Debi Crowley, Owner/Trainer/Instructor
Debi began riding at an early age on a backyard horse exploring the woods and fields around her home. She sold her horse when she went off to college, but purchased another one immediately after graduation. Initially, she rode western, but then began taking English riding lessons at a nearby barn and quickly became hooked. She competed in local hunter-jumper shows for several years until she acquired an off-the-track Thoroughbred named “Grandpa’s Cadillac”. Gramps was just too rambunctious for the hunters and Debi, although not really knowing much about the sport of eventing at the time, decided to give it a try and began taking lessons at Jim Graham’s Meadow Run Farm in Florence, Alabama. She knew immediately that this was her niche in the horse world.
Since that time, Debi has trained several horses to the upper levels of eventing. Most notably, she competed Mighty Mite (“Beau”) at the Advanced level and won the Radnor International Hunt CCI** Championship on him in 2003 among a field of over 100 competitors. Debi was also one of approximately 30 event riders in the nation to be selected to participate in the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Eventing Developing Rider Program in 2003 and again in 2004. This program is aimed at promising horse and rider teams that have not previously represented the U.S. in competition and allowed her to participate in three days of intensive training conducted by the USET’s Developing Rider Coach, Olympic gold medalist David O’Connor in 2003, and Kim Severson in 2004.
Debi and Beau have also been featured in numerous magazines including the August 2002 issue of the American Quarter Horse Journal, a magazine published by the American Quarter Horse Association and internationally circulated, the May 2004 issue of Practical Horseman, and the December 2003 issue of Eventing, a British magazine dedicated to the sport of eventing.
In late 2005, Debi began competing Beau in recognized dressage shows at FEI Prix St. George. Debi completed the requirements for her United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Silver Medal in early 2006. In May 2014, Debi joined an elite group of dressage riders when she earned her USDF Gold Medal riding Plato Carlos!
Debi is now concentrating on training and teaching at Cotton Meadows Farm. While she will continues to compete in both dressage and eventing, her primary focus has changed to helping others achieve their riding goals as well as raising and training quality dressage and event prospects for sale. Debi is committed to maintaining Cotton Meadows Farm’s reputation for being the premier boarding & training facility in the area for goal-oriented riders.
Debi has also been an avid endurance runner in the past having run many road marathons and trail ultramarathons. She is currently training for triathlons.
Courtney Cox (CMF Working Student)
Courtney has spent the better part of her life around horses. While learning the ropes at a hunter/jumper barn and working for her lessons, she continued to further her education by competing in equine science in her FFA chapter, earning top honor FFA state awards and qualifying for the state jumping finals for her high school equestrian team. After studying welding in her home state of New Hampshire, she adopted a mustang while working in a TN vet’s office. Courtney then moved to Alabama to learn the ins and outs of training a green horse for eventing. Courtney now helps Debi with caring for the horses, tacking up, and basic veterinary care.
Someday she hopes to teach full time and continue to work with green horses.
CMF Girl’s Night Out!
The majority of boarders and employees at CMF dressed up for a night on the town in Sep 09 followed by a tie-dye party at Debi’s house. Since we rarely get to see each other in anything other than barn clothes, it was a lot of fun to see everyone dressed up and wearing makeup. More photos of the Ladies Night Out have been posted on the Photo page.