Sacred Connections Horsemanship 

   Helping Riders Create an

 Illuminated  •  Enlightened  •  Empowered

Partnership with Their Horses . . . 


    Through Sacred Connections Horsemanship’s 

          retreats, clinics and workshopsriders learn how to systematically:


CLEAR ~ OPEN ~ BALANCE their horses’ chakras, creating the

loving, cooperative horses they have always dreamed of riding.    


Sacred Connections Horsemanship

Works for All Styles of Riding

Through the use of a dynamic, functional seat, a communication system horses can understand, and alternative healing modalities, SCH helps riders of all styles awaken and align their horses’ chakra energies

Since riding styles are about balance, rather than saddle style,

Sacred Connections Horsemanship offers riders a dynamic, functional seat

allowing them to successfully ride any type saddle they choose.

Saddle styles were developed to make certain mounted jobs easier. Beyond the weight and balance, horses do not recognize much difference in types of saddles or styles of riding. For them the only difference between English and Western, Hunt Seat or Dressage is the balance of the rider and a few subtleties in the types of signals used. 

Since Scared Connections Horsemanship helps riders develop a dynamic seat based on weight and balance rather than looks and style, SCH riders can quickly and easily adjust their balance to ride any type of saddle or horse, whether in the ring, over jumps, down the trail or working cattle. 

To learn more about how all riders of all styles can use SCH to gain clarity, focus, joy and magic in their riding click here.


Who We Are:


Executive Director

Author/Instructor/Consultant  Catherine Hunter

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Peace Rider Catherine Hunter has worked with horses for more than fifty years and is a nationally rated rider/instructor, a licensed trainer and former police horse trainer. She is the Peace Rider who rode her Thoroughbred, Count of War, nine hundred miles from South Carolina to Ground Zero in New York City. Catherine is the author of Sacred Connections Horsemanship, Empowering Horse and rider through Chakra Energy: Grateful Steps Foundation Publishing House, 2017.

Catherine’s more than forty years of professional equine experience includes developing and teaching an equine-based curriculum for technical schools and colleges such as AB Tech, Isothermal Community College and Tri-County Technical College. She has ridden in feature films such as Steven Speilbergs’,  Class of ’61, The Tempest, starring Peter Fonda, and The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. She has also served as equine consultant and wrangler for The Last Confederate and Gone for a Soldier and worked as host and consultant for the equine-related cable TV show, Horse Talk. She has taught clinics and judged horse shows throughout the Southeastern U.S.

Catherine’s trainers include former Olympic riders and coaches such as Egon Kamarassi and Lendon Gray, ANRC National Judges including Jimmy Cantwell, Pam Cantwell Baker and Kay Russell, U.S. Cavalry Instructor, Gordon Wright, and nationally acclaimed author, Jane Marshall Dillion. Catherine also studied with international equine osteopaths, craniosacral therapists and leading farriers. She is a certified Axiatonal Therapist and is a pioneer in the field of Energy Based Riding. As an award-winning journalist, Catherine has published in national and regional equine publications, such as The Chronicle of The Horse, The Western Horse, John Lyons Perfect Horse and the Tyron Daily Bulletin and Life in our Foothills Appointments. Catherine was a recognized member of the Mooreland Fox Hunt for more than twenty-five years, served as a huntsman for the Royal Meridian St. Leonard’s Day Hunt and served as a professional Whipper In for the Early Grove Hounds. She has taught riding clinics throughout the Eastern U.S. for pony clubs, 4H and other equine-affiliated organizations. 

As an historical cavalry reenactor for twenty years, Catherine served as staff courier and mounted security for the largest Civil War reenactments in history such as 135th Battle of Gettysburg, 130th and 135th Battle of Antietam and the Battles of Atlanta. She was also a keynote speaker for national and regional events such as 135th  Battle of Gettysburg, and for groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Daughters of the Confederacy and the Order of the Confederate Rose. 


Advanced Equine Structural Integrator

Instructor/Consultant  Kelly Snyder

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is a certified advanced equine structural integrator and licensed massage and bodywork therapist.‚Äč Besides working on horses at various farms in Western North Carolina, Kelly is also a practitioner with Ebb & Flow Massage Therapy Center in West Asheville, treating people suffering from musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. When not performing bodywork on some fortunate horse or person, Kelly can usually be found at home riding and caring for her own three horses while raising and homeschooling her and her husband's two smart, beautiful daughters.

Kelly has loved horses her whole life. Through lessons with qualified instructors and recreational riding, Kelly has accumulated countless hours in the saddle and has more than twenty years of experience with horses.

Before getting involved in the massage and bodywork field, Kelly spent more than two years as assistant riding instructor, trainer, and barn manager under licensed trainer, Catherine Hunter. The knowledge and skills gained through that intensive training, combined with her knowledge of equine and rider biomechanics, gives her a deeper insight into identifying when riding or training techniques may be the cause of musculoskeletal imbalances. While treating a horse with musculoskeletal issues, this insight enables her to work in partnership with the rider and trainer to develop sound riding and training practices, as well as exercises and stretches that allow the horse to experience optimum, pain-free movement. 

Kelly is a firm believer in team work and loves working alongside veterinarians, farriers, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and other equine professionals. She believes combining knowledge and talents is the best way to ensure that horses have the best chance of leading long, sound, healthy lives. She is a graduate of the Equine Natural Movement School where she studied equine structural integration, and is also a graduate of Western North Carolina School of Massage where she studied neuromuscular therapy, Swedish, and prenatal massage.


Customer Service and Sales

Vince Hoelscher  

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Vince Hoelscher has worked in the aerospace and information technology industries for more than 40 years. In addition to working as an Aerospace Engineer for NASA, Vince was founder and CEO of Intercon Research Corporation and Director of Marketing and Sales for General Computer Services, Inc. He holds a BA Physics from Elon University, has more than 20 years experience in customer service and sales and has taught college courses in informations technology and computer sciences. Vince was a recognized member of the Mooreland Foxhunt, co-owner of Shadowvale Farm and former Commander of the 163rd Air Search and Rescue Squadron, Civil Air Patrol in St. Augustine, FL.  


Call Us At 828-505-9221

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