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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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  graduated 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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Sarah Montgomery - Riding Instructor and Trainer

Sarah  continues to strive for improvement and in her search she has  learned from trainers and clinicians such as Clinton Anderson, Pat  Parelli, Ken McNabb, Josh Lyons and Al Dunning and developed a training  style that she finds creates a very trusting partner in each horse. She  believes in ground work as a platform for your partnership where clear  communication between you and your horse is key and that communication  continues under saddle.  Your horse is learning from the moment you walk  into the pasture to the moment that you walk back out.  She has  experience in halter breaking, starting under saddle, ground work,  creating safe trail horses, lessons, tune ups, safe trailer loading,  establishing softness in bit and leg cues, reining, working  cowhorses, ranch horse pleasure and cutting.  With  14 years experience learning from many of today's top clinicians she  looks forward to sharing her knowledge to help you and your horse become  better partners.  Sarah graduated from Central Washington University  with a BS in Biology in June 2012 (studying animal behavior and  physiology), became a certified Ken McNabb Apprentice in July 2012 and  her most recent training has been with reining &  cutting world champion Al Dunning toward his  Trainer Protege Certification. 

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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!