Terrianne Larson of Stanhope, Iowa, died August 7. She was 78. Terrianne was a lifetime APHA member and APHA past president.
Born July 30, 1944, Terrianne moved with her family as a child from California to a farm in Iowa. She was a horse lover from the start, riding her pony to school most days as a youngster. Though she had lofty dreams of becoming a veterinarian, she ultimately graduated with a degree in zoology and became a teacher.
Paint Horses were Terrianne’s passion, and it started with a horse called “Prince,” gifted to her by her uncle. The horsewoman had a long tenure with APHA, registering her first Paint Horses in 1976. She continued breeding registered horses through 2013 and was the breeder of 123 Paints. Terrianne was a state director from 1981 until her death and volunteered her time as a member of several advisory committees, including rules, registration, Amateur, general show & contest and the Youth Development Foundation. She was the chairman of the Rules Committee from 1991-1994 and served as vice chairman from 1987-1990.
“When Terrianne sold the last of her horses in the summer of 2020, she remarked to the buyer that she had had horses continuously for the last 75 years,” sister Maggie Wachtel said. “Her love of animals was phenomenal. She took in and nursed back to heath just about every stray animal that came to her door, including nine baby skunks that she raised and eventually returned to the wild.”
Per Terrianne’s wishes, there was no funeral and no memorial service, Maggie says.
APHA extends condolences to Terrianne’s family and friends.
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