Writer and photographer Vicky Moon has chronicled the lives of the rich, the not so rich, the famous, and the not-so-famous for more than twenty years. She has written about lavish parties, hunt balls, steeplechase races for People, The Washington Post, Town and Country, and Millionaire and magazines. She has chronicled homes and gardens for Verandaand Southern Accents, has served as a contributing editor for House and Garden and writes a monthly column for Washington Life. Ms. Moon is the author of many titles including The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Portrait of a Rider and Equestrian Style: Home Design, Couture, And Collections from the Eclectic to the Elegant, The Middleburg Mystique, The Official Middleburg Life Cookbook, Best-dressed Southern Salads and A Sunday Horse. Vicky divides her time between the nautical capital of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, known as the “Venice of America” and the village of Middleburg, Virginia, “horse heaven” with wide-open fields. The town became widely know in the early 1960’s when the Kennedy’s made it their weekend retreat. Jackie loved it there; it offered her a place to get away from the glare along with the opportunity to ride her horses, which she loved. Vicky, too has been a rider all her life. Vicky was able to chat with Jackie, on several occasions, and her photo appears on the cover of her book, The Middleburg Mystique: A Peek Inside the Gates of Middleburg, Virginia. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 9th–
Just in time for Christmas.
A virtual talk and slide show from the book with the
Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County
in The Plains at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 12th–
Ho, Ho, Ho.
A signing in Middleburg.
Come and see me at
Second Chapter Books
from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
13 East Washington Street, Middleburg, VA 20118
Sunday, February 7th – In Celebration of Black History Month with author Vicky Moon and her new book about Sylvia Rideoutt Bishop at Historic Long Branch in Millwood, VA.
830 Long Branch Lane
Millwood, VA 22646
Sylvia Rideoutt Bishop
Had A Way With Horses
A Pioneering African American Woman’s Career Training Race Horses
by Vicky Moon
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Sylvia Rideoutt Bishop (Oct. 5, 1920-Dec. 27, 2004) was one of seventeen children born to a West Virginia family whose ancestors were enslaved. Sent to live with a nearby childless couple as a toddler, she was indulged with fancy dresses and one mesmerizing pony ride that changed her life. Her love of horses took her to the Charles Town racetrack at age fourteen to work as a groom, hot walker and then trainer, all the time fighting sexism and racial bigotry against a backdrop of the swirling Civil Rights movement. She prevailed to break barriers, shatter stereotypes and celebrate countless transforming victories in the winner’s circle with many wealthy clients. As a single mother after two failed marriages, financial reality forced her to take on extra work in the shipping department at a nearby Doubleday publishing factory. Never wavering in her passion, she returned to the track to train horses at age eighty. And finally, with little fanfare, she was honored for her pioneering accomplishments as the first black woman licensed to train racehorses in the United States. This never-before-told story will bring to life Sylvia’s love of horses and demonstrate her resolve and grit in confronting a litany of obstacles.
A Tale of Ambition, Politics and Passion Inspired by Actual Events
by Vicky Moon
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In the powerful, intoxicating atmosphere of Washington, D.C., Isabelle Benton Stoker, a stylish interior designer in Georgetown, falls in love with Johnathan Dent, a prominent and very married attorney. They spend blissful times at out-of-the-way cafes, lunch-hour getaways and the iconic art museums of the Nation’s Capital. After all, who would suspect the hard-working lawyer from the horse country of Middleburg, Virginia would take such a chance? “EQUAL Parts” is set in Richmond, Charlottesville and Middleburg, against a vivid backdrop of fast horses and colorful characters. With a fusion of money and mayhem, the book weaves in rampaging foxhounds, wild women and several riveting plot twists. When Johnathan Dent finds himself a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, he agonizes over an affair that could destroy his political ambitions, and perhaps even his career. Gennifer Flowers, Fanne Foxe and Donna Rice became famous for doing just that. Could Isabelle Stoker do the same? “EQUAL Parts” explores this classic tale of love and betrayal inspired by all too familiar events. It’s a story that has captivated historians since Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, Dwight Eisenhower and Kay Summersby, John Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe and Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, among many others . . . Does it always have to end badly?