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Speakers & Book Signings

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Book Author Catherine Hunter or Advanced Structural Intergrator Kelly Snyder to speak at your events.

Speaking engagements may be at little or no cost for non-profit organizations — subject to availability.

Topics include:

  • How working with Equine Chakras will change your ride
  • Ride to 911 - Peace Rider's Journey from South Carolina to Ground Zero New York City
  • Are we settling for form instead of function?
  • Is riding today is making horses crazy?

Book Signings:


Author Catheirne Hunter will sign her book

Sacred Connections Horsemanship, Empowering Horse and rider through Chakra Energy

Grateful Steps Foundation Publishing House, 2017 for bookstores, tack shops and groups.

*Signings include a short presentation discussing Equine Chakra Energy and how it helps creat a deep, impactful partnership betwen horse and rider.

 *Subject to availablility 


To book a speaker or a book signing, contact:

Sacred Connections Horsemanship      828-351-4090





Executive Director

Author/Instructor/Consultant  Catherine Hunter

whj 4Peace 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 Equine Energetics. 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

kelly bio picis 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.

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