Debbi grew up deep in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York near Lake Placid. At age 3, her parents decided it was time for her to have her own horse, and she got her first pony as a Christmas gift in 1979. From that day forward, she has always had a horse or three to ride and care for. She began showing extensively in every riding and driving class she was old enough to enter in the upstate NY area, soon after, in addition to being extremely active with her local 4-H group. Her 4-H club even had a polo team that competed locally, playing against high goal teams from as far away as Binghamton for fun. If Debbi wasn’t in school, then she most likely was on the back of a horse, somewhere in the Adirondacks. She would often be gone all day, riding old logging roads that crisscrossed the mountains near her home.
In 1992, Debbi’s family moved to Kansas, where she attended Kansas State University, majoring in Pre-Vet. She married her husband, Marc, in 1996, and became a “military wife.” She has lived all over the country with her family. Over the years, Debbi has worked as a small animal, livestock, and equine vet tech, in practices in Kansas, Oklahoma, and briefly in Alaska. She also co-managed a 24-stall boarding facility in Oklahoma, until it was destroyed in the May 3, 1999 F5 tornado. One of her favorite jobs has been working as a carriage driver in Bricktown, OK.
Debbi and her family currently live in Nanjemoy, only a few miles away from the Melwood Recreation Center. Debbi owns three horses; one she generously shares with Melwood! She also has four dogs, six cats, 12 goats, 17 hermit crabs, and 15 chickens! Debbi has been with Melwood since the beginning of 2013.