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Leafy Bullet *Raffles Leafy Bullet
AHR #952
(GSB #841)

Color: Grey (White)
Sex: Stallion
Foaled: 1926

Sire: Skowronek (Ibrahim x Jaskolka)

Dam: Rifala (Skowronek x Rissla by Berk)

Breeder: Crabbet Arabian Stud. Sussex, England

Imported by Roger A. Selby. Portsmouth, Ohio. 1932.

Sire of 123 registered purebred Arabian foals including his son Hamdan (sire of Danalon) who is of mid-pedigree influence in Arieana's Arabians.

From our Arieana Notebook: *Raffles had failed to sire any foals in England and was thought to be impotent by Lady Wentworth, and this, combined with his small size (under 14 hands), made him useless at Crabbet. As a result, Lady Wentworth included him as a throw-in gift to Mr. Selby when he purchased and imported his Crabbet-bred horses in 1932.

Through the excellent care and many months of patient handling and training by Jimmy and Thelma Dean, managers of the Selby Stud, *Raffles began to settle mares. With those foals, *Raffles created a dynasty of his own ~ his sons and daughters faithfully reproducing his classic type but with increased size. Like the other stallions at Selby's Stud, *Raffles was broke and trained to ride, and in 1933 he was named Three-Gaited Champion at the National Arabian Show in Nashville, Tennessee. His natural action was extremely high, and he could also perform five gaits when asked.

On Tuesday, January 19, 1949, *Raffles broke his right hind leg, just above the hock joint. He was 23 years old. Because of his age and the location of the break, it was felt that he should be put to sleep, but Thelma Dean would not hear of it. So expert veterinarians were called in and designed a special cast and sling for *Raffles, and throughout the winter the Selby and Dean families, along with their neighbors and friends took turns to be with him constantly, attending to his comfort and welfare 24 hours a day. By spring the bone in the leg had miraculously healed, and *Raffles was once again back in business breeding mares and enjoying life. It is even said that some of his best foals were born after his recovery. 

When Mr. Selby dispersed his stud in 1950, *Raffles went to live with Alice Payne at her Asil Ranch near Chino, California where *Raffles died of natural causes three years later on May 11, 1953 at age 27.

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Recommended resources for further study and details on the life and times of *Raffles are:

Brown, Anne. "*Raffles: The Unlikely Legend". Arabian Horse World July 1982. pp. 302-306, 310-11.

Parkinson, Mary Jane. ...And Ride Away Singing. Arabian Horse Owners Foundation, Tucson, Arizona. 1998.

Pedigree of *Raffles AHR #952

Ibrahim PASB 407
Skowronek GSB 552
Rymnik (Poland)
Jaskolka PASB 3601
Epopeja (Poland)
*Raffles  AHR #952
Ibrahim PASB 407
Skowronek GSB 552
Jaskolka PASB 3601
Rifala GSB 758
Berk GSB 438
Rissla GSB 696
Risala GSB 388
Sire Line: Ibrahim (Heijer)
Tail Female: Rodania (Blunt) (Kuhaylan Rudan)

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For more information on *Raffles or to see for yourself how his influence lives on in the prized and cherished horses of Arieana Arabians, please contact us. Visitors are always welcome; appointments are appreciated.

Suzi Morris
28952 Via Hacienda
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-5546
Phone: 949-248-1260

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Copyright 2003-2012. Website designed and maintained by Suzi Morris. All rights reserved. This page created for Arieana's Heritage Notebook July 4, 2005. Updated with new information January 31, 2006. Current as of September 21, 2012.