Post by Breanna F. on Apr 1, 2018 20:21:59 GMT
R E B E C C A M A T T H E W S
|Full Name: Rebecca Louise Matthews|
Nick Name: Becca, Becky, Becs
Birth Date: February 6th (35 y/o)
Birthplace: Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Ireland
Residence: Claran, Co. Galway, Ireland
Children: Lilian Forbes
Discipline: Retired from Show Jumping
Current Tier: -
Current Level: -
Total Wins: -
Stable: Riddermark Equestrian Center
T H E H I S T O R Y . ________________________________
For all intents and purposes, it would seem that Rebecca had a very happy childhood. She had a loving father and grandparents. She was also surrounded by horses which is, lets face it, every little girls dream! However, there was always something missing from her life, a hole that just wouldn't be filled. When she was five years old, Rebecca asked her father why she didn't have a mother like the other little girls in her class. Not knowing what to tell her, Jacob just skirted around the subject and for the next seven years when Rebecca would ask, he would change the subject. When she was twelve, Rebecca once again asked him about her mother and it was then that Jacob told her the whole story.
It broke her heart to know that her mother didn't want her but at the same time, knowing the truth didn't help the emptiness she had felt for all those years. A few months after she turned eighteen, Rebecca hired a private detective to track down her birth mother. It took him about a year, but when he found her in Bridgeport, New York, Rebecca decided to fly out there with the hopes of meeting her. Rebecca showed up on her mothers doorstep, unanounced and much to Rebecca's disappointment, her mother refused to acknowledge that she even had a daughter and proceeded to slam the door right in Rebeccas face. Because of how distraught she was, Rebecca missed her flight home to Ireland and took that as a sign to stay in the United States.
New York was not Rebecca's ideal place to live so she decided to purchase a bus ticket and ended up in Twinbrook, Georgia. Rebecca turned her time, effort, and frustration into establishing herself at a local Eventing stable called Rosenthal. Under the tutelage of Ana Rosenthal herself, Rebecca soon became one of the top riders in the USA, with a focus in Show Jumping. She was even short-listed for the Olympics at just nineteen years old. While training at Rosenthal, Rebecca was able to make lasting friendships. One "partner in crime" was none other than Ryan O'Neil himself. The two were notorious for pulling juvenile pranks that drove Ana crazy. At age twenty-five, Rebecca was horribly injured when both she and her mount went down during an event - her right leg shattered due to the horse rolling onto her. After she woke up in the hospital, Rebecca was informed that if she had another fall like that she could end up paralyzed and that it was within her best interest to discontinue riding horses. Needless to say, she decided to follow the doctors orders, albeit unhappily. Thankfully, Ana thought of Rebecca as family and allowed her to live at Rosenthal while she pursued a Business Management degree.
Rebecca met a man named Keith while on a business trip to Florida. Keith happened to be from Ireland, just like Rebecca, so she was excited to be around somebody from her home country. After only a few weeks, Rebecca was in love. They had a "whirlwind" romance that spanned about a year and a half. Keith would fly in and out of Florida every couple of weeks because he was on the hunt for an equestrian property to expand his families one in Ireland. At the time, Rebecca didn't know that this man was married, if she had, things might of ended up differently. When Rebecca ended up pregnant, Keith hightailed it back home to Ireland, never to be heard from again. Heartbroken, and three months pregnant, Rebecca packed up what little she had in her apartment and decided to fly back to Twinbrook to say her final farewells to both Ana and Ryan before heading home to Ireland.
After sixteen hours of labor, Rebecca was able to finally hold her baby daughter in her arms. Although she didn't know how to contact him, Rebecca gave her daughter the name Lilian after Keiths mother, whom he had spoken fondly of. One rainy afternoon, while breastfeeding Lilian and looking out her hospital window, Rebecca's best friend growing up knocked on her hospital door to congragulate her on having a baby, and to welcome her home. Little did either of them know that the man her best friend, Paige, was married to was Lilians father. Shocked at seeing Keith again, let alone in her hospital room, Rebecca broke down. Keith fled the room, making up some excuse about needing to check something at the nurses station. While he was gone Paige tried to console Rebecca. Rebecca, not wanting to hide anything from her best friend who was like a sister to her, told Paige everything - In her mind, even if it ruined their friendship, at least Paige would know the truth.
Four years later, Paige and Rebecca are still good friends, despite everything. Rebecca and Keith have a decent business relationship when it comes to horses, tolerate eachothers company when it comes to Lilian, and argue most of the time if they speak on the phone. Keith adores Lilian, just as he does his other children, George and Leanne, and the Riddermark Equestrian Center is doing well, all things considered.
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