Growing up in an urban family that didn’t quite share her passion for animals − and especially horses − her longings to be around animals were rarely satisfied. In order to spend time with her furry friends, Kara-Lee began to volunteer at various therapeutic riding and horse establishments where she continued her involvement and become an Assistant Instructor for therapeutic riding with CANTRA.
By her early thirties Kara-Lee plucked up the courage to follow her heart, set aside her doubts about her “crazy” ideas, and became the caregiver of ‘In Dreams’, a horse that lives five minutes from her house. Nicknamed ‘Buck’ the three year old neighbor became a gift from the universe to Kara-Lee and for the past two years she and her equine partner have been journeying together.
Buck is a left brain introvert and very confident in his own opinions. His strong personality prompted Kara-Lee to follow her instincts and pursue the natural horsemanship approach of Parelli. The concept of learning how to have a partner based relationship with a horse, resonated deeply with Kara-Lee and today she and Buck are avid students of the principles and philosophy of Parelli Natural Horsemanship. Buck teaches Kara-Lee daily how to be a better leader and under his tutelage has assisted in her successful completion of Parelli Level Two Online.
Kara-Lee remains humbled and awed every day of her life by her interactions with these magnificent, patient, and forgiving equine teachers. She wants to spread the word about the transformation between horses and their humans when people use the Parelli principles of Love, Language and Leadership in equal doses.