Debi Fitzgerald The Carolinas Equestrian 01 It all began with a pony ride.

Debra Jo (Debi) Fitzgerald, artist, was a horse lover before she was an artist.  At age 4, the West Virginia native went with her father to the state fair, where she had her first pony ride.  “It was probably the biggest mistake of his life,” Fitzgerald said. “I can still remember the feel of that pony, the thick bushy mane, how you couldn’t see his eyes, how fuzzy he was; the closeness to him. I was obsessed after that.”  From that time on, no matter the path, horses were there to lead the way.