“Lucky 7” Charity Gala Celebrating Seven Years of Serving Individuals with Special Needs

November 19, 2018 | Courtesy of Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center

Therapeutic Riding and Education Center’s “Lucky 7” Charity Gala and Gaming benefit kicked off the celebration of their “lucky” seventh year of serving individuals with special needs with fun, food, drinks, and a little “gambling”.

The gala was held in the organizations’ barn, complete with twinkling string lights, professional gaming tables with dealers and a farm to table dinner, courtesy of Fields of Athenry Farm and RSVP Catering.A cocktail hour eased guests into the night, featuring beer from Solace Brewing Company and wines by Slater Run Vineyards, both of whom partnered with Sprout on this special anniversary event. A “Big Board”, a fresh take on a silent auction, entertained guests by featuring items to anonymously bid upon. This “interactive” auction added to the excitement and theme of the night as guests could take their pick from any auction item listed on The Big Board, ranging from designer silk scarves, spa treatments, personal chef dinners, weekend getaways and more.Executive Director, Brooke Waldron, delivered an inspiring speech about the importance of serving others through the power of horses. With not a dry eye in the house, Sprout students arrived in the arena, accompanied by their trust four-legged friends and Sprout instructors for the “Sponsor a Horse” portion of the evening. With warmth and love in their hearts, guests generously bid to sponsor a therapy horse for an entire room – resulting in ALL seventeen of the horses being sponsored!With the generous support of the event sponsors of Sue Fitzgerald and Associates, Newstead Farm, Alison Robitaille and Family, TriSept Corporation Northwest Credit Union and many others, the “Lucky 7” gala was a huge success.Event Chair, Kristin Quinn, and her committee worked to make the gala a night to remember, and their efforts did not go unnoticed, as Founder and Executive Director Brooke Waldron revealed following the charity gala that support from all those who attended raised over $300,000. Save the date for next year as it’s sure to be a “don’t want to miss event!”



Middleburg Music Fest International Piano Recital on Dec. 2 at Greenhill Winery

Celebrate the timeless music of Brahms, Schubert, Grieg, Dvorak, Liszt, Mussorgsky and American composer Samuel Barber on Dec. 2 at Greenhill Winery and Vineyards.

Kick off the holiday season and support the Middleburg Music Fest International, a non-profit organization. Local artist Miguel Diaz’s passion for the piano moved him to conceive the annual music festival and to explore inviting globally acclaimed masters and rising stars of the keyboard to visit and perform. This event includes a post-concert reception – included in the ticket price – where the attendees can meet the artists and enjoy wine with lite bites. Greenhill Winery and Vineyards is located at 23595 Winery Lane, Middleburg, Virginia.

The Middleburg Music Fest International once again delivers the excitement of the virtuosic piano
world. On December 2nd at 4 p.m., pianists Katerina Zaitseva and Nikita Fitenko will be performing
their favorite piano compositions at the Greenhill Winery Barrel Room. The program will take the
audience through selected compositions by Schubert, Chopin, Grieg, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and

Internationally acclaimed pianist and Yamaha Artist Nikita Fitenko has performed recitals and
with orchestras at important venues throughout Europe, Asia, South and North America. He holds
degrees from the Saint Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (BM) and from the University
of North Texas (MM & DMA). He has also recorded seven commercial CDs for Altarus and Classical
Records labels. Dr. Fitenko has been invited to serve on numerous international piano competition juries. He currently holds the position of Chair of The Department of Music Performance at the Rome School of Music, Drama and, Art and at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; and he is also the Artistic Director and Co-founder of the Middleburg Music Fest International.

Praised by Fanfare magazine as a pianist with an “imaginative and colorful approach”, Katerina Zaitseva has performed at major venues in the United States, Europe and Asia. Her six CD recordings released by the Classical Records label have garnered international acclaim. She is a winner of national competitions and awards including the MTNA Competition, SMU Concerto Competition, Von Mickwitz Prize in Piano as well as the University of North Texas Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award among others. Dr. Zaitseva holds her DMA degree from the University of Maryland, Master of Music from the Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of
Music from the University of North Texas, and Diploma from the Music School under the Moscow State Conservatory in Russia. She is also faculty and the Levine School of Music.

Individual tickets are $75 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.com. Attendees may also pay by cash or check at the door. Space is limited. For logistical purposes, Middleburg Music Fest International prefers advanced purchases through Eventbrite.com. This event is taking place thanks to the generous contribution of the Town of Middleburg, as well as the co-sponsoring participation of Greenhill Winery and Vineyards and Jordan Kitt’s Music.

Follow the Middleburg Music Fest International on Facebook and/or visit the website middlegburgmfi.org.

Dressing Up for a Cause

The Black Horse Inn in Warrenton turned into a Roaring 20s speakeasy for a night.

Mary Page and other beautifully coiffed volunteers helped check in the guests as they arrived for the RideFauquier Roaring 20s Gala at Black Horse Inn on Aug. 25.

Mary Page and other beautifully coiffed volunteers helped check in the guests as they arrived for the RideFauquier Roaring 20s Gala at Black Horse Inn on Aug. 25.

Peter Pavone, the Las Vegas 2014 Male Tribute Artist of the Year, wooed guests at the RideFauquier Roaring 20s Gala and Auction on Aug. 25. Straight from Las Vegas, Pavone acted as emcee and guest auctioneer for the night.

Linda Malmgren understood that having fun with fashion was the name of the game at the Roaring 20s Gala. Raising money for a great sport was the goal.

Linda Malmgren understood that having fun with fashion was the name of the game at the Roaring 20s Gala. Raising money for a great sport was the goal.

“The party exceeded our expectations,” said Jinx Fox who is the vice president of the group. The men came out dressed in black and the women came in sequins and pearls. “Our effort has been a decade in the making, working with Fauquier County to identify an appropriate parcel, obtaining funds and engineering designs for the ring and access/parking,” Fox said.

Gina Colto could have walked the runway in her beautiful gown.

Gina Colto could have walked the runway in her beautiful gown.

Last fall RideFauquier opened several miles of public horse and hiking trails on the Fauquier County Meetze Station parcel. The group of dedicated volunteers are currently fundraising for the trailhead access, parking and, then, a public ring.

Jean Roberts, Lynn Pirozzoli and Peter Pavone of the Black Horse Inn, Marion Maggiolo joined in the fun. Pavone entertained, acted as emcee and auctioned off items and still found time time to talk to these lovely ladies.

Jean Roberts, Lynn Pirozzoli and Peter Pavone of the Black Horse Inn, Marion Maggiolo joined in the fun. Pavone entertained, acted as emcee and auctioned off items and still found time time to talk to these lovely ladies.

Most adjacent counties have public equestrian facilities, including Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William. RideFauquier members are working hard to make sure riders there can enjoy the same amenities. Funds are urgently needed to complete trailer parking area for trails access and a future arena.

The trio of Katie Fletcher, Natalie Ortberg, Anita Jaramillo represented three generations on their family tree.

The trio of Katie Fletcher, Natalie Ortberg, Anita Jaramillo represented three generations on their family tree.

RideFauquier (formerly Fauquier Equestrian Forum) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 member organization dedicated to protecting and expanding Fauquier’s equestrian resources.

Board meetings are the third Monday of every month at 6.30 p.m. in the Bistro on the Hill at Fauquier Hospital.


This article first appeared in the September 2018 Issue. 

Middleburg’s Town-Wide Arts Celebration

The Middleburg Arts Council and the Town of Middleburg will host the fall installment of its biannual arts celebration, Art in the Burg, on Sept. 22.

Artwork from more than 20 local and regional artists of different styles, forms and subject matter will be on display on Madison Street, next to King Street Oyster Bar, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Celebrating Middleburg as an arts destination, Art in the Burg, will also feature live music from local artist, Bess Putnam, the Blue Mountain Songbird. During this celebration of the arts, visitors can connect with artists and discuss the creative process. Art-lovers also get a rare opportunity to purchase original works of art without gallery fees.

“Art in the Burg gives visitors a unique opportunity to meet a variety of local artists in one place,” said Middleburg Arts Council Chair Deb Cadenas. “The town of Middleburg provides a picturesque setting for this wonderful event.”
The Middleburg Arts Council is currently raising funds for a planned 6-foot bronze fox statue. A life-sized replica of the statue will be on display during the event. A raffle will be held during Art in the Burg to help with the project. The raffle prize, a gift basket filled with a variety of items, will include a certificate for a commissioned pet portrait.

Visit the Middleburg Arts Council hospitality tent to enter the raffle. For additional information about Art in the Burg, contact the Middleburg Town Office at 540-687-5152.


This article first appeared in the September 2018 Issue.

2018 Middleburg Annual Arts Celebration 

2018 Middleburg Annual Arts Celebration

Featuring over 20 Local and Regional Artists offering their artwork for purchase, and live music from Blue Mountain Songbird.

Happening Sept. 22, 2018 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Madison Street, Middleburg Virginia


Sponsored by the Town of Middleburg and the Middleburg Arts Council

64th Virginia Fall Races

Celebrating 64 Years of Racing 

The Theadora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship

Experience the annual fall tradition in the lovely Middleburg hunt country at The Virginia Fall Races, where your only interruption to a relaxing day will be the cheer of 10,000 excited fans and the storming of thundering hooves! Come sense the history while watching steeplechase action at the oldest continuous race course in the state of Virginia. Glenwood Park and the rolling race course on its grounds, sits amongst the lush hunt country one mile off of Route 50 in Middleburg. Event features a petting zoo, pony rides, vendors, and food trucks.

Take part in The National Steeplechase Association’s 123rd year and 64th running of the the Virginia Fall Races on Saturday, Oct. 13 happening at Glenwood park, Middleburg Va.

The day starts at 9:00 A.M. with the Finals of the Theodora A. Randolph Field Hunter Championship. The flag drops for the first race of the afternoon at 1:00 P.M. with an afternoon of first class timber and hurdle racing.

Reserved parking and boxes available

General Admission $50 per car

For the benefit of INova Loudoun Hospital Foundation

For more information visit www.vafallraces.com
Contact virginiafallraces@gmail.com or (540) 687-9797


The Artists in Middleburg invites you to the 2018 Fall Benefit

The Artists in Middleburg (AiM) invites you to its Fall Fundraiser

 Enjoy a tapas buffet, bubbly to sip, art to purchase, and raffles galore!

When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 from 3-6 PM

Where: Wendy Lind Andrew’s, Fox Meadow Farm, 22330, Sam Fred Road, Middleburg, VA, 20117

Attire: Business Casual

Ticket Cost: $75 per person

Tickets available through ticketleap.com, by phone (540) 687-6600, or via mail. Visit our website, theartistsinmiddleburg.org for more information.

RSVP: with ticket purchase by Friday, September 7

PBR’s Elite Tour Bucks into Fairfax for First Time in League History

For the first time in league history, Professional Bull Riders elite tour, featuring the Top 35 bull riders in the world and rankest bucking bulls in the nation, will invade Fairfax, Virginia. The U.S. Border Patrol Invitational will bd bucking into the EagleBank Arena for two days of edge-of-your-seat action on Sept. 22-23, 2018.

The bull riding action begins with Round 1 at 6:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 22, concluding with Round 2 and the Championship Round at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 23. All 35 bull riders will get on one bull each in Round 1 and 2. Following Round 2on Sunday afternoon, the riders’ individual two-round scores will be totaled with the Top 15 advancing to the Championship Round for one more out and a chance at the $30,000 event title.

The riders will be led by reigning PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood, the youngest rider in history to be crowned the planet’s best bull rider at 20. The roster of cowboys is also anticipated to include four additional World Champions, Cooper Davis, J.B. Mauney, Silvano Alves and Guilherme Marchi. Fan favorites Derek Kolbaba and Ryan Dirteater will also make the journey to the Old Dominion State, alongside reigning Rookie of the Year Jose Vitor Leme and current rookie standings leader Keyshawn Whitehorse.

Thus far in 2018, fans have watched another fierce race for the world title and million dollar bonus playing out during the tour’s action-packed first half. All expected to ride in Fairfax, the Top 3 riders in the world standings, Kaique Pacheco, Claudio Montanha Jr., Ramon de Lima, are separated by fewer than 400 points, the number the winner of the U.S. Border Patrol Invitational will take home.

Tickets for the two-day event are on sale now and start at $25. They can be purchased at the EagleBank Arena Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.  

The PBR Elite Seats are for avid bull riding fans who want a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s premier bull riding circuit. These tickets offer premium seats and the VIP experience of a lifetime, including early entry; a catered reception; 60-minute backstage tour by a PBR Host, featuring a PBR 101 presentation and a visit with the sport’s fiercest bulls; and the opportunity for photos and autographs from top PBR stars. After the event, PBR Elite Seat holders also will be given premium dirt access, where they can get their complimentary 8 Seconds PBR program, Elite Seat lanyard and other memorabilia autographed by the Top 35 bull riders in the world.

The PBR Elite Seats are available for $400 and can be purchased by contacting the PBR Customer Service Department at 800-732-1727. 

Ida Powell Dulany

Women at War: The Fauquier County Homefront to be offered Sept. 23

Women at War: The Fauquier County Homefront to be offered Sept. 23 with a tour to follow of Avenel

Ida Powell Dulany

Ida Powell Dulany

The Mosby Heritage Area Association is pleased to announce their “Women at War: The Fauquier County Homefront” program on September 23rd from 2:00-5:00pm beginning at the Afro-American Historical Association, 4243 Loudoun Avenue, The Plains, VA 20198. The program will conclude with a tour of nearby Avenel, home to the Beverly family during the Civil War.

For four long years Fauquier County lay in the path of vast armies as they moved through northern Virginia. For the civilians on the home front every day existence could be a challenge as they faced shortages of all kinds, as well as the ever-present threat of theft and property destruction.  The upheaval of war, however, also brought with it the prospect of freedom for the enslaved community. By 1865 Fauquier County had been stripped bare and the social order upended.

Join MHAA as we welcome historians Alison Herring and Madeleine Ramsey to take a detailed look at Fauquier County during the Civil War. Learn how the war affected civilians at all levels through the writings of those who lived through this tumultuous time.  Ms Herring is researching the Powell family letters as well as the enslaved family of the Powell family. Dr. Ramsey recently completed her dissertation at the University of Arkansas on Fauquier County during the Civil War. For more information please go to the Association’s web site at: www.mosbyheritagearea.org or call 540-687-5578.

Tickets are $30 for MHAA members and $40 for nonmembers. A tour of historic Avenel in The Plains will conclude the day, the home of the Beverley family during the war. Built c. 1842, it played host to prominent officers during the war, including Robert E. Lee.  

Gala Dinner view from the balcony.

Creighton Farms Invitational

Photos courtesy of Creighton Farms

The Seventh Annual Creighton Farms Invitational, held on June 23-25, hosted by Jack Nicklaus raised a record $1.43 million for children’s health charities.

Beneficiaries of the 2018 Creighton Farms Invitational were the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and The National PKU Alliance, two organizations providing support to children’s health care and rare disease initiatives.

The three-day event was larger and featured more interactive events than in previous years, with the addition of a Welcome Par-Tee and Concert at Fox Chase Farm, featuring Adriel Genet, headliner Edwin
McCain, and DJ No Requests (Roger Clemens) on Saturday evening, June 23.

The following night, Golf Channel’s Charlie Rymer hosted the annual gala dinner and auction for nearly 350 attendees at Fox Chase Farm where over $500,000 was raised. Additionally, Jack Nicklaus entertained the crowd during a fireside chat.

The 2018 Creighton Farms Invitational had many wonderful partners and sponsors including: Ron & Teresa Fishbeck; Mosaic Home Interiors; Buhl Electric Company; Savvee Consulting, Inc.; KPMG; Terathink; John & Gretchen Zeltner; and the Michaux Family Foundation.

About The Creighton Farms Invitational

Started in 2012, the Creighton Farms Invitational hosted by Jack Nicklaus, is a charity event whose mission is to help children gain access to world-class health care. The event is one of a handful of elite tournaments hosted by Jack and Barbara Nicklaus to benefit the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. Over the past seven years it has raised millions of dollars for the Foundation and other local Washington D.C.-area children’s healthcare charities. ML