The American Quarter Horse AssociationFebruary 11, 2013
Former AQHA inspector and regional representative Jim Wright, 82, of Canyon died Thursday, February 7, in Amarillo.
Jim’s legacy is one that crosses the nation as much as it does the dirt roads of his youth. He would spend his formative years learning all he could about horses before taking on ranch work that would eventually lead him to the American Quarter Horse Association as a field inspector in 1965. He would log over 2 million miles driving across North America until his retirement in 2003. Married to Anita in 1976, they welcomed their son, Will, to the family in 1977.
Jim’s ability to remember not only a good horse, but the pinpoint driving directions to a ranch decades later was only surpassed by his quick wit and unlimited stories of his travels and friends. A professional calf roper in his youth and a team roper in later years, horses were always a factor in the Wright family and remained so until his passing. His ability to size up quality in a horse was outmatched only by his optimism and ability to find the good in all situations. Read more about Jim.
Survivors include a son, Will and wife Shannon of Galveston; his brothers, Joe Wright and wife, Jean of Riverdale, California, and Carl Wright of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a sister, Joy Terpenning and husband, Don of Mesa, Arizona; and a lifetime of friends from around the country.
Memorial services were Sunday, February 10. The family suggests memorials be to A Time to Share, P.O. Box 50005, Amarillo, TX 79159. Sign the online guest book at www.coxfuneralhomeamarillo.com.
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