Dea Martin is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science. Dea met her husband, Howard, at the Texas Medical Center when they were studying human genetics. Together, they have raised three college aged children. Dea and Howard are the owners of Big Wish Farm, in Alvin, Texas, where Dea instructs therapeutic riding for SoléAna Stables, as well as teaching riding lessons and Horsemanship classes for Homeschool students. Dea also serves as a Captain for the Donkey & Mule Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.