About Us

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Tom Russell - Owner

 Tom  Russell is the owner of the Silver Eagle Stable.  He's a retired Marine  Corps Colonel and the son of an Army officer.  Tom grew up on military  installations in the country and started riding in 1973, at military  base stables.  His riding was interrupted - off and on with military maneuvers, college and then with deployments when he became a full time  Marine. Upon retiring, Tom established a successful consulting company and has now decided to pursue something that he has enjoyed since his  days in the 70's.  Tom  has shared his life and love of horses with his  wife, Vicki  Russell for 28 years  - together they have three children  and one granddaughter.

Tom looks forward to creating the perfect equestrian facility for people who have a love for horses, family, good company, and a desire to learn.  He looks forward to the next chapter in  the equestrian ring of life.   He can be contacted via email at trussell@sestable.com or by calling 703-594-4328.

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Chris & Tammy Noakes - Managers


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 Chris  and Tammy are a co-managerial team who have an engineering and law enforcement background. Tammy has had a love of horses since an early  age and is a proud Army Brat. Chris embraces the challenges of property  management.  They have been married for over 30 years and have many  plans to keep improving Silver Eagle!   

Instructors

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Melissa Davies - Riding Instructor & Trainer

Melissa  Davies started riding at the age of five on her father’s farm. Through High School she showed in Hunter/Jumpers and worked at barns to help support the horses she owned.  She thoroughly believes that knowing how to care for a horse is just as important 

as in knowing how to ride a  horse. 


After Equine Business Management study at University of Maryland, Melissa moved back to Virginia where she managed a warm blood 

breeding  facility. 

Her love of these  beautiful four legged creatures is extremely strong. She has spent the last 30 years of her life with them and they have always been a part of her, and she gives herself to them. 

Whether it is Polo, Dressage, Jumping, Trail Riding, English or Western;  Melissa can share her love and connection with these animals, and teach  you the same! 

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Kimberly Gregory - Riding Instructor

 

Kimberly Ross Gregory has been riding and taking care of horses for 23 years and  competing for 19.  Her focus has mainly been in Eventing but she has  dabbled a little in Hunters and Western. She attended Averett University  where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a  minor in Equestrian Studies, focus on Riding Instruction. After college  she was a working student for an upper level Event rider (Christan  Trainor) in Southern Pines, NC. After moving back to Northern Virginia,  she has been working closely with top Eventing coach, Lisa Reid.  Kimberly has been teaching a wide range of students since 2010. Her  passion is working with young horses, particularly Off the Track  Thoroughbreds, and bringing them along slowly and correctly. The latest  project horse has gone on to compete at Pony Club Championships with her  new owner. Kim's current horse, Follow The Rainbow aka Oz, has been off  the track since July 2017 and is loving his new life as an Event Horse!

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Kristen Koneczny - Riding Instructor and Trainer

 

Kristen  is a local artist and avid horseback rider with over 30 years of  experience. She began competing as a teen in Hunter/Jumper shows before  moving on to competitive trail riding. An artistic and creative  background influences her teaching style. Kristen's philosophy lays a  good foundation for the basics of the horse/rider relationship. Lessons  will have a heavy emphasis on horsemanship as well as learning the  proper posturing needed to become a skilled rider.

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Cynthia Kurtz - Riding Instructor and Trainer

 Cynthia  is an accomplished rider and trainer with more than 15 years of  experience in the saddle. A lifelong horse lover, she spent the first  part of her riding career in eventing and dressage before switching to  western riding. She also has experience working with polo ponies and  thoroughbred racehorses. Her training and teaching methods rely heavily  on natural horsemanship, incorporating techniques from Clinton Anderson,  Stacy Westfall, Monty Roberts, and Centered Riding.  Cynthia just  received her Masters from George Washington University in Washington, DC. and is kept busy not only teaching lessons and schooling horses but also starting her career at one of our amazing museums here in our Nation's Capital!

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Kristina Tarr - Riding Instructor and Trainer

Kristina Tarr grew up in Romeo, Michigan and has  been riding and competing for 15 years, working her way from local “C”  circuit Hunter Jumper shows to regional “A” circuit USHJA shows with her trainer and team at Shenanigans Farm. During this time she worked  with numerous “problem” and green horses while also bringing her first  Off the Track Thoroughbred along as her personal horse. Kristina is now  living in Virginia as an Active Duty Marine while also studying Business  at the Pennsylvania State University. She has recently bought a new  project horse, Piper, who is a barn favorite at Silver Eagle while  giving beginner through advanced English riding lessons specializing in  building strong fundamentals essential for jumping. Additionally,  Kristina is available for horse training, tune ups, or to address  behavioral issues.