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Morven Park Welcomes Two New Trustees
LEESBURG, VA -- The Board of Trustees of the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation has voted in two new trustees: Nina Fout, an esteemed Olympic equestrian, and Sonny Swann, a successful business owner and descendant of the Swann family who owned Morven Park for 100 years.
Morven Park is Loudoun County’s “Central Park,” and is a 1,000-acre historic estate in Leesburg, Virginia. Each year, the Park welcomes 200,000 visitors who come to enjoy exquisite scenery, formal boxwood gardens, the Morven Park International Equestrian Center, sports fields, the iconic Greek revival mansion, museums and hiking trails. The Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit organization that oversees the programs and activities at Morven Park.
Nina Fout, of Middleburg, Va., is a landscape designer, horse trainer, steeplechase rider, and one of the United States’ top eventers. She was a member of the U.S. Olympic Equestrian team, and won the team bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. She is currently involved in equestrian cross-country course design, working alongside world-renowned course designer Michael Etherington-Smith.
“Nina’s commitment to promoting equestrian sports and preserving open space makes her an invaluable addition to the board, especially considering Morven Park’s International Equestrian Center renovation and expansion,” said Clark Davis, president of Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
Sonny Swann, of Leesburg, Va., is vice president of Climatic Heating and Cooling. He is descended from the Swann family, who first purchased and built on Morven Park’s land in the late 18th century and owned it for 100 years. Swann, who graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in mechanical engineering, was named one of D.C.’s Finest Young Professionals by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and in 2014 he received a “Top 40 under 40” distinction by Leesburg Today. Under his management, Climatic has been named “Best of Loudoun” for the past three years in a row.
“His unique connection to Morven Park’s history and Sonny’s deep involvement in the community are tremendous assets,” said Davis. “He brings to the board a unique perspective during an exciting era of engagement for Morven Park.”
Morven Park was once the home of Thomas Swann, Jr., governor of Maryland during the Civil War as well as the home of Westmoreland Davis, governor of Virginia during WWI. Morven Park is a nonprofit that relies on donations to fund its work in historic preservation; a world-renown equestrian center; youth sports and athletics; and a unique civics education program that partners with Loudoun County Public Schools. To learn more or to donate to Morven Park, visit www.MorvenPark.org.