Kim Meeder's life was torn apart at the early age of nine by her parents' murder-suicide. She has since chosen to rise above the pain and become a powerful influence in the lives of many disadvantaged youth. On the day of her parents' funeral, Kim experienced the special emotional comfort a horse could provide. This healing refuge became the foundation for all that was to follow. Through the love of a little mare and a merciful God, Kim's life was saved.
In 1995, Kim and her husband Troy made the decision to transform their 9-acre cinder quarry into a ranch for kids. Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch (CPYR) was born. This unique non-profit organization rescues abused and neglected horses and nurtures them back to health. These same horses are then used in the ranch's riding program for children. Approximately 85% of the children who come to CPYR are disadvantaged in some way. The ranch focuses on individual instruction for each participant with one leader, one child and one horse…free of charge.
Kim is a published author of several nationwide received books, including: Hope Rising, Bridge Called Hope, Blind Hope, and Beauty. She has interviewed for magazines, radio, and television with groups such as, Focus on the Family, Family Talk Radio, and Recording Artist. She has been endorsed by Dr. James Dobson, Dr. Julie Slattery, Meredith Andrews, and Oregon State Senator, Chris Telfer.
Kim Meeder is an accomplished speaker and has addressed audiences across the country from churches and book clubs to U.S. Government policy councils and a portion of the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. In addition to her writing, speaking and duties at CPYR, Kim is also a gifted athlete. She competed on a national level in Nordic ski racing and participated in the U.S. Olympic biathlon trials. She has also set two world records in power lifting. Kim has climbed many of the highest peaks in Oregon, Washington and California. One of her newest interests is surfing. If the sport will take Kim into the great outdoors, you will probably find her there!