Darryl Larson Biography
Darryl Larson has been enchanted with the Arabian horse since she was tall enough to reach Walter Farley’s “Black Stallion” books on the shelves of her elementary school library. Her attraction to this ancient and beautiful breed continued when she discovered her first copy of Arabian Horse World magazine in 1969.
At the time she attended her first Arabian show in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Darryl was already training and showing hunter jumpers. Fate soon intervened, however, as she learned of a half-Arabian near her home in south Florida that was available for purchase. Soon this wonderful horse was hers and Darryl marveled at his sound mind and endearing personality. After capturing the blue ribbon their first time together in the show ring, she immediately knew she wanted to continue in the world of Arabian horses. Her next endeavor confirmed her keen eye and abilities as a breeder when the Saddelbred mare she acquired to breed to Arabians produced an unprecedented six foals who were all U.S. National Champions at least once.
Darryl’s commitment to the Arabian breed has continued unabated. She held her judges card in the Arabian Division for many years and served as President of the Florida Arabian Horse Association, and Region 12 Vice-Chairman and Show Committee Chairman. Arabian horse owners throughout the Southeast also remember her selfless dedication as Show Manager for the Region 12 Show, the Region 12 Youth Jamboree and Florida Thanksgiving Show.
Another passion since childhood – images of the world around her as viewed through the lens – led to a fortuitous merger of her interests. Darryl began using both a camera and shooting video when working in Ocala, Florida in 1987 and upon returning to south Florida in 1988 was fortunate to work with several outstanding production companies in Miami which greatly influenced her career.
Today Darryl is known throughout the Arabian horse world for her creative imagery in both video and still work. Her work ranges from promotional to historical and educational, and demonstrates a distinctive ability to capture the hearts and minds of her viewers. Darryl has an in-house studio offering state-of-the-art nonlinear editing which allows her to fulfill her clients’ needs in the realm of photography, video, CD, and DVD, and her commitment to excellence guarantees that she will meet the most discriminating requirements.
“I am continually grateful for the wonderful opportunities that have come my way,” states Darryl, “and feel very privileged to work with so many of the most influential people and horses involved with the Arabian breed.” In 2001 Darryl’s outstanding work was validated outside the realm of the horse world when she received a New York Times “Vision” Award for her exceptional video on a landmark Arabian horse art project entitled “The Vernet Bronzes.”