"Riche" a 1970 Purebred Arabian gelding was one of the horses who got things started for us here at Tibbs Arabians. He was a gift from our special friends, Fats and Ardis Racicot of Ardonna Arabians. We had shown a lot in open and 4-H horse shows, but Richie was one of the first horses that we started showing at the class A level. He was a very special horse that was shown English, both saddleseat and huntseat, and western. As we continued in the Arabian shows, we found that his specialty class would be show hack. He had a long stride especially in the walk and trot. He became the first horse that we showed at the U.S. Nationals in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1987. This was also the first year that show hack would be a class at the Nationals. Showing here at this show fulfilled a dream that we never really considered a possibility.It probably wouldn't have happened except for the support of many people in our community. Fats and Ardis Racicot started things with the gift of this wonderful horse. Keith Glazier, a father of one of Barbara's judging team members, drove us down to the show. Hal and Cheri Carter of Emerald Valley Arabians loaned us their motorhome and horse trailer for the trip. Monty Collison was training at Brumarba Arabians (owners of Richie's sire Al Marah Radames) and he groomed Richie for his national debut, and of course family members and friends were there for help and support. I think of Richie as a pioneer for winning a top ten in this now extremely popular class and for opening up the world of higher level shows for us here at Tibbs Arabians.