“A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care. Put your hand on your horse and your heart in your hand.” -Pat Parelli
Hello! My name is Juleanna Kool, and this is a sneak peek as to who I am and what I am all about!
With zero doubt in my mind, family is first and foremost in my life. These people are the ones who have molded me into the individual I am today. With every value and and lesson instilled in me, my family has taken part in each aspect of my life.
It is a result of my parents that my unbounded love for horses and the western lifestyle has grown tenfold. Dating back to when my parents lived in Kamloops, BC, my mom purchased French Toast, who was a badly beaten racehorse fresh off the track, headed to the slaughterhouse. With an extensive amount of patience French Toast and my mom began an undeniable relationship that would last for years to come.
Contrary to popular belief, I am not just a random crazy horse girl! My fondness for the western lifestyle stems from an extensive family ancestry, all the way from my great great great grandparents. Escaping from war within Russia, my ancestors traveled to small town Maple Creek, Saskatchewan to start a new life on a farm. It was on this farm that my family’s devotion to farming, rodeo, and ranching grew and was sewn into each new generation.
With the love for horses sewn into my personality, I have spent every possible moment learning and experiencing things about the western lifestyle. No matter how I am feeling, my attachment to these beautiful creatures helps me to feel better in every way possible. Their presence soothes my aching heart in wanting to live out in the country. Time spent with horses and in the saddle is never time wasted.
It is because of my love for horses, that I have taken every opportunity possible to work with them. Starting late last year, I was able to volunteer at a barn just outside of Calgary. At this barn, I was able to fulfill my love for riding and being able to work with horses. It was only a couple months ago that I got an incredible chance to work with a mare named Nessa. Nessa is the horse who I am currently able to visit and ride and she is teaching me numerous things each and every day.
Adding upon my love for the western life, I deeply enjoy country music. This type of music resonates with my passion for horses, and my desire to live out in the countryside. Country music gives off a small town feel and simply makes me feel happy about the lyrics I am listening to.
Besides my obvious admiration for the western lifestyle, I do appreciate other things. In conjunction with my deep appreciation for family, I love to travel with them. As a family, we make it a goal to go to the beach at least once a year as it is our way of unwinding from a stressful year. Any time spent with my family is time well spent.
Alongside these things about me, I greatly enjoy helping others. My love for helping others fuels my decisions as it makes me take into regard the situation of others and how I can benefit them. It is my goals to continue to help others, even in the slightest. With this in mind, I am looking to take a path in the emergency services so I can serve others when they are in need.
A large puzzle piece that makes me who I am, is my religion. It is always something I am referring to as it helps to guide my decisions and has taught me important life lessons. As a Christian, I find strength in every aspect of my religion and it has helped shape me into who I am today.
This beautiful western lifestyle has taught me so many life lessons that I carry with me everyday. These lessons are not limited to responsibility, hard work, and how to be a good leader. There is nothing I would trade for this opportunity to be able to work with such incredible animals. My love for this life is never ending and it makes me who I am.