New equestrian conversation group forms

Published 12:26 pm Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

Conversations on Confidence for Horses and Riders

TRYON – The internet is blowing up about today’s problems in the equestrian industry. On Monday, April 24, horse lovers are invited to be part of this growing conversation at the Tryon Coffeehouse.

Sacred Connections Horsemanship, along with the Tryon Coffeehouse, is hosting a series of conversations around the growing abuse in the industry, the lack of knowledge and the increased use of harsh bits, martingales, draw reins and gadgets.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Discussions are free to all horse lovers and will meet every 2nd and 4th Monday beginning April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. Discussions begin with Bellboy’s Story: How an Abused Horse Goes from Terrified to Trusting. 

Future topics include: What Was Dressage Really Designed for?, Is Your Vet on Speed Dial?: History’s Wisdom for Sound Riding, History’s Equestrian Secret, It’s Not About “Heels Down,” Tack Torture and many more.

 An expert in the American Forward Riding System, Catherine Hunter, an instructor, trainer and author, will lead the discussions. Hunter is a nationally rated rider/instructor, a licensed trainer, a former police horse trainer and an equestrian journalist. She has served as a professional Whipper In, is a historical cavalry reenactor for both Civil War and Middle Ages reenactments, served as Wrangler for feature films, ridden in steeplechases and point to points, conducted clinics and coached 4H and Pony Club teams. She is the Peace Rider, who rode her Thoroughbred, Count of War, to Ground Zero in New York City. 

Join other area horse lovers Monday, April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tryon Coffeehouse, located at 62A N. Trade St. in Tryon. For more information contact Sacred Connections Horsemanship at 828-505-9221 or visit them on Facebook at


Submitted by

Catherine Hunter