Julie Kagno grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but her professional career has taken her from the U.S. to Dubai, China, India, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. She began her career as a hot walker and moved up through the ranks, from exercise rider to Jockey, primarily competing at tracks in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. She fulfilled multiple racing official positions in the U.S., including Clerk of the Course, Placing Judge and Identifier at tracks from Prairie Meadows, Iowa to Delaware Park to Gulfstream Park, Florida. Pursuing international opportunities led to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as an Administrator for the Emirates Racing Authority which led to Asia, as the Racing Administration Manager for the China Horse Club. After backpacking in Cambodia and Thailand (and visiting racetracks in Bangkok and Chiang Mai), she returned to the U.S. as a Judge for the American Competitive Trail Horse Association.