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August 20, 2017
Deb, you are a constant with everyone your path crossed in this life. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to have you as,not only a co-worker, but a friend. I Love you and miss you and I think of you often and smile when ever I see a pony!
Your Friend, Denis
August 19, 2017
Thinking of you. Always and forever.
sister Pam
May 25, 2017
May 25, 2017
Deb gave me my start in Natural Horsemanship when I was 22 back in 1994 at Valencia Creek Ranch, after I met Pat Parelli and asked him how a broke U.C.S.C student could get involved in his program. He introduced me to Deb and said "see if you can work something out with her". She Let me Learn in exchange for work: building and maintaining fences, paddocks and a French drain system, a coyote-proof chicken coop, a garden and raised beds out of a thistle patch, cleaning stalls, feeding horses, tractor work, repairing an irrigation system to refill the pond, and any other ranch work that needed to be done.
She gave me one of the best compliments I have ever had; "You work harder and more efficiently than anyone I've ever seen." It still means a lot to me today. I can still see that stern look on her face when she said it, and then, in true Deb style, broke into that full face smile that touches your soul. Yes, She worked my butt off, just like my mom and dad taught me, and she gave me full access to her vast knowledge, took me on ranch calls, foal handling, had me hold horses for vet calls, which taught me a lot, we participated in the Santa Cruz County Fair in two events, and she took me on MANY instructive rides. When she thought I was good enough she had me working with all of the horses(like Riker the runaway!). Her patience and encouragement were central to my progress and understanding. She taught me well enough that I actually won the Valencia Creek Ranch Trail Trials on Rusty, and rode in a local endurance ride on S.E. Sassafrass. She taught me the most important thing in an endurance race wasn't winning, but making sure the horse finished with as good a vet check as at the beginning. She stressed pure love for, and perfect communication with every horse. Her life was truly built on mutual respect and reciprocity for horses and people.
I went on to participate with Pat Parelli at the Santa Barbara Horse Course, Delta Utah, and the Banff National Forest ride. I have helped many people and their horses learn to effectively communicate since then, and have two wonderfull horses of my own, which I love and trained to the point of bareback and bridle-less performance. There is much, much more.
I tell all of this not to highlight myself, but to illustrate the fact that Deb's existence and willingness to share herself fully, as long as I exerted maximum effort, helped me refine my understanding of horse behavior that I started learning from my own father as a child, and exponentially elevated my ability to communicate effectively with them, and thus she is responsible for a monumental amount of fulfillment and true beauty in my life even to this day.
I moved back to where my family lived in 1996, and haven't seen Deb since. I only wish I could still see her smiling eyes and feel her generous heart again now. I surely can in my memory. The world is a better place for having had Deb Cooper in it! I know MANY people and horses would agree, and we all miss her dearly.
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