Cynthia Leigh Hoovler Hair, 65, of Warrenton, died September 12, 2020, in Fairfax.
Born January 28, 1955, in Newport News, Cyndy was the oldest daughter of Charles Thomas Hoovler and Wilma Jean Avery Hoovler of The Plains.
In addition to her mother, Cyndy is survived by her husband of 30 years, William Harding Hair Jr.; her two sisters, Karen H. (Michael) Crane of Middleburg, and Shelley H. (George) Payne of Keswick; her two daughters, Avery Shepherd (Collins) Hughes of Amissville, and Lauren Alicia Hair (fiancé Alex Chakalos) of Culpeper, and three grandchildren, William Collins Hughes Jr., Bryan Shepherd Hughes and Charles Scott Hughes of Amissville. Her father, “Chuck,” predeceased her in 2011.
Cyndy attended Highland School in Warrenton and Notre Dame Academy near Middleburg. She loved participating in team sports, such as field hockey; she also enjoyed tennis and stick ball. After high school graduation, she matriculated at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she walked on the school’s field hockey team. Cyndy reveled in the city’s lively music and arts scene.
Cyndy, having been introduced to riding in the mid-1960s with Mrs. Kathleen Sanders of New Baltimore, enjoyed and excelled at many equestrian sports, including showing and fox hunting. As a young girl she rode with Winnie Howland and son, Billy, of Land-Ho Farm, and for Horse Show Hall of Fame members J. Arthur Reynolds at Fenton Farm, and Delmar Twyman of Orange. As a teenager, she successfully participated in the Middleburg Orange County Pony Club on the national level. Cyndy was chosen to be a member of the second Junior Equestrian Exchange Program between the U.S. and The Netherlands, sponsored by the international People to People Sports Committee. She made many lifetime friends in Holland, most notably Harro Goudsmidt — more a brother than friend.
After Cyndy left school, she became employed as executive legal assistant at the law firm of Martin, Walker, Jones, Lawrence and Lynn in Warrenton, then worked as special events coordinator at Airlie Foundation in Warrenton. After serving as staff to several boards for Fauquier County, Cyndy’s field of work turned in the direction of her lifelong passion, the equestrian world. Following stints at the Culpeper Farmers’ Cooperative and Tri-County Feeds, where she specialized in equine nutrition, Cyndy found her home as executive secretary for the Museum of Hounds & Hunting North America at Morven Park in Leesburg.
Cyndy was generous with her time. She volunteered for many years for the Warrenton Pony Show, where she served as past president of the Junior Committee and, later, on its board of directors. She was a long-time supporter of the Warrenton Horse Show and was a member of the “Lunch Bunch.” For years, Cyndy was a member of the Virginia Gold Cup Association, where she served as Co-Director of Volunteers and Steward Stand Marshal for both the Virginia and International Gold Cup races. One of Cyndy’s favorite events was the Orange County Hunt Team Chase, where she volunteered her time and often served as a judge. She also volunteered as a race official at many local point-to-point races.
One of Cyndy’s lifelong passions was judging horse shows and helping young riders develop their discipline. Along with her mother, Cyndy was a founding member of the Short Circuit Association, stewarding its development from inception to end. For decades, Cyndy was a licensed USEF judge and also served as president of the Virginia Pony Breeders Association. She and her husband, Bill, have owned and operated Cedar Spring Farm near Warrenton for 27 years.
Over and above her lifetime of equestrian service and activities, Cyndy loved being with her family, especially her three grandsons, whom she home-schooled daily through the Covid-19 situation. She and Bill have been long-time summer vacationers at Pawleys Island, S.C., where they enjoyed the annual “Beach Bocce” tournament.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 2, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. On the following morning, a private, family-only interment will be held.
Public memorial services for Cyndy will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 3, at Great Meadow near The Plains. The Rev. Benjamin Maas of St. James’ Episcopal Church of Warrenton will officiate. (In observance of CDC guidelines for Covid-19 virus, those attending at Great Meadow are kindly asked to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and bring their own refreshments and seating.)
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Cyndy be sent to Great Meadow Foundation, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, Va. 20198. (Please, put “Cyndy Hair Memorial” in the memo.) Great Meadow is a qualified 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization.