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Introducing My Friend Richard

Updated on October 31, 2011

From the Show

Naylin is one of my Blue's babies.
Naylin is one of my Blue's babies. | Source

Meet Richard

A funny thing happened a few weeks ago. Please read and know that everything happens for a reason.

The British Appaloosa Show

Who is the proudest
Who is the proudest | Source

Strutting their stuff

Isn't she a beauty
Isn't she a beauty | Source

Me and my dad

How close are we?
How close are we? | Source

Just waiting

Are we ready dad.
Are we ready dad. | Source

Come on dad

It's a long ride home
It's a long ride home | Source

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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      Bonitaanna 5 years ago from Oil City, PA

      Hi Richard, Just want to say I loved looking at your horses and loved reading the story. I am a girl who was raised on a ranch in Calif. My younger sister is the one who got a horse when we were young, and I did not get one for one reason or another. It was not my choice anyway. I keep contemplating whether or not to get horses, I love them so much. I always rode the neighbors horses. My husband loves horses also and we have ten acres of just about all lawn. No corals, how much acreage do you need to have a horse? That was not a problem when we lived on the ranch! I am nearly 70 yrs old and keep thnking I am too old to do it, yet it is still one of my wishes to have a horse.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      What a small world we live in. And what a great story of finding Richard and it bringing back such fond memories.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm so happy for you..Isn't it wonderful to find a friend who is so connected? Appears it was meant to be..

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      Christine P Ann 6 years ago from Australia

      What a great story :)

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      mckbirdbks 6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Beautiful horse, beautiful story...Very interesting.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow what an amazing story. Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up, awesome and interesting.

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Beautiful poem for your new friend. I suppose Naylin is his beautiful horse.

      I have to say congratulations on finding a new freind.

      voted up and beautiful.

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      Richard Proctor 6 years ago

      That is so wonderful it made my day seeing you wonderful hub of me and naylin.

      Big thank you from Richard and naylin