Susan W. Ashcom
An Associate Broker, and a native of Charlottesville, VA. A lifelong foxhunter starting at age 9 with Charlottesville’s Farmington Hunt. Whipper-In for 33 years to 4 different packs of hounds. Today she & her husband Bob are members of 3 hunts: Farmington, Keswick & Warrenton. Graduated from The Mary A. Burnham School in Northampton, MA.; 2 yrs. at Sweet Briar College and then graduated from The U. of Missouri with a BA in English. Licensed in 1973; Brokers license in 1975 & owned a small boutique real estate firm in Charlottesville specializing in horse farms; in 1981 was Broker In Charge of a RE/MAX office in Tryon, NC. as one of five women who started it . Her horse & cattle farm in Culpeper Co. is in easement with The Virginia Outdoors Foundation. She is a graduate of The Realtor’s Institute & member of the National Assoc. of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, the Greater Piedmont Assoc. of Realtors and the Metropolitan Regional Information System.
A native of Upperville, Virginia. Attended The Hill School and Foxcroft School here in Middleburg. Graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Rhetoric and Communications. Grew up on a cattle farm in Western Loudoun County within a horse oriented family. Late father, Erskine L. Bedford, was 23 years Master of the Piedmont Fox Hounds. Current member of the many equine related associations to include; the Virginia Fall Steeplechase Race Board, the Virginia Steeplechase Association (VSA), the National Steeplechase Association (NSA), and the Masters of Fox Hounds Association (MFHA). Current member of the Piedmont Hunt Fox Hounds. Local involvement in conservation organizations such as the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), the Goose Creek Association, the Route 50 Corridor Coalition and Loudoun County’s Beaverdam Creek Historic Roadways District. Current Varsity Field Hockey coach at The Hill School. Member of the Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors (GPAAR), the National Association of Realtors (NAR), and the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS).
Is one of the top 3 leading sale persons, with annual sales over $5 Million within Thomas & Talbot Real Estate, for 10 of the past 14 years
Catherine A. Bernache
A native of upstate New York she also spent time growing up in Ottawa, Canada where she first began riding at the age of 5. She moved with her family to Virginia in 1971 and then settled in Middleburg in 1976 to continue working with Thoroughbreds for many of the local trainers. An active real estate agent since 1986 and affiliated with Thomas and Talbot since 1993, she is a fifteen consecutive year award winner and member of the Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS)
A third-generation Virginia horseman and realtor serving the Virginia Piedmont area and head trainer at Orange Hill Farm in Middleburg, VA. In the '70's he rode in England and Europe moving back to Virginia in the '80's to continue showing, racing and foxhunting on both the East and West Coast. He is or has been on the Boards of Middleburg & Warrenton Horse Shows and the Virginia Horse Center.
A native of Charlottesville, Virginia. Involved with horses and horse operations for the past forty five (45) years. Has managed large farms and been a leading Real Estate agent in the area for over thirty five (35) years. Attended Virginia Polytechnical Institute. Has served on the boards of the Piedmont Environmental Council and the National Sporting Library. Member of the Greater Piedmont Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS). John is a joint Master of the Orange County Hunt
Rein T. duPont
A native of Belgium, Rein attended The Classic Humanities at the Cathedral School of St.Bavo in Ghent. She is a graduate of the Lycee Royal de Laeken, in Brussels, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She is multilingual. Rein spent 20 years as a Foreign Service spouse and has three children. She was a faculty member, teaching intermediate French, at Ohio University (Athens) and at the Foreign Service Institute (total immersion French) in Washington, D.C. After moving to the Middleburg area, in 1984, she became a wine broker for Virginia wineries. In 1993, Rein obtained her Realtor’s License. She has been an active real estate agent (REALTOR®) since and has won numerous awards. She is a past Member of the Dante Alighieri Society, the Goethe Institute, the Alliance Francaise, the Save Venice Committee and the Washington Sommelier Society. She is a member of the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), the Goose Creek Association, the United States Tennis association (USTA), the Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors (GPAAR), Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR), National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS). She has obtained the Accredited Buyer Representative Designation (ABR®) and the E-PRO® Designation from the National Association of Realtors. Rein received the lifetime membership award in the million dollar sales club of the GPAAR for winning achievement awards for ten consecutive years. Rein’s favourite charities are: The Christian Children’s Fund (now called Child’s Fund), UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and The PEC. Please visit her web site: www.reindupont.com
Cary H. Embury
A graduate of Powhatan School in Boyce, National Cathedral School, and UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in English, Cary has spent most of her life in the Piedmont of Virginia as a professional horsewoman, and, as of 2009, selling real estate. She is a Clarke County native with deep roots, and a firm commitment to land preservation to the extent of putting her own farm in easement. As a real estate agent she covers Clarke and all adjacent counties, and is happy to work diligently for any client no matter how large or small their real estate needs. She is a former Sr. Warden (twice) at Christ Church, Millwood, chairs the membership committee at the Millwood Country Club, and is on the board at Historic Long Branch. She is a member of the Piedmont Environmental Assn., Greater Piedmont Area Assn. of Realtors, Virginia Assn. of Realtors, National Assn. of Realtors, and Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS).
Born and raised in the Piedmont Area of Virginia. I attended school at the Lycee of France in Bordeaux. After completion of school I then ran the family restaurant business in Costa Blanca, Spain for 3 years. Upon returning to Virginia in 2009, I opened Julien's Cafe in Middleburg, VA. I am a member of the Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors, The National Association of Realtors and Metropolitan Regional Information System. I am also a member of United States Polo Association and sponsor a local soccer team. I am fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Anne V. Marstiller
Anne knows the Middleburg and the surrounding communities well, having lived here for over 25 years. Whether horse farms or homes, Anne can help. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Anne joined the corporate world working in marketing and sales for companies such as Procter & Gamble, MCI Communications as well as numerous tech start-ups. Horses and foxhunting lured Anne to Middleburg and now she actively competes in 3 Day Eventing. Anne shares her corporate experience with many organizations in the community. Anne is currently serving her third three-year term on the Vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church as Junior Warden. Anne chairs a 65-year Middleburg tradition, the annual The Christmas Shop in Middleburg and has served on the Board of The Goose Creek Association and Buchannan Hall of Upperville. She is an avid tennis player at the Middleburg Tennis Club. Professional memberships include National Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, Greater Piedmont Association of Realtors, Piedmont Environmental Council, the United States Eventing Association and The Sporting Library and others.
New England native. Bachelor’s Degree from George Mason University in Communications. While at GMU captained the “Patriots” varsity football team. Volunteers as coach for the Waterford girls basketball team. Enjoys playing polo with his family’s Irish Mist Polo Team. Working with his mother, Mary Ann McGowan for the past four (4) years. Member of Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS)
James E. McGowan
New England native. Graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s Degree in business. Played varsity football and hockey at Villanova and later worked at Trammell Crow as a Vice President for seven (7) years. Enjoys playing polo with his family’s Irish Mist Polo Team. Joined Thomas and Talbot Real Estate in 2007 to work with his Mother and Brother. Member of Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS)
Mary Ann McGowan
Mary Ann McGowan is a New England native and has been a real estate professional for over twenty five years. She graduated cum laude from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science Degree and is currently the Sales Director at the real estate firm of Thomas and Talbot in Middleburg, Virginia. She is a Member of the Greater Piedmont Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS). She currently serves on the Board of the Community Music School of the Piedmont and is a member of the Middleburg Tennis Club. In the past she has served on the board of the Long Lake Hounds in Minnesota, been a member of the Myopia Hunt Club in Boston and the American Association of University Women.
Mary Ann joined the firm of Thomas & Talbot Real Estate in 1998. Since 2001 she has been one of the top five agents in the Greater Piedmont Association of Realtors which consists of over 740 members. For six years she has been one of the top two agents in the Association.
She resides with her husband on their Irish Mist Farm in Bluemont, where her family enjoys their favourite sport of polo.
In 2007, Mary Ann sold the highest priced property ever listed in “Hunt Country”, historic Llangollen , for $22 Million dollars.
Rebecca Jarrett Poston
Grew up on a farm at Tysons Corner, Virginia when Tysons was farmland. She graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Business Administration in 1974. In 1977 became licensed in Real Estate Sales in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland, earning her Real Estate Brokers’ License in 1987. In 1992 she went on inactive status after having a daughter and wanting to be home with her. She has built and restored homes. Her husband’s company, Old Meadow, LLC specializes in the restoration and remodeling of homes.
Rebecca reactivated her Real Estate Sales License in 2009. One passion is raising awareness to environmental issues. She is a member of Piedmont Environmental Council, Goose Creek Association, Virginia League of Conservation Voters and is co-chair of Go Green Middleburg. She is also a member of Middleburg Business and Professional Association, Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS)
Emily P. Ristau
Was born and raised on a farm in California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1983. She was an associate with the law firm, Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher and maintains her active California law license. Upon visiting the Virginia countryside for the annual Hunt Country Stable Tour, this lifelong equestrian knew this was the place to raise her family and more actively pursue her passion for fox hunting and cross country riding. Emily and her family relocated to Virginia in 2000 and live in The Plains on land they protected with a conservation easement with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. Emily is a member of the Orange County Hunt, the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Goose Creek Association, the Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS). Emily has received both the Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors Gold and Silver Annual Production Awards
Patricia D. Thomas
The principal broker has more than 25 years experience as a practicing real estate attorney with a specialty in real property issues and transactions, including sales and transfers, leasing and property management, transactional work and title issues. Mrs. Thomas is a licensed title insurance agent and a member of the following organizations: Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors, Dulles Area Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS), American Bar Association, Virginia State Bar, Virginia State Bar Association-Real Property Section, District of Columbia Bar and District of Columbia Bar Association
Phillip S. Thomas
Owner of Thomas and Talbot Real Estate, a brokerage firm located at the southwest corner of Madison and Washington Streets in Middleburg, Virginia. A land owner in Loudoun County since 1962. Currently a resident of the village of Middleburg, Virginia and also own a 2,400 acre farm in Fauquier County. The building is owned by Phillip S. Thomas and the company specializes in the brokerage of high-end, rural estates and agricultural properties in Loudoun County and adjacent counties of Fauquier, Clarke, Rappahannock and Warren. Holds a Virginia real estate salesperson's license and is a member of the following organizations: Greater Piedmont Area Association of Realtors, Virginia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS). The year this firm joined the Northern Virginia Realtors Association, that year I was named Top Residential Producer of the Year by the then Loudoun Association of Realtors, and have received various awards every year since then to date. Have been an active participant in the surrounding counties real estate market for over 35 years.
I am the fifth generation of my family to reside in Loudoun County and have long been active in the civic, business and social affairs of southwest Loudoun County. Have served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Middleburg Community Center, a privately maintained public meeting and recreational facility serving the Middleburg area. Past co-chairman of the Middleburg Spring Races, sanctioned by the National Hunt and Steeplechase Association of America; the races are held for the benefit of Loudoun County Memorial Hospital. Have served as a member of the Board of Directors of Grafton School for handicapped children in adjacent Clarke County. A board member of the Goose Creek Association, a watch committee for environmental issues affecting our area, the Middleburg Business and Professional Association and the Washington Dulles Task Force, an organization of business and community leaders dedicated to accommodating the economic and residential expansion centering on Washington Dulles International Airport. A former member of the Dulles South Advisory Committee, a former member of the Clarke County Mountain Land Committee and currently a Director of the Long Branch Foundation and a founding member of the Great Meadows Association
Ronda joined Thomas & Talbot Real Estate in June 2003 as Office Manager and Personal Assistant to Phillip S. Thomas. Her professionalism and pleasant personality are a tremendous asset to the firm. Ronda proudly served over Eleven years in the U.S. Army. Some of the many core values that she gained while serving are loyalty, respect and integrity. Ronda works closely with all the agents in the company and is responsible for a wide array of diverse duties and responsibilities to ensure the office runs smoothly and efficiently
Mary grew up in Elmhurst IL, a suburb of Chicago. She is a creative professional with over 20 years experience and who thrives on collaboration with all types of people. Mary has a strong print background using Mac platform applications to create ads, brochures, catalogs and other collateral like banners, posters and displays. She embraces each challenge as an opportunity for creativity and professional growth.
Mary enjoys travel and a variety of interests including Art History, Vintage Motorcycles and Carriage Driving - which she pursues as a hobby. Her journey with horses began in college with a chestnut Quarter Horse and an influential group of diverse horse women. Later Mary worked on Michigan Ave as carriage driver for 11 years and fell in love with driving. Which led her to Bavaria Germany, where she spent a summer grooming for Andreas Nemitz. Mary loves to introduce new people to carriage driving by inviting them onto the box seat for a drive with BB, her sweet Percheron Standardbred cross.