What’s a Northern girl without snow?
My name is Kyla, I’m an independent and charismatic young woman, raised in the North. Graduating from high school a year early, I’m in my second year of Human Resource Management. I am involved with the Therapeutic Riding Association, working with children who have special needs and developing their confidence and self esteem by engaging them in the riding experience.
I discovered the value of therapeutic riding at an early age while watching my cousin, Kirsti (who has a significant developmental disability) engage in a therapeutic riding program. I could see the shift in Kirsti from a shy, introverted child to a child who became confident and expressive when engaging with the therapy horse. I would like to help others develop a greater understanding and ability to see the potential each individual possesses, rather than defining people by their disabilities.
In my high school years I was the president of the Mackenzie Candy Striper’s, a Relay for Life participant, a volunteer at the World Baseball challenge, a member of the Highland Animal Relief Team and part of the Prince George Exhibition and an active leader in the Dry Grad for my high school. After graduation I completed my level III first aid and set off to Alaska before embarking upon my college education.
You’ll find I’m a determined young woman with one foot in glitz and glamour and the other one firmly planted in hay and manure. I will occasionally be found in heels and an evening gown, but you’re more likely to find me on the farm with my horses or in a remote fish camp employed as the first aid attendant. I enjoy adventure, new experiences and doing the unexpected.
I’m passionate about my equestrian pursuits. In my spare time I train foals and breed horses. You’ll realize I do not fit the socially conventional depictions of beauty, my main focus has always been on my inner and social self. I strive to help other young girls embrace who they are and follow their own path.
True, North, Strong.
– Kyla Arnett