire property. Partially remodeled with fabulous views. 3000+ SF. 3 miles to Middleburg and just that much closer to DC without comprising quality of life. $639,000. Jim Thompson 540-687-3216

Beautiful pastoral setting on 7.99 acres, private yet easily accessible. 4BR, 3.5BA Cape Cod. Located South of Rt. 50 in Clarke County's Hunt Country. Land suitable for horses. First floor MBR, heated enclosed glass porch and newly renovated kitchen (2011) with upgraded maple cabinets & SS appliances. Priced below recent appraisal! $499,900. Carol Fochtman 540-272-4334 Rick Lowe 703-509-3962

Lovely condo 13 Hunt Court. Four finished levels, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 fireplaces. Freshly painted, in pristine condition, hardwood floors on 3 levels, carpet on lower level. Low voltage lighting, TV, cable & internet ready. Walkout lower level suitable for nanny or use as separate unit. $476,700. Jud & Page Glascock 540-592-3238

WEST PROPERTY, UPPERVILLE, VA

THE PHILOMONT FARMHOUSE, PHILOMONT, VA

702 STONEWALL AVENUE, MIDDLEBURG, VA

Located in a quaint charming village, this lovely historic house (c. 1833) is in a superb setting with a large back lawn and garden with pretty plantings. The house offers 2 kitchens, solarium/ sunroom with brick floor. There is a separate second house. Needs TLC, priced below assessed value. To be sold "AS IS." $455,000. Ruth Ripley 540-687-2222

Charming & whimsical, this wonderful 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home has hardwood floors, a fireplace, sun room and a unique slate floored dining room. Large yard has detached studio with full bath and a potting shed. $445,000. Cindy Polk 703-966-9480

3/4 bedroom split level home with large fenced back yard. Hardwood floors on main level. Large walkout basement with room for a 4th bedroom. Workshop space, recreation room and separate laundry. Deck off of dinining room overlooking fields. A wonderful in-town property within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops, library and much more! Priced below recent appraisal. $299,000. Anita Sisney 540-687-2214

MIDDLEBURG WASHINGTON,VA AMRFP.com

540.687.6395 540.675.1488

WASHINGTON, DC GEORGETOWN/DUPONT/LOGAN BETHESDA/CHEVY CHASE POTOMAC NORTHERN VIRGINIA WFP.com

202.944.5000 202.333.3320 301.222.0050 301.983.6400 703.317.7000


MLife.Dec2011_John Coles.qxd 32

11/28/11 10:44 AM Page 1

December 2011 Middleburg Life

ProPerties in Hunt Country UPPERVILLE HORSE fARM

fOALSfIELD

Fabulous Horse Property on 99+ acres in Piedmont Hunt sCustom built 7 Bedroom Stone Manor HousesHeated Pool with outdoor Kitchen s 9 Stall Center-Aisle Barn with 3 Bedroom Apartment s6 Stall Barn sUtility BarnsStonewallssFenced Paddocks sCreeksPond sRiding Ring sAdditional House site sAmazing ViewssProtectedArea $3,500,000

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

Rein duPont (540) 454-3355

TRANqUILITy fARM

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. $1,750,000

Cricket Bedford (540) 229-3201

Bee Lefferts (540) 454-5555

chimneys

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

LI ST W E

CO

M M E

Merry Christmas

N

RC I

IN

AL

G

MIDDLEBURG PHARMACy

An English country estate, "Chimneys" exudes charm. Main house, circa 1790 with later additions, is stucco over log and frame, has heart of pine floors, beamed ceilings, 5 Fpl, 6 Bd, 5 FBs, 2 HBs, boxwood and perennial gardens. Stone guest cottage, circa 1770, is 3 floors with 1Bd, 1FB. Poolhouse has flagstone floors, pickled walls, 2 Fpl, 1Bd-1FB. 2-car garage, barns, sheds, 12.5 acres. $1,595,000

Rebecca Poston (540)771-7520

Sheryl Heckler (540) 272-4300

MORNING CALM

LANDMARK SCHOOL ROAD IC

N

N

E

E

W

W

PR

PR

IC

R E $4DU 00 CE K D

E

E

COLTSfOOT

Extraordinary 22 acre estate in Upperville on beautifully landscaped grounds with spectacular mountain views sImpressive pillars and a tree lined drive mark the entrance to this gracious 3 level all brick colonial with high ceilings, hardwood floors, new chef's kitchen and spacious rooms sIdeal for the equestrian enthusiast s Pool, terrace and decks are ideal for entertaining.sGuest $1,250,000 suite on walk-out level.

Catherine Gutch (540) 270-1311

Stunning contemporary. country house on 22.99 acres tucked 10 mins. west of Warrenton. 2004 Renovation & Upgrades of all HVAC, appliances, roof & external factory painted siding. Attic converted to 3rd floor Master Bedroom & sitting room with private balconies. 2011 renovation of three baths from floor to ceiling & whole interior painted. Board fenced pastures w/barn, run-in shed, dressage arena, pond & creek. $699,000

Susie Ashcom (540) 729-1478

Charming brick home filled with character and ideally situated at the edge of the village of Middleburg backing up to Hill School walking trail with views of the surrounding countryside. 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths. Features include newer addition with Main floor Master Bedroom and Family Room with Fpl., Galley Kitchen, Separate Dining Room, Living Room with fpl, office, wood floors, new furnace and workshop. Well maintained inside and out. Also available for rent @ $1850/mo $475,000

Cathy Bernache (540)424-7066

Offers subject to errors, omissions, change of price or withdrawal without notice. Information contained herein is deemed reliable, but is not so warranted nor is it otherwise guaranteed.

Please see over 100 of our fine estates and exclusive country properties by visiting www.THOMAS-TALBOT.com Susie Ashcom Cricket Bedford Catherine Bernache John Coles Rein duPont Cary Embury Catherine Gutch Barrington Hall Sheryl Heckler

Our listings receive over 35,000 visits worldwide per month.

THOMAS AND TALBOT REAL ESTATE A STAUNCH ADVOCATE Of LAND EASEMENTS LAND AND ESTATE AGENTS SINCE 1967 Middleburg, Virginia 20118 (540) 687-6500

* Washington, Virginia 22747 (540) 675-3999

Phillip S. Thomas, Sr.

Bee Lefferts Brian McGowan Jim McGowan Mary Ann McGowan Andrew Motion Rebecca Poston Emily Ristau Alex Sharp* Ashleigh Cannon Sharp*


Middleburg Life December 2011