Roger Selby loved beauty as reflected in his collection of art and exotic plants, and his compassion for animals was evident in the array of geese, ducks, turkeys, guineas, pheasants, sheep, pigs, cows, dogs, cats and other “friends” that made a home along the banks of the Ohio River, sharing the broad rich acres of pasture and cropland flanked by wooded hillsides. He was a businessman whose talent and energy took the Selby brand around the world, synonymous with the finest women’s shoes. While in London on business, he chanced across Crabbet Park and found there the satisfaction of his passion for beauty, history, and function, and Lady Wentworth saw in him the proper placement for the preservation and development of Crabbet blood in America. He imported a core group of her best individuals, and Selby Stud became a base for breeders to select young stock that would jump start their programs with a genetic purity, classic conformation, strength of build and compatible temperament that has impacted pedigrees throughout these subsequent generations.
“The air of heaven is that which blows between the ears of a horse”
- Arab Proverb
The mares proved why they were treasured by Bedouin tribes as they became the core for many different lines. They bred true. Rifala, exquisitely feminine and correct, a champion both in Europe and America, daughter of the famed Skowronek and dam of Raffles. Indaia and Kareyma, ideal mares in type and substance, supreme producers who founded breeding programs with their progeny. Rose of France, Nisa, Selmnab - - all welcome in any pedigree.