Introducing My Friend Richard
From the Show
A funny thing happened a few weeks ago. Please read and know that everything happens for a reason.
The British Appaloosa Show
Strutting their stuff
Me and my dad
Come on dad
Richard and Naylin
Several weeks ago and completely out of the blue, I received a lovely comment from a strange name that I didn’t know. So as you do, I dropped in to this person’s hub page to see what he was up to, and found a new member who had not written any hubs as yet. I was so thrilled and proud that for some reason he had chosen my writing to comment on. I couldn’t have been happier.
I wrote another hub, and again this man commented on my writing. His comment was straight to the point, not full of bluff as others, including myself at times, are capable of leaving; he just left a simple word, beautiful.
Once again, I hopped over to his place, eager to read what he had written, nothing! Now I know that Richard will laugh when he reads this, but he actually put the fear of God in me. I was trembling at the thought of having my own private stalker, as I understood from his hub history; I was the only member whose writing he was commenting on.
So I gave myself a chat. “Come on girl, no point knee trembling, invite him in”. I sent Richard a private mail via HP in admiration of his avatar. I asked him if the beautiful horse in his avatar was a quarter horse or an appaloosa? The reply I got knocked my socks off. He explained that his horse, a mare, was by the appaloosa sire J.J. Blue Star.
Blue Star, had I read him correctly. Yep, Blue Star, there it was written straight in front of me. I immediately wrote him back. “I own the stallion J.J. Blue Star, but I don’t recognise your mare”.
That day, a few weeks ago has changed my life. I can pretend that I am sat at the fireside with Richard and many other treasured friends from the British Appaloosa Society. We are drinking hot toddy’s together and reminiscing about the past. Appearing before my eyes are all of Blue’s babies, enough spots as to fill a bag of Cadbury’s buttons.
My horse showing days are back again, and I am in the show ring competing against Brian and Suzanne. Richard is at the ringside cheering me on, and the dream of my bygone showing days has become real once more. I am walking around all the reserved stables admiring our stunning appaloosa’s, kissing and hugging old friends and so happy to go to sleep again at night. Richard does not realise how much he has enriched my life.
As much as I adore living on the Emerald Isle, my heart will always remain a red Lancashire rose. And, my hope is that in 2012 I will be able to return home, if only briefly, to support all my old friends who I have missed so much.
Richard is a breath of fresh air. We have spoken a couple of times on skype, and just to hear his friendly English accent again makes me smile. His love for the appaloosa horse is unconditional and his laughter and enthusiasm are a breath of fresh air. He is a mild mannered man, openly friendly and loves to make me laugh. He is a mind of useful information about our appaloosa bloodlines, and shares his knowledge with pride. He tells me he was once a committee member before the old society moved on. But most importantly to me he has become a kind and supportive friend.
So my hub page buddies, our little site has now officially opened a lost person’s page. In my instance I found a friend, and it is all due to HP.
Thank you for stepping into my life Richard, and Naylin. You are a star, and this little write I dedicate to you. Much love my friend, Net & Blue Boys x
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