Lori Cooley lived in Houston, Texas, for 28 years where her boyfriend passed away in a polo accident. “It was a bummer. I can say that now,” she said.

She said after going through something like that, her brain didn’t work; that she couldn’t process anything, so she moved back with her family in Indiana. “After two weeks in Indiana I remembered why I left in the first place,” she said, prompting her move to Kentucky.

Lori Cooley’s farm is 25 acres, houses a cemetery, barn, both an indoor and outdoor riding ring and a cabin-like home with antebellum roots.

Cooley, 58, shares the farm with her two dogs, three cats, six goats and ten horses, and most recently, 10 chicks.

Cooley had always loved Kentucky, so she began looking for a home here, finding one in Harrison county.“I mean, it’s nothing. It’s not anything fancy, but it fits the bill— with the funky old house and the cemetery...” she said. “I’m super happy here. I’ve never been as happy as I am now. I love this place.”

In the year Cooley has been in Kentucky, she has completed numerous projects on the house and surrounding property including hauling the spare wood out of her barn’s hayloft and creating a kitchen table and overhead lamp for herself.

She’ll do just about anything, but nothing too crazy. “What would happen to my animals?” she joked.

Cooley loves her home, her animals, and is proud of the work she has accomplished. “It was just me, but I got it done,” she said.

Lori Cooley trains a foal to wear a bridle in her indoor training arena in Harrison county, Kentucky, on June 26, 2018. The foal's mother takes a dust bath and stays close by during training.
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Lori Cooley trains a foal to wear a bridle in her indoor training arena in Harrison county, Kentucky, on June 26, 2018. The foal's mother takes a dust bath and stays close by during training.

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Lori Cooley trains a foal to wear a bridle in her indoor training arena in Harrison county, Kentucky, on June 26, 2018. The foal's mother takes a dust bath and stays close by during training.

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Light hits a photo in Cooley's house on July 4, 2018, showing her time as an eventer before moving to Kentucky.
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Light hits a photo in Cooley's house on July 4, 2018, showing her time as an eventer before moving to Kentucky.

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Light hits a photo in Cooley's house on July 4, 2018, showing her time as an eventer before moving to Kentucky.

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Cooley checks on her mares in the field behind her home in Harrison county, Kentucky, on Dec. 17, 2018.
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Cooley checks on her mares in the field behind her home in Harrison county, Kentucky, on Dec. 17, 2019.

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Cooley checks on her mares in the field behind her home in Harrison county, Kentucky, on Dec. 17, 2019.

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Lori Cooley rides her horse, Galiana, in her riding ring on her farm in Harrison county, Kentucky. Cooley moved to Kentucky after her boyfriend died in a polo accident. “I was so lucky to find this place. I am so happy here,” she said.
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Lori Cooley rides her horse, Galiana, in her riding ring on her farm in Harrison county, Kentucky. Cooley moved to Kentucky after her boyfriend died in a polo accident. “I was so lucky to find this place. I am so happy here,” she said.

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Lori Cooley rides her horse, Galiana, in her riding ring on her farm in Harrison county, Kentucky. Cooley moved to Kentucky after her boyfriend died in a polo accident. “I was so lucky to find this place. I am so happy here,” she said.

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Cooley washes the paws of her dog, Spot, in her covered porch after a series of muddy chores on Dec. 27, 2018.
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Cooley washes the paws of her dog, Spot, in her covered porch after a series of muddy chores on Dec. 27, 2019.

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Cooley washes the paws of her dog, Spot, in her covered porch after a series of muddy chores on Dec. 27, 2019.

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Cooley holds a day old chick in her home in Harrison county, Kentucky on Dec. 27, 2018. The chicks have to be kept at 95 degrees, so Cooley set up a heat lamp in her covered back porch. She purchased 16 eggs from eBay, 14 were fertile and 9 have hatched.
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Cooley holds a day old chick in her home in Harrison county, Kentucky on Dec. 27, 2018. The chicks have to be kept at 95 degrees, so Cooley set up a heat lamp in her covered back porch. She purchased 16 eggs from eBay, 14 were fertile and 9 have hatched. “A bottle of wine and a computer and eBay and look at what can happen,” Cooley joked.

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Cooley holds a day old chick in her home in Harrison county, Kentucky on Dec. 27, 2018. The chicks have to be kept at 95 degrees, so Cooley set up a heat lamp in her covered back porch. She purchased 16 eggs from eBay, 14 were fertile and 9 have hatched. “A bottle of wine and a computer and eBay and look at what can happen,” Cooley joked.

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Cooley gives one of her mares prenatal vitamins on her farm in Harrison county, Kentucky, on June 28, 2018.
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Cooley gives one of her mares prenatal vitamins on her farm in Harrison county, Kentucky, on June 28, 2018.

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Cooley gives one of her mares prenatal vitamins on her farm in Harrison county, Kentucky, on June 28, 2018.

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Cooley sits with her cat, Harrison, on Dec. 17, 2018, at the kitchen table she created herself from old wood from the barn on her property, one of the many 'projects' she has completed herself to make her home completely her's. “I’ll tackle just about any
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Cooley sits with her cat, Harrison, on Dec. 17, 2018, at the kitchen table she created herself from old wood from the barn on her property, one of the many 'projects' she has completed herself to make her home completely her's. “I’ll tackle just about anything,” she said.

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Cooley sits with her cat, Harrison, on Dec. 17, 2018, at the kitchen table she created herself from old wood from the barn on her property, one of the many 'projects' she has completed herself to make her home completely her's. “I’ll tackle just about anything,” she said.

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