About The Author
Deborah Ann Wilson
Deborah was born Deborah Ann Bearsch on September 21, 1970, in rural Harford County, Maryland. She and her two siblings enjoyed growing up surrounded by big trees, open land, and plenty of space to explore. Her love of horses was fostered at a very young age by her beloved grandfather, Tom, who spent most of his life raising and selling horses. She spent countless hours following Tom everywhere, learning everything and anything she could about horses.
Deborah began riding, and by her teens, she was both teaching younger children how to ride and competing herself in various events. She took first place in the intermediate division of the Fair Hill in 1995, an event that ranks only one level below the Olympics. She also trained with Olympic riders. Deborah participated in showing, three-day eventing, and breaking young horses.
When she was sixteen, her grandfather purchased a pony named Sugar. In 1994, Sugar gave birth to Hip-Hop, the pony that inspired Deborah’s current line of stories. Hip-Hop was the cover pony for a local equine magazine and appeared in a national publication for young girls.
Deborah met her husband, James Wilson, when his excavating company was hired to assist in the construction of a horse riding ring on her family’s property. They have three children, Ben, Laura, and Luke. Laura has inherited her mother’s love of horses, and she often rides and competes in shows herself. Hip-Hop was Laura’s first pony. Deborah hopes to use her writing, and specifically Hip-Hop’s story, to cultivate and nurture children’s interest in horses and their care.