"I have always loved horses and though I used to ride in my earlier years, I never owned one. Indeed, one of my promises to self used to be that if ever I had enough money, I'd buy some land and a cottage in the country and keep half a dozen sheep, a dozen laying hens, a black labrador and stable a white stallion. Then I'd look for a beautiful young wife; presumably one who liked sheep, hens, dogs and horses.
As I grew older, I soon realised that this was but a fanciful dream and that I'd never own such prime stock with both land and property to match. Indeed, getting the beautiful young wife proved much easier for this Irish smooth-tongued rogue. All I needed to do was to stroll up Main Street in Haworth, pick up the best looking woman for miles around and tell her part of a story that fascinated her so much that she was dying to see me again just to find out how it ended. I never regretted reading Arabian Nights as a youngster and was pleased of the opportunity of using it in my bride selection. I think that Sheila now realises that our story will never end.
Soon after I'd found my young wife, Sheila and my cottage in rural Haworth and our Rough Collie called 'Lady', I suddenly stopped dreaming of black labradors, half a dozen sheep and laying hens and a white stallion. I now wake up happy to have looked for one lady in Haworth and instead found two; one at the foot of my bed and the other in it.
All my life, I have loved the sight of horses and never knew why. It was only after meeting and marrying Sheila that I learnt that having been born in 1942, I'd been born in the Chinese Year of the Horse. Indeed, were I not Catholic, I could easily subscribe to the belief of reincarnation and elect to come back as a horse. Then I'd lead you all a merry ride; that's for sure!" William Forde: May 3rd, 2014.