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LI F E Jim Herbert on

CHRISTMAS IN MIDDLEBURG + Middleburg’s Inaugural Music Fest International & Margaret Gardner’s Rocking Horse Rescue 

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FIND US ON Instagram @middleburglife Twitter @middleburglife Facebook.com/middleburglife ON THE COVER Oil on canvas painting “Walking Out in Winter” by Jean Bowman. Image courtesy of the National Sporting Library & Museum. ON THIS PAGE Photo by Focal Point Creative


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MARGARET GARDNER’S

ROCKING HORSE RESCUE By Dulcy B. Hooper | Photos by Richard Hooper

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was totally deprived in my childhood,” recalled

Margaret Gardner, a longtime Middleburg resident whose early years were spent in the United Kingdom. She spoke only slightly tongue in cheek. “All the rocking horses in England had disappeared after the war, for obvious reasons.” The First World War (1914-1918) led to a decline in the manufacture of rocking horses due to the shortage of materials and the fact that the skilled craftsmen required to

make them were more often engaged in war efforts. The Second World War (1939-1945) precipitated yet another decline. Rocking horses have a long history. An early predecessor was carved horses on wheels, which children used to practice jousting skills while watching competitions involving live horses. More traditional rocking horses became popular throughout Europe in the 1800s, but the golden age of rocking horses occurred during the Victorian era. A dappled gray rocking horse was a favorite of Queen Victoria, whose love of rocking horses contributed to the increased popularity of such toys. According to “The History of the Rocking Horse” by Bailey Rosenberg, “the popularity of this children’s toy increased when manufacturers began to primarily place the

horse on two curved boards that enabled the children to rock back and forth, which led to the widely used name of ‘rocking horse.’” “I didn’t get a rocking horse,” Gardner recalled, “and, worse yet, I didn’t even get a pony.” Instead, the 6-year-old Gardner (then, Margaret Iliffe) did the next best thing. “I bought all the bits and pieces of horse tack I could afford on my pocket money,” she said. “Bridles were too expensive, but I was able to acquire an Irish martingale, stirrup leather and, the next month, a pair of stirrups.” She displayed her ever-evolving finds on the walls of her nursery, continuing to hope for a pony or rocking horse of her own. After leaving the U.K., Gardner set about making up for her childhood “deprivations” Rescue | Page 6

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Rescue | From page 6 — owning and boarding dozens of horses in Middleburg, as well as the Texas cities of Austin and San Antonio. She served as joint master of the Middleburg Hunt for more than 10 years, showed well-known horses in sidesaddle, competed locally and nationally, and showed jumpers up and down the East Coast. “I made field hunters,” she said, “and I straightened out other people’s horses for them.” Somewhere along the way, Gardner’s childhood affinity for rocking horses was resurrected. “Dennis Osborne was working for the Warburgs at the time,” Gardner recalled. “He had created an English-style rocking horse, perhaps from a kit. It caught my eye and I bought it from him. That’s the one that really got me going.” That rocking horse has been followed by 12 or 13 more. They were mostly American-made from the late 1800s and early 1900s, one English rocking horse and one or two German pull-toy horses. Gardner prefers “the poor, motley things, because they give me the urge to restore them. In fact, the worse off they are, the more likely I am to buy them.” In addition to restoring manes, tails, saddles and other accouterments, Gardner often has the rockers themselves re-

paired or replaced. Some of Gardner’s horses feature safety-stand gliders, while others have bow rockers. The restoration of one rocking horse, in particular, required many months of effort. “I put the most into this one,” Gardner said, indicating a horse that had taken over a place of prominence on a kitchen counter while it was being restored. “The fur was all moth-eaten and mostly gone; it did not have a mane or a tale.” Gardner spent many hours positioning the hide, ensuring that it would lie in the correct direction, finding the right mane and tail. For one of her “rescues,” Gardner had a saddle made by The Tack Box Inc. “That horse deserved it,” she said. For another one, although it had lost most of its hide, Gardner preferred to leave it as it was. “This one with the blue ribbon is so pretty,” she said, “that I didn’t want to even touch

it.” Another “rescue” has sleigh bells and a harness and reins, allowing a child to stand behind and urge the horse forward as it is being pulled from the front. It is a labor of love and Gardner shows no sign of scaling back her rescue effort. All these years later, Gardner continues to “straighten out other people’s horses.” ML Photo on previous page: Margaret Gardner’s entire collection. Above: Some of the rocking horses are too pretty to touch.

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1. A wooden spoon, every cook’s must-have, from Crème de la Crème. 2. Handsome and ready for anything at Highcliffe Clothiers. 3. Any dog’s holiday delight to naw on from Wylie Wagg. 4. And a partridge in a pine tree from The Fun Shop. 5. At Middleburg Tack Exchange Ltd. 6. Duffle from Lou Lou Boutiques. 7. Be jeweled in this party dress from Tully Rector. 8. Antique carousel horse head from the Middleburg Antique Emporium.

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Story and photos by Shonna Call

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he last bits of candy corn and pumpkins have disappeared and the first hints of winter weather are upon us. It is the season of candy canes, all-consuming shop-till-you-drop, wrapping gifts, holiday parties and endless entertaining. Shopping for ideas or actual gifts can be daunting. Contemplating the insanity of the mall? Forget about it. Online shopping seems fast and easy. Sure, you can get it done in your pajamas from the comfort of your home, but it is a soulless approach to the season that lacks the personal touch and feel of the real shopping experience. There is no more beautiful, friendly, nostalgic place to spend the day holiday shopping than Middleburg. Everything you are looking for, every item on your list is right downtown. Start early for your day of holiday hunting and fuel up with Middleburg Common Grounds. Then, starting from the west side of town, you are headed eastbound. And so it begins. Start checking off the items on your list at Highcliffe Clothiers. Start with the feathered hat. Then, make the tough decision by choosing from a rainbow of bow ties, a fur collar, a silver horse head belt, a gorgeous buttercream waistcoat and a royal blue sport jacket.

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Another local favorite is the Middleburg Antique Emporium with their collections of beautiful things, an eclectic mix. … Perhaps the gilded eagles will catch your eye or something equine in nature. Next stop is Wylie Wagg for your fourlegged friend. Lots of wet weather coats, sweaters and toys to chew up while whiling away the hours … and then there are the treats for our cold-nosed family members. Be careful, don’t be fooled! While they look good enough to eat, these holiday cookie treats are for our four-legged friends. For the girl on your list, it is a trip to Lou Lou Boutiques. Perhaps you need a dream duffle tote bag or one of many scarves and wraps. There is one for every outfit and more than you can imagine in one place. Next door, Tully Rector’s boutique is a must-stop shop for their very cool, stylish, hip collections. Are you drawn to the classic beaded cocktail dress or the fur collared coat? How about a comfy, fringed sweater wrap? The other half of the shop is a treat for the senses where you might discover the coolest stainless steel thermos stocking stuffer. It will hold an entire bottle of wine perfectly! Now, let’s move on to the entertainer’s paradise at Crème de la Crème. We all know one of those cooks who never follows the recipe, but always prepares something incredible. There are just so many beautiful things

for the home. Check out their nook full of books, stationary and party accouterments and party on. I’ve made my list and checked it twice. Time to head back west for the rest of the holiday items. On my way, I’ll stop at The Upper Crust, the biggest little bakery in town. It’s one of those places you just can’t walk past. Generations have grown up on their cookies. The aroma of sweet and spicy, homemade breads, pies and their famous cow puddle cookies is impossible to resist. Next is the Middleburg Tack Exchange Ltd., a happy place for many locals with its smell of fine English leather saddles, bridles and boots. How about a gift of a saddle flask for anyone in the hunt field? The vintage flasks are unique and always a favorite. Consider a gentleman’s crystal flask with sterling top or a vintage sidesaddle sandwich and flask case. And what huntsman has too many horns? Finally, on to the last and oldest department store in Middleburg. The Fun Shop is the stop for the final gift on your list. Make a pilgrimage to the ornament wall. It is time to pick out that special tree ornament that will represent this year. End the day with a partridge for your tree. Yes, don’t forget to buy something for yourself. ML

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By Claudia Pfeiffer, George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator of Art, National Sporting Library & Museum”

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he oil on canvas painting “Walking Out in Winter,” on extended loan to the National Sporting Library & Museum from a private collection, was painted by sporting artist Jean Bowman (American, 1917-1994) in 1969. The composition depicts one of the racetracks (possibly Charles Town) that began offering winter horse racing in the 1960s. By this time, Bowman was already an internationally recognized equestrian portraitist, having begun her career as an artist and illustrator in the early 1940s. She counted among her many discerning patrons equestrians such as Queen Elizabeth II, George L. Ohrstrom Jr., Paul Mellon and John Hay Whitney. First based out of Maryland, Bowman then moved to White Post and later to Unison. She was revered in the region for her abilities as a realist painter of horses

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and people and was a founding member of the American Academy of Equine Art, established in Middleburg in 1980 and today headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. In attaining success as a female artist in a male-dominated field, Bowman inspired a generation of painters in the genre. She was prolific, and her paintings were featured on the cover of “The Chronicle of the Horse” more than 60 times by 1994, when she died tragically in an airplane accident. Several of her works are currently on view at the National Sporting Library & Museum in “The Chronicle of the Horse in Art” exhibition through March 26, 2017, highlighting the important role she played in sporting art and the changing aesthetic of the “Chronicle of the Horse” covers over the course of her career. ML


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Inaugural event for the

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“This new initiative’s goal is to offer a musical event that will become a globally recognized cultural institution by inviting the participation of the most internationally acclaimed masters of the keyboard and also those considered unquestionably rising starts in the world of the piano.” 2

— Miguel Diaz, founder and chairman of the Middleburg Music Fest International Middleburg Music Fest International’s inaugural event consisted of a piano recital featuring Russian pianists Nikita Fitenko and Katerina Zaitseva. The pianists performed compositions by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Rosenblatt, Nikolai Medtner, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Frédéric Chopin. The program was executed on a

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Bosendorfer concert grand piano donated for the event by Chris Syllaba, CEO of Jordan Kitt’s Music. The piano recital took place Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. in the Bluemont Ballroom at Salamander Resort & Spa. The patrons of the event included Salamander Resort, Jordan Kitt’s Music, Greenhill

1. Chris Syllaba and Nikita Fitenko. 2. Jacob and Jacqui Porter. 3. Eva Morales, Holly and John Brown, and Luva Vomalova. 4. Katerina Zaitseva plays. 5. Michelle and Steve Stapleton.


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highlight the role of the piano as a solo performance instrument or as part of any assembled group of musical instruments. In the future, the festival will also have an educational component. Find them on Facebook at facebook.com/middleburgmusicfest.

1. People looking at the Franz Liszt piano. 2. The Stewart family. 3. Virginia Hall and Jason Hanglick. 4. Rachel Day and William Rankin. 5. Nikita Fitenko, Miguel Diaz and Katerina Zaitseva take a bow.



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MIDDLEBURG CONCERT SERIES

HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

Traditional Holiday and Classical Selections Featuring Renowned Vocalists Michael Forest & Aime Sposato Dr. Dudley Oakes (Pianist & Organist) Dr. Steven Cooksey (Organist) with Resident Musicians Dr. Alan Saucedo, Cynthia Saucedo & Karen Chase

Sunday, December 18 4 PM

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Post Concert Reception by Savoir Fare Catering

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Alexandra Patton joins Middleburg Real Estate’s Leesburg office

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iddleburg Real Estate/Atoka Properties has announced that Loudoun County native Alex-

andra Patton will be joining their Leesburg office, serving homebuyers and sellers in

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Northern Virginia. Patton’s education and professional ex-

follow her passion for sales, working for Toll

perience have allowed her to travel exten-

Brothers and gaining experience in residen-

sively in the past 10 years. After completing

tial home sales in Northern Virginia. She was

her master’s in Italy, she pursued a career in

drawn to the real estate profession in part be-

journalism, working as a news reporter for an

cause her mom has been in the field for more

NBC affiliate in Colorado. Later, her passion

than 30 years.

for writing, public relations and sales lead her

She and her mother, June Hambrick, are

to an account executive position with a bou-

currently working as a team. Alexandra looks

tique marketing firm.

forward to continuing to help people make

In the past two years, she continued to

one of the biggest decisions of their lives. ML

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Anne Michael Greene, Meg Mullery join Washington Fine Properties

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can’t leave without something in your hand.

Just ask Loudoun resident Denise Collins. A few months back, Collins was perusing the Leesburg shop for a bed. One in particular caught her eye. She purchased it for a steal of a price — around $30, she recalled — and a worker at the store helped her put it together before leaving the shop. It wasn’t until Collins got home that she saw the bed was an Ethan Allen original. “That bed was my best find,” she said. “When I got home and saw that, I couldn’t believe it.

Collins said her husband recently asked her — lovingly, of course — if “maybe one time you could go there and not bring something home.” Like all Salvation Armies, Loudoun County’s store is piled with goods — clothes, furniture, art, electronics. But what makes the local shop unique is the quality of the items. And the affluent Middleburg community plays a key role in the accumulation of these premium products, said Liz Stefanik, development director for the local Salvation Army. “I’m always amazed when I listen to the conversations at the cashier,” Stefanik told Middleburg Life during a recent tour of the Leesburg warehouse. “Recently, I heard one woman say to another, ‘You’re really lucky you spotted that — look at the signature.’ I’m thinking, ‘Oh man, what did I miss?’” “I’m not allowed to shop during day,” Stefanik added. “I don’t even like to come in here during the day because I might see something

I like and I know it’s going to be gone by the time I can get it.” While many people think of The Salvation Army as a place for strict necessities, the Loudoun County shop features intricately designed furniture, eye-catching art, and elegant glassware and tableware. These aren’t exactly things someone needs to survive, but the pieces can and do provide comfort and pride for people and their living environments. The home furnishings and art are so engaging that local real estate agents have taken to purchasing products to stage their listings, Stefanik said. “And we have a lot of antique dealers come in,” she said. “I mean, this is where I would come first to look for pictures or things to hang on the wall — instead of paying $500. We have a lot of original art.” A recent browse of the Leesburg shop uncovered Coach and Calvin Klein purses, Offering | Page 20

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at OATLANDS The following events will take place at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in December: The Four Seasons of Oatlands Art Show & Sale featuring small works of art will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 30. The art show will be held in the Carriage House from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. This event is free and open to the public. The annual Christmas at Oatlands tours will be held Dec. 1-30. Each room of the 1804 Oatlands mansion is sparkling with unique decorations. This year’s theme is “Books at Oatlands: Pages from the Past.”

The holiday décor is inspired by a variety of books at Oatlands that include: Oatlands’ collection of Colonial-era books, written works published by Edith Eustis and Morton Eustis, traditional holiday books and the writing life. Thirty-minute tours are held on the hour and half-hour, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. The last tour of each day begins at 4 p.m. Tours are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children 6-16. Children 5 years old and younger are free. On Dec. 4, experience the restorative power of “Contemplative Yoga in Nature.” Classes are held the first Sunday of every month at 9:30 a.m. This accessible yoga

practice will be held in the beautiful circa 1810 greenhouse at Oatlands in the winter months. In warm weather, the class is held in the breathtaking garden. Bring a yoga mat, water, walking shoes and any props that are helpful to you. Registration is required, and a $25 fee applies. To register for the class, please email Denise Moore at dtsumuki@aol.com and Yvonne Parrotte at yparrotte@aol.com. Oatlands Head Gardener Mark Schroeter will hold a wreath-making workshop Dec. 7 and Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. in the Emmet House. This informative session will help you create a beautiful wreath just in time for the holidays. This event is $35 per person and includes wreath-making supplies.

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Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Call Mark Schroeter at 703-777-3174 to register or for additional information. Oatlands will host candlelight tours on Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 6-8 p.m. Guests will have a chance to enjoy a special evening self-guided tour through the mansion, sparkling with Christmas lights. Final admission is at 8 p.m. Candlelight tours are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children 6-16. Admission is free for Friends of Oatlands and children under age 6.

Afternoon tea at Oatlands cont inues t hroug hout t he holiday season. Holiday teas will be served Dec. 1-Dec. 30 on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (except Dec. 24 and 25). Tea will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the historic Carriage House. Attire for tea is casual. Tea includes assorted sandwiches, scones and delicious sweets and Oatlands’ special afternoon tea

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens 20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln. Leesburg, VA 20175 Directions: From Washington, D.C., take the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267) west to exit 1A in Leesburg and follow signs for Route 15 south. Travel 6 miles south on Route 15 to Oatlands on the left.

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gift shop. Teas require advance

Oatlands is a self-supporting National Trust Historic Site and National Historic Landmark. Comprised of more than 414 acres, the site features a stunning landscape with magnificent formal terraced gardens, an 1804 mansion and 19th century brick dependencies, including the Oatlands greenhouse, the second oldest greenhouse in the nation. Oatlands is located 6 miles south of the town of Leesburg on Route 15.

reservation and purchase. Teas On Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m., The Pickwick Players will perform a variety of Christmas vignettes and sing Christmas music in the historic Carriage House at Oatlands. This fun and exciting holiday concert is suitable for children of all ages. Tickets for The Pickwick Players’ Holiday Concert are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12.

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Mount Gordon Farm The Plains, Virginia $11,750,000

Salem Hill

Marshall, Virginia $2,300,000

Silcott Springs Farm Purcellville, Virginia $1,850,000

Middleburg, Virginia $1,800,000

128 acres and immaculate 3 level, 13,000+ sq ft stone & shingle main house • 5 BR • 8 FP • Exceptional finishes on every floor • Caterer’s kitchen • Elevator • Spa • Separate guest cottage • Pool • Farm manager residence • 3 additional tenant houses • 12 stall center-aisle stable • Pond • Extraordinary land w/incomparable views extending beyond the Blue Ridge Mts • Orange County Hunt Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

Prime Fauquier location, well protected • 6 bedrooms • 4 full and 2 half baths • 3 fireplaces • Great views • Pool with large flagstone terrace • Large county kitchen • 4-car detached garage with apartment/ office • 9-stall barn • Covered arena • Outdoor ring • 4 stall shed row barn • 51 fenced acres

Traditional fieldstone house, circa 1790 with 2009 addition and renovations • 4 bedrooms • 3 1/2 baths • 6 fireplaces • High ceilings • Gourmet kitchen • Guest house, barn, spring house, run in sheds • 44.61 fenced & usable acres • Spring fed pond.

Custom-built stone & stucco home • 4+ bedrooms include 1st floor master • Gourmet kitchen • Home office with T-1 line & VIP security system & home automation • 4 stone patios • Perennial gardens & large mature trees • 3-car garage • Gated entrance, pristine grounds, pond, barn • 24 acres

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The Hague-Hough House The Plains Market Waterford, Virginia $1,495,000

The Plains, Virginia $1,400,00

Prime Middleburg location • House completely redone in 2004 • Hill top setting with panoramic mountain views • 3 BR • 3.5 BA • Main level master suite • Pine floors • Beautiful millwork • 3 FP • Attached 2-car garage • Beautiful windows • Gracious room sizes • 4-stall barn • Riding ring • In-ground pool • Lovely gardens • 31.05 acres recorded in 3 parcels

Hill top setting in historic village of Waterford • circa 1745 brick and stone home on 17.20 acres • 6 BR, 5 BA & 7 FP • Beautiful woodwork throughout • High ceilings • Meticulous renovation • Improvements include barn w/ apartment • Garage space for 6 vehicles • In-ground pool • Large pool house •Stone outbuildings • Lovely gardens

Great opportunity to own The Plains Market & Deli • Located just 1 mile from Route 66 and a growing area •The only gas station in the town • Includes active convenience store with deli kitchen & fixtures • 3 gas pumps and 1 diesel pump • Prime location

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Classic Middleburg colonial, completely redone in 2009 • 5 BR • 4 full BA, 2 half BA • 2 FP • Gourmet kitchen • Top of the line finishes throughout • 2-car attached garage • Beautifully landscaped • Sweeping unobstructed mountain views • 21.08 gently rolling acres • Fenced & cross fenced • Great barn, multiple run in sheds & riding/jumping paddocks (703) 609-1905 Paul MacMahon (703) 609-1905

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The Plains, Virginia $1,350,000

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Waterford, Virginia $996,000

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Stone English country home in top location between Middleburg & The Plains on 13 acres • 4 BR home with new kitchen & main level master suite • Hardwood floors, built-in book cases, fireplaces & bright open family room • Bluestone terrace overlooks new pool & entertaining area • Separate guest cottage/ pool house & garage • Whole-house generator Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

Custom built Quaker reproduction in Historic Waterford • Brick and frame home • Beautiful woodwork • Wood floors • High ceilings • Grand rooms • 4 bedrooms • 3 1/2 baths • 4 fireplaces • 2 separate lots • 3 car garage.

Gorgeous country home • Historic village • Panoramic views • 3 acres • Beautifully landscaped grounds with terraced herb garden and pool • 3 BR, 2 full + 2 half baths • Master bedroom w/gas FP on main level • Large dining room w/built-in china cabinets • 2 BR upstairs w/shared BA • Lower level family room w/wood-burning FP • Wet bar & french doors to pool area • Recently renovated

Paul MacMahon

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Brick home on 3 acres • Minutes from Middleburg • Sold in «AS IS» condition • 4 bedrooms • 2 1/2 baths • 2 fireplaces • 2 stall barn • Shed • Pool in need of repair • Rear brick terrace • Little bit of work but great value

Flexible, open and bright commercial space • 2 floors • Separate entrances • High ceilings • Entire building including all major systems recently renovated • New roof, new stucco, new HVAC - immaculate and turn key space • Zoning offers many options • High foot traffic location great value.

Middleburg, Virginia $500,000

Paul MacMahon

Middleburg, Virginia $449,500

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Finch House

The Plains, Virginia $995,000

The Plains, Virginia $775,000

Private setting on 10 acres between Middleburg and The Plains • Bright & open contemporary design • Built to look like a barn • 1st floor master suite & plenty of room for expansion • Pine floors, large windows & generous basement • Unusual offering in this top location • Mostly open, some woods • Long Branch runs through the property along stone walls and beautiful creekside meadow (703) 609-1905 Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

Squirrel Hall

Patrick Street

Bluemont, Virginia $382,000

Upperville, Virginia $375,000

The perfect getaway cabin • Charming post and beam cottage with log addition • Antique brick fireplace, wood stove, vaulted ceilings, beautiful woodwork • Ready for full time living or ultimate weekend escape • Quality construction and great privacy on 3 acres • Just a few miles from Route 7 and easy access to the Appalachian Trail and local wineries (540) 454-1930 Helen MacMahon (540) 454-1930

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Cowboy, ventriloquist & antique conservator Story and photos by Kerry Dale

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e’s been at it for more than 40 years, but if you’d known Nick Greer in his restless youth, you would never have imagined him settling down into a career as an antique conservator. Before the age of 25, Greer delivered newspapers and worked as a children’s party ventriloquist. At age 11, the native New Yorker was featured in “Life” magazine. “After that,” Greer recalled, “the phone never stopped ringing, and the money I saved from performing for three years put me through two years of private college.” He also worked as a motorcycle courier, soda jerk and shoe shiner and in the press of a newspaper. Surprisingly, sanitation engineer was his favorite job. “I always liked physical labor and loved the guys I worked with,” he said. “The camaraderie was great.” After graduating from George Washington University, Greer headed west to California on the fuel of his thumb. When Sherman Walden, owner of a large ranch in Pescadero, California, picked up Greer, the rancher offered him a job as a cowboy. It was a foggy night when Greer arrived at his new home, a wood shack with only a wood stove and no plumbing. When Greer awoke to the spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, his shack became his palace and allowed him to overlook the primitive living conditions. He learned to become more self-sufficient and lived off the grid. Before long, he was feeding himself by killing rabbits with a stone, gathering mussels and abalone along the shoreline and taking advantage of the plentiful vegetables grown for market on the farm. Greer loved California and his simple life on the ranch above the sea, but soon was called back east to attend law school. While waiting for classes to begin, he took a job with a woodworking contractor in Northern Virginia. This ended his law school plans. Almost immediately, he felt like he discovered a passion and profession in his new job. Years earlier, as a teenager and home sick from school for a few days, his grandfather, a master wood carver and sculptor, brought him a redwood board to carve. Greer found a picture of a farmer with a plow and commenced to carve his first piece.

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Greer still has the woodcarving and attributes his career to his grandfather and that first carving. His new employment took him to the Smithsonian Institution’s Arts and Industries Building in Washington, D.C., and its bicentennial celebration exhibit. While there, he helped create reproduction pieces for display. On the job, Greer lost a finger to a joiner and opted for restitution of $3,500, which he used to buy tools and set up his own shop out in the quiet countryside, just north of Purcellville in western Loudoun County. Soon, Greer was producing perfect miniatures of precious antiques that he

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took to local country fairs. People purchased the miniatures, which served to promote his fledgling business of making and restoring furniture. From this humble beginning, Greer has not looked back. Today, Nick Greer is the region’s pre-eminent antique conservator. He continues to do work for museums and collectors and is thought to be the most comprehensive craftsman in his trade. In his shop, Greer’s staff engages in upholstering, caning and seat weaving, gold leafing, furniture building, French polishing and conservation. These efforts might entail matching a leg, marquetry or anything an


object needs to bring it back to its original state. Greer and his talented group of 15 employees adhere to production methods of days gone by. Turnings are done on a hand lathe, French polish is made in-house from the shell of the lac bug, and joints are mortise and tenon, while drawers are dovetailed. All of Greer’s furniture restoration is done to retain as much of the original as possible. This includes use of antique woods to match both grain and patina. When a longtime Middleburg resident returned from a Boston auction with an important sideboard that originally belonged to Middleburg founder Levin Powell, she called on Nick Greer. The circa 1780 piece was in desperate need of repair. “He completely restored it, inside and out,” said the owner. “Nick took the sideboard from condition ‘D’ to condition ‘A.’ He did a super job.” Client Tim Dunn of Middleburg asked Greer to take a look at a fine, although not antique, English-made table of crotch mahogany that was damaged when a candle ignited a piece of cloth. Dunn assumed that replacement of the entire top might be necessary. Upon inspecting the damage, Greer simply said, “Let me see what I can do.” The master craftsman performed his usual magic. The burned section was removed and replaced with a perfectly compatible piece of

wood; the finish was restored with virtually no trace of the restoration. “You really couldn’t see the repair,” said Dunn. “I challenged my friends and family to find it. He did a beautiful job.” With no plans for retirement, Greer has managed in recent years to squeeze in some leisure time, which he most often fills with playing tennis. An avid and ac-

complished player, if Greer can’t be found in his shop applying a historically proper French polish to an 18th century table, you might just find him on the tennis court shellacking his opponent. ML Previous: Greer surrounded by restoration work at his workshop and studio outside of Purcellville. Above: Greer outside his workshop.

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The evening featured a retrospective look at the Windy Hill Foundation through the years from founder Rene Llewellyn’s first walk down Windy Hill Road to the first college attendee. With remarks from Rev. Daphne Llewellyn Burt, Rene Llewellyn’s granddaughter, and Jimmy Roberts, one of the original board members, the audience was able to grasp the depth of Windy Hill’s importance to Middleburg’s community.

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Extraordinary estate on over 180 acres; Ideal for horses; 7 Bedrooms; New Gourmet State of the Art Kitchen & Baths; Gorgeous full wall windows, overlooking 10 acre lake; 10 stall stable, Paddocks with run-in sheds, Pool and poolhouse with fireplace, spa and new tennis courts. $3,950,000

Middleburg~A graceful & charming 5 bedroom French Country home is set amongst nearly 40 serene acres enhanced by majestic trees, rolling lawns and fenced paddocks. This wonderful horse property also includes a 7 stall center-aisle barn with office, additional 4 stall barn with apartment, indoor arena, and tremendous ride out potential. Located in the OCH Territory. $3,500,000

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Steeped in history, the 98 acre estate of Ashleigh features an elegant Greek Revival manor house, c.1840, 2 bedroom pool/guest house adjacent to heated pool. 2 bedroom tenant home, 10 stall barn with 1 bedroom apt. and manager's office, additional 4 stall & 3 stall barn. Paddocks, pond, & magnificent gardens. 42 acres of this property are in managed Forestry Land Use. Excellent access to I-66. $2,500,000

Absolutely exquisite 4 Bedroom, 4 Bath Colonial on 25 acres offering privacy & seclusion in a picture booksetting. The 3 level main residence includes 4 fireplaces, pine floors, Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room, study & a fabulous gourmet kitchen, all in pristine condition.The manicured grounds incl. a charming 2 Bedroom Guest house, free form pool, great 4 stall barn,5 paddocks, lg equip.building, blue stone arena. $2,225,000

18+ acres of mostly open and rolling land with the home sited perfectly with vast views from both front and back overlooking the pond, gardens and front fields. Cathedral ceilings, Master on the main floor, huge library/living room, private guest rooms, apartment on lower level w/own kitchen/entrance, sprawling deck w/awning. Perfect location ~ OCH territory ~ VOF conservation easement. $1,795,000

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POTTS MILL ROAD - with frontage on Little River, Open Space Easement, rolling fields with mature hardwood forest, Orange County Hunt Territory, great ride out, very private, within 5 miles of the village of Middleburg, views in all directions. 316.85 acres $5,800,000 179.1 acres $3,222,000 137.74 acres $2,534,500 NAKED MOUNTAIN - Delaplane, 276 acres of land on Naked Mountain. A true hunter's paradise! Mostly wooded, very private. Nice elevation, from 670 to 1,400. Kettle Run stream runs through, great opportunity for tax credits. $1,159,410 The stately mansion is sited on 8½ acres within the town limits of The Plains, VA. The size of the home and its room sizes lends itself beautifully for hosting large events. The foyer measures 48’ x 11’. The zoning allows for potential division rights or potential tax credits. Convenient to Exit 31 of I-66. $1,200,000

82.99 acres with access from either The Plains Road or Hopewell Road. Nice elevation and several options for house sites. 15 Acres cleared with amazing view potential. Includes a certification letter for a 5 Bedroom septic system. Property is in Easement and cannot be further subdivided. $1,150,000

BEARS DEN - 151.61 acres in 3 parcels. (50.49, 50.48 and 50.64) Can be sold individually as well (50+ acre parcels) One largely wooded parcel, other two parcels share a pond and have wonderful views. Great location off of Leeds Manor Rd. and only minutes from Warrenton. $454,000 & $353,000

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The beautifully groomed 298 acres of this thoroughbred horse breeding & training farm rests at the edge of Middleburg. The gently rolling land is traversed with paved lanes to access the stately manor home, tenant homes, Confederate Hall, the barns and 6 furlong training track. The Georgian Style Training Barn is stunning and includes 28 stalls and a 1/8 mile indoor training track, with excellent $9,950,000 access to the fenced paddocks and fields.

Prestigious location and Beautiful 881+ acres of farmland. A Grand Manor House c. 1857, 4 cottages and barns including a 16 stall barn. Located at the confluence of the Robinson and Rapidan Rivers. Most of the land is open crop land with ponds and mountain views. 5 parcels. Tax Credit potential. $9,200,000

Magnificent horse property in the midst of the serene countryside. From the picturesque Young Road two driveways access the 107 acres of Hidden Trail Farm. The first leads to one of the finest indoor arenas surrounded by exquisite ride out. The second is the graceful, park-like drive, which parallels a creek and then gently curves up to the elegant manor home. $6,500,000

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c.1823, with a stunning tree lined entrance, offers one of the grand manor homes in the famed horse country of Upperville. Recently renovated, the home offers wonderful indoor and outdoor living areas. Porches, gardens, barns, paddocks, riding arena, pond, pool and magnificent views from the Bull Run to Blue Ridge Mountains. $3,200,000

726.66 acres in 14 parcels, all of which are 50 acres or larger. Accessed from Hume Road and from Black Rock Ford. Great elevation, views, open land,woods and frontage on the Rappahannock River. Mixed game for hunting. Great opportunity for tax credits. $2,979,306

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The 176 Acre Estate of Norwood is approx. 1 mile east of Berryvile. An allee of mature Maple trees line the long driveway of the manor house, c. 1819, listed in the National Register as, “One of Clarke County’s most elegant, intact examples of the Federal style of architecture.” The brick home offers 11’ ceiling height, original flooring, moldings, gracious entertaining rooms, 3 bedrooms and 3+ baths. $1,700,000

The lovely 22.8 Acre Ridgeview Farm offers a private, 4 bedroom residence sited on a knoll, with spacious rooms and views into the trees that border Little River. Located in prime Orange County Hunt territory the horse facilities include a 6 stall barn with tack room and wash stall, machine shed, run in shed and 4 beautiful board fenced paddocks, fields and round pen. VOF Easement. $1,350,000

Beautiful 4 bedroom, 5 bath home on over 50 acres with incredible views in all directions. Perfect for horse enthusiasts or great for enjoying country living. Elegant living spaces perfect for parties. Fencing, convertible barn, water features, lush gardens, covered porches and decks for outdoor entertaining and much more. Old Dominion Hunt Territory. $1,299,000

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Executive, 10 acre mountaintop retreat, perfectly sited with a southern exposure to enjoy the panoramic views from sunrise over the Bull Run Mountains to sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Exquisite finishes and 10’ ceiling height. Two spacious master suites with two additional en suite bedrooms. Pool, paddocks and perennial gardens. $1,225,000

Stunning and private 65.03 acres just south of Purcellville. Gorgeous pasture and wildlife habitat. Ideal setting for a countryside estate, equestrian farm or working farm. Quiet and peaceful with rock walls, running stream, electric, well, 5 Bedroom septic permit, Open Space Conservation Easement. $684,999

MAIDSTONE ROAD - of Land, half pasture, half wooded with Goose Creek Frontage. Mountain and Pastural Views with pond and multiple house sites with elevation and perfect location with easy access to I-66. Piedmont Hunt Territory. 50.14 Acres $802,170

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Conserve | From page 28 that this land is beautiful and is worthy of protection from the suburban sprawl that has rolled toward us, blanketing many nearby hills over the last several decades. Middleburg’s rich history of preservation is the success story of a generous and passionate community. Unlike most current stories on social media and the news outlets, Middleburg has a story that celebrates what we have in common. Regardless of party affiliation, and over half a c e ntu r y, l an d ow n e r s throughout Loudoun and Fauquier counties have sacrificed development rights in order to safeguard beautiful viewsheds and healthy ecosystems, as well as the active lifestyles of hunters, hikers, bird-watchers, stargazers, foxhunters, trail riders and all lovers of open space for generations to come.

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Peter B. Schwartz and Anna M. Moser made the decision to protect their Delaplane home, Tupelo Farm. “This isn’t about our individual easement; this is about being part of the preservation of the entire area of the northern Piedmont — a very precious agricultural area that is beautiful and historic, and worthy of protection from the onslaught of sprawling growth,” said Schwartz. “We wanted to be part of that larger effort. We’re very proud that our easement is one of hundreds of easements in this area that, knitted together, truly protect this part of the country.” To d at e , w e l l ov e r 100,000 acres of Loudoun and Fauquier land comprise more than 700 conservation easements. The bulk of these are held by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, which opened in 1966 and holds a

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greater number of conservation easements than any other land trust in the country. The language in these easements is varied based on existing land use, but the goal of each is to ensure the protection and stewardship of open space lands in perpetuity. When the Virginia Land Conservation Incentives Act of 1999 was signed, horse country saw an immediate uptick in protected lands. A land donor could then write off up to $100,000 per year for five years from his or her state income tax. Starting in 2001, donors were also allowed to buy, sell and transfer conservation tax credits, meaning that it wasn’t only those with large incomes who could now afford to take full advantage of the program. As the tax incentives have continued to grow, so have the economic benefits to the community. The protection of so much countryside, combined with the growth of nearby metropolitan areas, contributed to an increase in property values. John Coles, an agent for Thomas and Talbot Real Estate, explained, “Where you have a high concentration of easements, all of a sudden, that’s where everyone wants to be. So, it’s driven the prices up dramatically, really. “If you go 5–10 miles out, where there

aren’t many easements, the land prices are a lot cheaper.” Despite the inherent restrictions that an easement places on a property, Coles has had little difficulty finding buyers who are educated about easements and ready to be stewards of the land. “Right in this area where there are a lot of easements, they sell.” Early last year, a bipartisan effort in Washington, D.C., passed the Conservation Easement Incentive Act, which was swiftly signed into law. The now permanent federal income tax deductions were also greatly expanded. In addition to the Virginia income tax deductions, a land donor can also take a federal tax deduction of up to 50 percent of their adjusted gross income for up to 15 years, and qualified farmers and ranchers can deduct up to 100 percent of their adjusted gross income for the same time period. Middleburg residents and the surrounding communities have demonstrated that when individual landowners encourage each other to protect private lands, the result is a model for long-term economic, cultural and environmental success. The economic incentives to participate in the effort have never been greater, and I, for one, have never been so happy to applaud our local history of bipartisan accomplishment. ML

If you are interested in finding out if your land is eligible for an easement, the Land Trust of Virginia, Piedmont Environmental Council and Virginia Outdoors Foundation are all accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, and each organization has extensive online resources to help educate prospective donors. Land Trust of Virginia 5 N. Hamilton St. Middleburg, VA 20117 540-687-8441 | landtrustva.org Piedmont Environmental Council 45 Horner St. Warrenton, VA 20186 540-347-2334 | pecva.org Virginia Outdoors Foundation 39 Garrett St., Ste. 200 Warrenton, VA 20186 540-347-7727 virginiaoutdoorsfoundation.org Maps show protected lands in Loudoun and Fauquier counties as of 2015. Maps courtesy of the Piedmont Environmental Council.

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SAVING LIVES ONE PASTURE AT A TIME TRF partners with MARE Center on major study By Bridgett McIntosh and Katie Kaufman

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irginia’s lush green pastures are more than just a picturesque backdrop to horse and hunt country. Researchers at Virginia Tech’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center are studying the link between the environment, the pasture and the horse to unveil the mysteries behind pasture-associated laminitis, a painful inflammatory condition affecting the tissues that bond the hoof wall to the pedal bone in the horse’s hoof. The most common yet least understood cause of laminitis is pasture-associated, where horses develop the disease during certain times of the year when environmental conditions favor high levels of nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC),

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especially sugar, in pasture grasses. Virginia Tech doctoral student Katie Kaufman is leading the MARE Center’s research efforts aimed at understanding and preventing pasture-associated laminitis through a grazing study examining the changes that occur in a mixed grass pasture and impacts on horse health over one year. Previous research has shown that during certain times of the year, especially in the spring and fall, sugar levels become drastically elevated. Environmental conditions including duration and intensity of sunlight, air and soil temperature, frost and drought can all affect NSC accumulation in pasture plants. When horses consume diets high in NSC, metabolic and digestive disturbances can occur, leading to the onset of laminitis.

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The MARE Center research team features Virginia Tech’s Bridgett McIntosh, master’s student Katie Delano and program coordinator Shayan Ghajar, who are collecting environmental data and tracking changes in the pasture to identify what triggers NSC levels to fluctuate. In turn, the responses of horses grazing the pastures are being examined by measuring blood parameters that indicate alterations in digestion, metabolism and inflammation, as well as by characterizing the hindgut microflora. Research efforts at the MARE Center are multiplied and made more impactful through collaboration. The Virginia Horse Industry Board, along with several other faculty members from Virginia Tech and other Pasture | Page 38




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Pasture | From page 36 universities, has played an integral part in the project. However, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has played a very special role. An additional healthy Thoroughbred mare was needed to complete the research herd, which includes 12 mares, some with a previous history of laminitis and some that have never had a laminitic episode, and TRF stepped up to the plate. Elizabeth Beer, TRF’s development officer, arranged for the MARE Center to visit one of their retirement farms in Northern Virginia in hopes of finding a horse that would be suitable for the research project. The MARE Center team loaded up Tercia De Reinas (Terce), a 2005 mare by Graeme Hall out of Mintsonthepillow, and brought her home to the MARE Center to be a part of the study that same day. Terce was initially rescued from the New Holland sale in 2008 by TRF following a racing career of five starts and only $738 in earnings. When Terce was rescued, she had a severe case of strangles, a bacterial infection that can be life-threatening if not treated properly, and her hooves were in terrible condition. Following great care by TRF staff, Terce made a full recovery and has been a wonderful addition to the MARE Center herd since September. Through collaboration and community relationships, the MARE Center strives to make a difference through cutting-edge discoveries and outreach for all horses and landowners. With a rich history in pasture-based nutrition research, the center con-

tinues to develop new management strategies to benefit horses and the land they graze. The MARE Center is a 420-acre research and education farm located just outside of Middleburg that was donated to Virginia Tech by philanthropist Paul Mellon in 1949 to serve the community and equine industry by fostering research and education that enhance the health and well-being of horses and the land. Moving forward with Mellon’s vision, we really can make a difference when we come together to better our community by saving horse’s lives, one pasture at a time. ML

MARE Center 5527 Sullivans Mill Rd., Middleburg, VA 20117 540-687-3521 | arec.vaes.vt.edu/arec/ middleburg.html Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation 10 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-226-0028 | trfinc.org On p. 36: The MARE Center research herd grazing in a study aimed at preventing pasture-associated laminitis. Above: Terce, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred mare on lease to the MARE Center from TRF being weighed and evaluated as part of the grazing study by doctoral student Katie Kaufman and Katie Delano, who is pursuing a master’s degree.

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Beautifully sited on the western slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Randleston Farm encompases 117 acres of lush pastures, flowering trees and English gardens. An exquisite 10,000 square foot stone manor is meticulously restored, enjoys incredible views and borders the Shenandoah River. 20 stall stone and stucco stable, 3 bedroom managers house, run-in sheds, all create a $6,900,000 fabulous equestrain facility.

The extraordinary Birchwood Estate boasts 180 acres with the most beautiful private arboretum in Virginia! The English Country manor is a masterpiece of the finest quality & design, elegant & charming with incredible mountain views, brilliant gardens & a simply "magical setting". Exquisite stone, slate roofing, fieldstone terraces, a luxurious pool & spa, wine cellar; plus 6 separate parcels! $5,975,000

middleburg ~ Historic Wexford ~ home to the Kennedys, Middleburg's most distinguished residents. Ideally located on over 166 gorgeous acres, with spectacular land and magnificent views, this stunning estate includes 4 parcels, a beautiful pool, tennis court, stable, scenic stone walls and gated private entry. Orange County Hunt: Easement Potential! $5,950,000

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An extraordinary family compound on 24+ acres with two main residences (totaling 6 bedrooms) and a tenant house/guest house, amidst towering trees, stonewalls, brillant gardens and a spring fed pond. The 2 stables are stunning and include a total of 20 stalls with huge lofts, opening to paddocks and overlooking the pond. English gardens, picket fences, a paneled office, all in pristine condition and absolutely charming. $2,350,000

leesburg~An exquisite 20.23 acre estate in a private secluded setting with extraordinary views. elegant stone & stucco residence, meticulously updated, beautifully decorated & pristine condition. High ceilings, gleaming wood floors, 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, plus guest house, carriage house, tennis court & pool in garden of Eden! Stonewalls & terraces add charm to this magical settting. $2,299,000

Absolutely charming, completely renovated, historic farm house on 25 acres & minutes from Middleburg. Features 5000 SF of beautiful living space, new Master Suite with fireplace.& luxurious bath. Vaulted ceilings in Great Rm with a gorgeous stone fplc & walls of windows overlooking pond & mtns. Gourmet kitchen opens to covered terrace.guest house, stable, run in shed. Property is ideal for horses. $2,090,000

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Purcellville~An extraordinary historic 18th century residence of stone and brick, beautifully meticulousy restored & completely updated with the finest modern amenities, while carefully preserving its historic integrity. The property includes 12.7 gorgeous acres, on 2 separate parcels. with lush fields, brilliant gardens and magnificent mountain views. A charming Guest House and heated pool. Also, a 4 bay garage for treasured cars and possessions and an incredible workshop. $1,950,000

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; separate office or guest suite over 3 bay garage. $1,895,000

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4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath Stone & Stucco residence on 12+ acres, completely remodeled with the finest craftmanship and in pristine condition in a storybook setting. Family compound includes 3 Bedroom , 2 Bath guest House, studio apartment in Carriage House, green House, spa, Run-In $1,795,000 shed and lush paddocks.

Charming historic property, circa 1750, on approx. 7 acres with brilliant gardens, charming guest house, & fabulous 5 stall stable with office, kitchen, exercise room, crafts room & pine floored loft, ideal for Hunt Breakfasts & entertaining. Main residence was renovated with meticulous care & boasts a gourmet kitchen, premier appliances, 3 fireplaces, gracious rooms & $1,450,000 an idyllic setting.

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middleburg ~ 10 graceful beautifully landscaped private acres in prestigious "Atoka Chase". Completely re-modeled and expanded, it features, a new kitchen & baths, new siding, new roof, all new utilities, new decks & porches, terraces & brilliant perennial gardens. A gated entrance & board fenced paddock, plus run-in shed for the equestrian, with trails for ride-out. $1,275,000

Absolutely charming Quaker fieldstone farmhouse, nestled in the historic village of Unison, on over 8 acres with brilliant gardens & towering oaks in an idyllic setting. This lovely home features wonderful wood floors, 3 fireplaces with 200 year old mantels & gracious rooms for quiet relaxation. The property includes a historic barn, lush pastures, a secluded garden swimming pool & an artist studio. $975,000

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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 gardens surround the heated pool. Fabulous 11 stall stone stable with 2 staff apartments. Riding ring, green house all in pristine condition. additional 227 acres are available. $10,000,000

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Stunning custom built French colonial on over 92 acres of magnificent land just minutes from Middleburg. Extraordinary quality & design, featuring 3 finished levels, a pool surrounded by stone terraces, 4 wood burning fireplaces, a gourmet country kitchen,heated floors & beamed ceilings throughout. A six stall center aisle stable & fabulous new barn & paddocks make this a spectacular equine estate. $3,450,000

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AMERICANA, MIDDLEBURG AND THE HOLIDAY PARADE

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claimed film festival and an assortment of major equestrian events. Despite its reputation as the nation’s “horse and hunt capital,” however, nothing defines the town like the Christmas in Middleburg parade. It is an institution that has taken place since 1972 and has steadily grown in popularity so that it brings in audiences from far beyond the borders of Loudoun and Fauquier counties.

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I recently spoke at length with Jim Herbert, who has been involved with the parade for more than a decade, but has chaired the annual event for the last six years. Herbert, a Middleburg native, has overseen the parade during the period when it began to capture national attention. For the first 20 years, the parade was a small hometown event. “At the very outset, it was purely, organically, a local outburst of celebration and recognition for Christmas,” Herbert explained, but something started to shift. “People whose grown 35-year-old children [began] bringing their children back, because when they were kids here, it was something meaningful,” Herbert pointed out. By the 1990s, the parade crowds grew to between 2,000 and 4,000. “It’s only very recently,” according to Herbert, “that we have escalated north of 10,000, and then north of 20,000” visitors. Of course, weather will often dictate the size of the crowd, but press coverage on a

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national scale has influenced recent turnout. “Voice of America came in three years ago,” Herbert told me. “They happened to have a [photographer] that was out here, four years ago, as a freelancer. “And the freelancer tried to come back and sell them, ‘You need to do a story on Americana. This is a real, authentic slice of American life.’ Well, the next year,” according to Herbert, “they came back with a whole videography crew and did a Voice of America production special.” After the Voice of America program aired, the regional and national press picked up the story. Matt Lauer even mentioned it on the “Today” Sshow. As a direct result, crowds at the annual event began to swell. Of course, many towns and cities have holiday parades. This still begs the question: What makes the Middleburg celebration so popular? In an age of increased commercialization, Herbert theorizes that “each one of [the


floats] represents a thread woven into the fabric of this community; they are all about things that people love about living here and being involved here and being engaged here; and not just living on top of a geography, but living within a community.” For everyone that attends, there is also a sense, Herbert went on to say that the parade “expresses the joy of Christmas message and [the message of] Christmas in Middleburg as a loving, welcoming event.” How can any idea be more seasonally appropriate? As a result of this effectively communicated message, the parade attracts a demographic that is primarily families with children. According to Herbert, “30 percent are regional, 60 percent come from Northern Virginia,



D.C., and Montgomery County, and the other 10 percent come from more than 100 miles away.” So, these families are drawn to Middleburg, in Herbert’s view, “because of an experience of warmth and welcome.” One impact of the increasing number of visitors is the stress it places on the town’s infrastructure. There is a feeling among some, according to Herbert, that the “genie should be put back in the bottle.” On the other hand, he is quick to counter, “The whole thing helps all the members. That’s a good quid pro quo. The day of the Christmas in Middleburg parade day is the largest single cash revenue day of the calendar year for Middleburg restaurants and retailers. “It’s our version of Black Friday. So, [the

Middleburg Business and Professional Association] supports Christmas in Middleburg because it helps from an economic development standpoint, materially, every business in town.” Whether viewed as cathartic or an economic boost, in the end, the Christmas in Middleburg parade offers an antidote to holiday traffic, shopping malls and an over-commercialized sense of the season. The town of Middleburg opens its arms and invites visitors to experience a slice of Americana or possibly a part of their childhood that they hope to reclaim if only for a single day. ML Previous page: Snow photo by Middleburg. Photos above: by Jodi & Kurt Photography.

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oudoun Ballet Co. (LBC) has announced its 27th annual full-length version of “The Nutcracker” will be performed one weekend only, Dec. 16-18, at Broad Run High School in Ashburn. Advance tickets are available online only at loudounballet.org through Dec. 15 and tickets will also be available at the door. Performance dates and times are as follows: •

Friday, Dec. 16: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17-18: 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

LBC’s traditional, full-length “The Nutcracker” premiered in Leesburg in 1990 and has successfully returned every holiday season, receiving critical acclaim from The

Washington Post and Southern Living magazine. Younger and older dancers and performers from across Loudoun County join LBC’s apprentices to make a cast of over 160. “The Nutcracker” is sure to dazzle and delight all ages. “LBC’s ‘The Nutcracker’ is a beloved holiday classic, bringing together stunning costumes, dancing and music,” said Maureen Miller, LBC artistic director. “We hope families bring loved ones of all generations to enjoy the magic and beauty of this highly anticipated performance.” Ticket prices online are $15 for children 12 and under and seniors, $22 for adults and $27 for premium seats. All tickets at the door will be $30. ML

ABOUT LBC Since 1978, LBC, a should say 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has provided young, talented dancers across Loudoun County with pre-professional performance opportunities in some of the world’s most beloved ballets. In addition, LBC has provided our community with quality, affordable ballets that have earned it the title of Loudoun County’s “Best Performing Arts Group” for five years running. Learn more at loudounballet.org, on Facebook as “Loudoun Ballet Company,” and on Twitter and Instagram as @loudounballet.

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WILLIAM FOX-PITT finishes U.S. teaching tour

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orld and Olympic champion William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain finished his 2016 American teaching tour at the Great Meadow Foundation for Team EnGaged Clinics. The three-day clinic, sponsored by Albion Saddlemakers, took place Nov. 3-5 and featured 28 diverse riders from the United States and Canada. “I was thrilled to have William back teaching,” stated Kelly Gage, owner of Team EnGaged Clinics. “He is one of most gifted coaches I’ve seen in the last decade and in my book, is a professional’s professional. He has a lovely ability to put people at ease while bringing out the best and [getting] to the heart of the matter. “The training is thorough, sympathetic and correct. It’s easy to see how he’s been consistently at the top of the sport.” No stranger to The Plains, Fox-Pitt was first hosted by Team EnGaged in 2013 in his first North American clinic. Nearly three years later, the 2016 edition was placed against the backdrop of the Great Meadow Foundation, host of the Nations Cup. “The GMF, Robert Banner and Teresa Condon have been such an integral part of this event and to my team,” stated Gage. “It’s a beautiful venue with unlimited possibilities for horse sport. To be a part of the group is a long-term goal fulfilled. “I was just happy that they approached me at the start and offered the facility back in 2014. It’s been nothing short of a roller coaster. “There were a lot of firsts at this clinic,” she continued. “It was the first time William was teaching since 2016, first time Team EnGaged expanded to three days, first time there were privates and

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We were honored to host a world-class clinician like William Fox-Pitt. Our goal is to deliver high performance sport in every discipline. Our community deserves no less. Kelly Gage is likeminded, and we look forward to her return with more clinicians like Fox-Pitt. — Robert Banner, president of the Great Meadow Foundation first time that we had this amount of diversity with the riders. It was incredible to see people who traveled 20-plus hours to come ride with him.” Over the three days, riders were treated to private and semi-private lessons with FoxPitt, who emphasized acceptance of a supple connection both on the flat and over fences while making the horses sharper through clear and direct riding.



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“Each day that the riders came back there was marked improvement,” Gage said. “I think everyone took away something from each lesson to work on over the winter. I know I have fun things to work on with my horses as well. I look forward to seeing everyone again at the next one.” Fox-Pitt will return in 2017 to teach again for Team EnGaged. Dates will be announced via their Facebook page and mailing list. ML

Left: Jane Byyny from Surefire Farm with her Selle Français gelding and William Fox-Pitt. Top: Upper level event rider Erin Pullen and her horse Tag had the weekend of a lifetime at Great Meadow. Bottom: Rachel Wood above the “box.” This particular exercise was not about the size of the box but how accurate a rider/horse team would be above it.

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1. Ian Reid prepares to chop down a tree while son Cal looks on. 2. Yetta Reid, holding son Theo, and Ian Reid, holding son Cal, hunt for trees at the Snickers Gap Christmas Tree Farm in Round Hill. 3. Yetta Reid enjoys a cup of hot chocolate while her husband Ian looks on. 2

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Vineyard | From page 53 farm, tell a few family stories and discuss the qualities of each wine. It is a fairly singular experience that makes their guests feel welcome and completely at home. I am not sure how it could be improved. Zephaniah is a relatively small boutique operation. The Hatch family is making about 1,200 cases per year from the 9.6 acres of estate-grown fruit. Each of the wines is extraordinary and I can say with absolute candor that there is not a single wine that is not well-crafted and worthy of praise. Nevertheless, I will point out a couple of my favorites. Right out the gate, the Steamship White got my attention and remained my favorite of the whites. It is a blend of chardonel, cabernet franc, petit manseng and vidal blanc. The cab franc adds a bit of complexity to this perfectly balanced wine. Of course, I am always a sucker for a good cabernet franc and the Zephaniah example won silver in both the 2014 and 2015 Governor’s Cup. It is no wonder, given the structured tannins and fruit. It also lacked the green pepper notes evident in many cab francs. It was my top pick and I am a bit surprised that it did not earn gold. The property lends itself to exploring. The Hatch family encourages visitors to picnic on the lawn or linger out back in one of the many chairs situated around the grounds. I wandered over to the new event hall that recently opened next door. It is a beautiful space that compliments a special venue. It is typically open

Leesburg and just a few minutes off Route 15. They are open only on the weekends and close during the winter because the roads can become a bit treacherous. Regardless, it is a place that really needs to be seen in fair weather, when you can spend some time and explore. ML

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On p. 53, top: A few bottles of Zephaniah wine. On p. 53, bottom: The front of the manor house. Above: Seating on the Zephaniah property.

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Breakfast with Santa and Silent Auction at Middleburg Community Charter School (7:45-10:30 a.m.): This event is the MCCS Parent-Teacher Organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, allowing you, your family, and friends an opportunity for a great time while helping our community school achieve its goals to provide an innovative and creative learning environment for MCCS students. From 8-10:30 a.m., the event includes pictures with Santa, free cookie decorating, a raffle, silent auction and a buffet-style breakfast in the cafeteria with eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and more. There is also reserved seating in the fireside lounge from 7:45-10:25 a.m., with a deluxe breakfast in a more intimate setting that allows you to skip the buffet lines. Cost: adults — $10 for breakfast, $18 for fireside lounge and $10 for lunch; children under 12 — $5 for breakfast, $9 for fireside lounge and $7 for lunch. To purchase tickets and select your entry time for the breakfast or fireside lounge, please visit mccspto. my-pto.org.

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Christmas in Middleburg: Join us for a Christmas experience like no other! The day includes Breakfast with Santa, a craft fair at the Middleburg Community Center (9 a.m.5 p.m.), the Middleburg Garden Club’s Christmas greens sale, hot chocolate at the Middleburg United Methodist Church at 10 a.m., the Middleburg Hunt and Hounds Review at 11 a.m., hayrides from 11:30 a.m.-1:50 p.m., soup and ham biscuit lunch at Middleburg United Methodist Church from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., a Christmas in Middleburg concert at Middleburg United Methodist Church from noon-12:45 p.m., the Christmas parade at 2 p.m. and “Spirits of Middleburg” (progressive food, wine tastings, ciders and distilled spirits) from 3-6 p.m. For more information and to purchase your p ark ing t ickets, ple as e v isit christmasinmiddleburg.org.



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Ste w and Ham Bis cuit Luncheon: Join Middleburg United Methodist Church in the Social Hall immediately following the hunt parade for this annual event. The meal includes stew, a large ham biscuit, a beverage and dessert. Cost: $13 for adults, $7 for children under 10. Please call 540-687-6492 for more information.

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Holiday Concert at Salamander Resort (7:30-9:30 p.m.): A Place to Be presents a moving night filled with love, courage and a celebration of music and expressive arts therapies. Please visit www.aplacetobeva.org for more information.

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The Piedmont Singers at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.): The Piedmont Singers will present Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” for choir and strings plus other Christmas selections from the Baroque era. For more information, please call 540-687-6297. Loudoun Ballet’s Nutcracker Tea Party at Salamander Resort “& Spa (2-4 p.m.): Join the Nutcracker characters for tea, hot chocolate and sweets while enjoying stunning excerpts from the ballet and taking pictures with princesses and queens. Cost: $61 for adults, $49 for children ages 3-12. For more information, visit lbcwebmaster.wixsite.com/lbcnutcrackertea

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C h r i s t m a s Pa g e a n t a t Foxcroft School (2-4 p.m.): The pageant is a tradition that was started by Foxcroft founder Charlotte Haxall Noland soon after the school was established in 1914. Each year, Foxcroft’s new students and chorale present the nativity story as a gift to the community using Noland’s script, which includes several characters you won’t find in the Bible along with some animals you will. Live donkeys, goats, bunnies and birds have all made appearances in recent years. Admission is free.

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Student Recital at Foxcroft School (6:30-7:30 p.m.): Come hear the talents of Foxcroft School’s music students at a winter recital featuring a mix of classical, musical comedy and

Pancake Breakfast at American Legion Post 295 (8–11 a.m.): The breakfast will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, cheese grits, doughnuts, OJ, milk and coffee. Cost: adults $10, children 12 and under $6. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 2950. Jack Wood’s 2nd Annual Holy Sounds of the Season at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church (3:30-5 p.m.): The event will feature a selection of Christmas carols sung by a choir and Jack Wood on piano. Free admission.s

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MBPA Biz Buzz Annual Awards and Holiday Party at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (5:30-7:30 p.m.): The Middleburg Business and Professional Association will conduct its December mixer, which will include a 10-minute business update and the annual awards ceremony. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. Please RSVP by email to info@visitmiddleburg.com.

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M i d d l e bu r g C on c e r t Series—Home for C hristmas at Mi d d l eburg Unite d Methodist Church (4 p.m.): This musical event will include traditional holiday and classical selections and feature renowned vocalists Michael Forest and Aime Sposato. Free admission; donations are welcome. For more information, please call 540-3037127 or email middleburgconcertseries@ gmail.com.

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Horses, horse sports & equestrian tradition By Mark Deane

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iddleburg, recognized as the heart of Virginia’s hunt country, is a town blessed with an abundance of gifts. Steeped in history, charm and old-fashioned Southern hospitality, the town nestles into a picture-perfect countryside. The rolling land is home to beautiful farms, fertile vineyards and grand old estates, framed against a breathtaking background of the Blue Ridge and Bull Run mountains. Having been fortunate to reside in this special area for nearly 50 years, I have come to realize that, among all these riches, Middleburg’s greatest treasure is the town’s residents. Our town has always been called “home” by a diverse and fascinating group of individuals, people who cross social and economic backgrounds to share a common love of our unique country lifestyle.

One such resident is Maryalice Matheson-Thomas, an accomplished horsewoman. Soft-spoken and often found quietly working behind the scenes in Middleburg’s equestrian community, Matheson-Thomas is passionate about the town, particularly about the horses and the equestrian lifestyle that play such an important role in Middleburg’s identity. She is dedicated to introducing newcomers to horses and horse sports and to passing on and preserving equestrian traditions. Originally from Massachusetts, Matheson-Thomas first visited Middleburg with her parents over 30 years ago. To Matheson-Thomas, who was enamored with horses and all things equestrian at a young age, the town seemed like heaven on earth. She vividly recalls glancing through a local phone book during that trip and finding the name of her then-idol, the famous show jumper Rodney Jenkins, among the listings. It

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was a moment that made a lasting impression on Matheson-Thomas, who believed that, to become a knowledgeable horsewoman, she needed to learn from the best in the business. Although Middleburg stole her heart during that first visit, it would be some time before Matheson-Thomas settled in the town. In the interim, she pursued her goal of equestrian education, her quest taking her as far as Austria to study. “I learned a lot about carriage horses and dressage while I was in Austria,” Matheson-Thomas recalled, and that knowledge would prove vital to her future business in Middleburg. Upon her return to Massachusetts from Europe, Matheson-Thomas enrolled in a written course of equestrian study developed by a Virginia horsewoman. “Before I finished the course, I contacted the author and made arrangements to work on her farm,” MatheProfile | Page 63

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Profile | From page 60 son-Thomas said. “I bought a one-way bus ticket and headed to Virginia.” The bus route took Matheson-Thomas back through her favorite town, Middleburg, where the bus made a brief rest stop. “I will never forget getting off the bus at that stop in Middleburg,” Matheson-Thomas recalled. “The first person I saw as I stepped off the bus happened to be the most elegant horseman I had ever seen.” When Matheson-Thomas described the gentleman to me — an older, distinguished African-American wearing a trademark black hat — I recognized immediately one of Middleburg’s many interesting residents, Colonel Brooks. Middleburg felt so much like home to Matheson-Thomas that she was ready to disembark from that bus, suitcase in hand and settle in; that is, until the bus driver reminded the young woman that her ticket was taking her to Middletown, Virginia, not Middleburg. Reluctantly, Matheson-Thomas climbed back aboard and headed to her intended destination for her new job. Middleburg continued to pull at Matheson-Thomas’ heartstrings, however, and it wasn’t very long before Matheson-Thomas returned to Middleburg to make the town her home. In Middleburg’s vibrant and diverse equestrian community, Matheson-Thomas found her niche in training and driving carriage horses, drawing on the knowledge she acquired during her time studying in Austria. Matheson-Thomas opened her business, Bowler Hill Farm, in the nearby town of Marshall and focused on breaking, training and boarding carriage horses. Matheson-Thomas explained that training a carriage horse is very labor-intensive: “It can take up to two hours per horse per day to cover all the training necessary to make a successful carriage horse, so usually, I cannot train more than five horses a day.” She noted that the first lessons for a prospective carriage horse systematically desensitize the horse to sudden noises and movements and include teaching the horse to accept wearing blinkers on its eyes, which permit the horse to look only straight ahead. In Matheson-Thomas’ experience, she can have the average horse driving well in 90 days; however, teaching a new, inexperienced owner to handle his or her new carriage horse or team of carriage horses is often a longer process. “Around the 90-day mark, if I feel a new carriage horse is ready, I will begin to give the new owners their first driving lessons. But I would not allow an owner to drive a horse alone until I am confident that both the horse and the owner are ready.” Matheson-Thomas believes that driving is a horse sport that is “friendly” to beginners, because it is not as physically demanding on a person to



learn to drive as it is to learn to ride. “You really don’t have to be physically fit to drive a horse,” Matheson-Thomas noted. In addition, entry-level carriage driving can be a surprisingly budget-friendly horse sport, since equipment costs as well as the price for a serviceable driving horse can be quite low. For those who might be interested in the sport of driving, Matheson-Thomas recommended contacting the Piedmont Driving Club (piedmontdrivingclubva.com), a group of driving enthusiasts to which Matheson-Thomas belongs. The club has about 75 members who meet each weekend in different area locations. Matheson-Thomas notes that club members are always enthusiastic about helping newcomers to their sport, and attending a club meeting is a wonderful introduction to carriage driving. Matheson-Thomas’ passion for introducing people to the traditions, challenges and joys of Middleburg’s equestrian life extends beyond carriage horses and driving. A member of the Orange County Hunt for the past 30 years, she currently serves as the foxhunt’s second flight hunt master. In this capacity, she leads a group of people, including newcomers to foxhunting as well as more experienced hunters, on a slower, non-jumping route to follow the hounds. “I look out for the inexperienced foxhunters, and I try to explain to them all the action that is going on during the hunt,” she said. “We try to make these experiences as enjoyable and welcoming as possible for new people who are not familiar with hunting.” Matheson-Thomas added, “I encourage people to contact our area’s many different hunts for in-

formation about foxhunting, even if they have no experience or no horse. There are many people more than willing to help newcomers participate at some level.” Matheson-Thomas’ husband, John Dale Thomas, is a lifelong Middleburg resident who shares his wife’s love of horses and horse sports. Thomas grew up on Paul Mellon’s famous Rokeby Stables farm in Upperville, and is a fixture in the community. Over his career, Thomas worked in a wide variety of jobs in the sport that he loves: exercise rider, steeplechase jockey and trainer, to name just a few. Currently, Thomas is working for a horsemen’s group in an attempt to establish a horse racing circuit in Virginia. Whether you are a longtime Middleburg resident or a visiting tourist, experiencing the equestrian traditions of Middleburg is easy with people like Maryalice and Dale willing to share their passion and vast knowledge. ML On p. 61: Malcolm Matheson and Maryalice Matheson-Thomas (photo by Liz Callar). Above left: Matheson-Thomas rides during cubbing season (photo by Liz Callar). Above right: Matheson-Thomas leads the second field for Orange County Hounds (photo by Joanne Maisano).

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returning to Tri-County full-time, Noel worked for First Annapolis Consulting as a strategy consultant specializing in partnership finance. Noel’s prior work experience includes commercial lending at Oak View National Bank. Noel holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business and received his bachelor’s in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He recently married Carlyle Eden of The Plains and they reside in Rectortown. Tri-County’s popular retail operation is an equestrian and sporting lifestyle store that offers equine and pet care products, tack, feed and stable supplies alongside family apparel, footwear, gifts and décor. Tri-County, located on John Marshall Highway halfway between Marshall and The Plains, also delivers feed and hay to Northern Virginia, West Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland. The 39-year-old company opened in its current location in September 2007. ML

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Merr y Christmas the Plains ~ One of Fauquier County's oldest properties on 17.3 acres. The main house, c1790 is stucco over frame and has heart pine floors, beamed ceilings, 5 Fireplaces, 6 bedrooms 5 full and 2 half baths. It is surrounded by boxwood and perennial gardens with a lovely pool, pool house and stone cabin guest house. An old Virginia Classic and a must see! Also listed as a commercial property. $1,295,000

Fully renovated Colonial ideally located just minutes to Middleburg. 4BRs, 4.5BAs set on 3+ acs w/pond & mature woods. New roof, windows, shutters, 1st Flr. Master Suite w/luxury bath, WI closet & Sitting Rm/Office. Kitchen has new cabinets & granite. Hardwood Floors thru-out, 2 fireplaces. LL Rec. Rm/Family Rm w/new carpet, sep. Laundry Rm & 2-car garage. Large rear deck overlooks gardens & pond. $915,000

rein duPont (540) 454-3355

Cricket bedford (540) 229-3201

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Middleburg ~ Turnkey horse farm on 10 private acres with French country home. Features flagstone front terrace that opens into a Grand 2-story slate entrance hall, formal Living & Dining Rooms, spacious Kitchen with Eat-in area and Family Room. Hardwood floors & 2 fireplaces. 3 sets of French doors open to a fenced back yard with matures trees, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Full basement. 3-stall Barn with tack room & wash stall. 3 fenced Paddocks with turn out Shed. $899,000

Cricket bedford (540) 229-3201

LaNd~Upperville 1.84 acre parcel with 3 Bedroom septic Certificate on hand. Mostly wooded with fantastic views to the east! Great opportunity to own in a prime location! $299,999

reNtaL ~ the Plains Rare opportunity to live on a working farm located between Middleburg and The Plains. Small, rustic cottage for rent in a wooded area. Living room with wood burning stove, Kitchen, two bedrooms, one bath, hardwood floors, covered working porch, standing seam metal roof. Very quiet and private. Perfect Hunt Box or weekend retreat. Utilities not included, one year minimum. $1,300/month

barrington Hall (540) 454-6601

rein duPont (540) 454-3355

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THOMAS AND TALBOT REAL ESTATE a StaUNCH adVoCate of LaNd eaSeMeNtS LaNd aNd eState ageNtS SiNCe 1967 Middleburg, Virginia 20118

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Barrington Hall

Celebrating his 54th year in Real Estate.

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Middleburg Life December 2016