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Bob Ashcom ~ Susie Ashcom

Raised in Albemarle county Virginia just west of Charlottesville, Bob went north to college and graduated from Brown University with a Bachelorís degree in American Lit. After he and Susie were married, he taught at a prep school in Kansas City and whipped in to the Mission Valley Hunt. Four years later he and Susie, now with two children, moved to Providence RI where he received a Masters degree from Brown. While in New England the Ashcoms started a fox hunt called the Bradbury Foxhounds. Susie was the local DC for the pony club.

Returning home to Albemarle County, Bob started a bloodstock agency (horse insurance, pedigree research, and bloodstock brokerage) and Susie began her real estate career. They also operated a stud farm, which stood three Thoroughbred stallions. During this time, Bob was for three years field master for the Farmington Hunt and Susie Whipped-In to Huntsman Jack Eicher.

The lure of being a huntsman drew Bob to North Carolina and the Tryon Hounds. Bob was huntsman there for eleven years. For nine years he was also Joint Master. Susie was his first whipper-in. 

Home beckoned and the Ashcoms returned home to Virginia where they bought a farm between Culpeper and Warrenton. Susie pursued real estate and Bob became an English Professor at the community college in Warrenton. Bob has been a writer all his life and in 1999 a book of his hunting stories and poems was published by the Derrydale Press. Two years later Algonquin Books published a novel-in-stories called Winter Run which won the new writing award for fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. 

Retired from full time teaching and no stranger to the world of country real estate (he was previously licensed in VA and his mother Mary Ashcom was a real estate broker in Albemarle County for more than forty years) Bob now assists Susie in her business by researching and selecting appropriate new listings to send to a list of more than 140 clients and potential clients.
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