Deborah Meridith, LRT/CTRS, was born and raised in Florida. She moved to Greensboro,
NC in 1981 and began working with horses on a full-time basis.
While attending UNC-Greensboro, she developed several horse-related programs and
implemented them for individuals with disabilities and special needs at Gateway Education
Center and Mclver Schools.
She cared for and managed the barn facilities at the YMCA for seven years.
She trained horses for In-Glen Morgan Farms.
Deborah received a degree in Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutics, a minor
in Physical Education, and a minor in Biology.
She received her National Therapeutic Recreation certification in 1988 and State
Therapeutic Recreation certification in 1990.
She received her instructor's certificate from NARHA (now PATH International) in
1996. In the fall of 1990, she was certified as a Special Olympics Coach and began
taking athletes to the State Games in Raleigh, NC.
Kopper Top is Deborah's way of reaching the world with kindness, love, and hope.
Through the animals and the programs she offers, she is seeking to enrich the lives
of all she comes in contact with, especially those who have faced difficulty and/or
disabilities in their lives. Having gone through three back surgeries within thirteen
years, Deborah knows from experience the challenges that come with difficulty, and
is an encourager to others and an example of one who has overcome the obstacles.
Deborah has a real love for the animals, her volunteers, and the people she serves.
She works hard for Kopper Top, and her tireless dedication to the program is evident.
As more than one person has said, "Deborah, YOU are the heartbeat of this farm!"
She loves sweet tea and her Arabians, and is rarely seen without one of her beloved
cats, especially Micah or Simeon.