A picture is worth a THOUSAND words....
AHA Breeders Sweepstakes and AEPA Nominated Stallion ~ in training & standing at Kiesner Training.
Full brother to two AEPA Yearling Halter Futurity Champions ~ Noble Baccarat & Noble Bacharah (2016 Top Ten AEPA Arabian Horse Times $100,000 Futurity).
- 2018 US National Champion Arabian English Pleasure Jr Horse (Unanimous)
- 2017 U.S. National Champion AEPA Arabian Horse Times $100,000 Arabian Futurity (Unanimous)
Cover Story: A New Beginning For Maroon Fire Arabians And Shea Stables (Excerpt)
by Christy Egan
In the English pleasure division of the Arabian show ring, few people are more involved and intrinsic than breeders Dave and Gail Liniger (Maroon Fire Arabians) and their partners, Tim and Marty Shea. Starting with the offspring of Afire Bey V, and continuing with those produced by IXL Noble Express, these horses have rewritten the record books. There’s been a very good chance that these stallions will be the source of a new level of English Arabian horse in America.
Enter Inception (IXL Noble Express x Bonita Afire, by Afire Bey V), a 4-year-old bay stallion and a show-stopping sensation during his premier appearance at the 2017 U.S. National Championship Show in October. A product of the familiar cross of the two primary Maroon Fire Arabians stallions plus a tail-female line to the exceptional Barbary daughter Bacharah, Inception appears to have gleaned all of the finest characteristics of each of his forebears and virtually none of the shortcomings. Ask any longtime breeder, achieving all of the pedigree assets and none of the liabilities in a breeding is barely short of miraculous.
Inception’s dam, Bonita Afire, is a 14-year-old Maroon Fire Arabians broodmare that has also produced six full siblings to Inception. The oldest is Noble Ballet, Canadian National Top Ten Country English Jr. Horse and Scottsdale Top Ten Country English Open. Next in line, Noble Baccarat, is an AEPA Yearling Champion (Buckeye). Noble Bacharah was a 2016 U.S. National Top Ten in the AEPA English Futurity, and up-and-coming sibling, Noble Blessing is a very beautiful and promising, soon-to-be 3-year-old filly, now in training with Joel Kiesner for owners Starline Arabians LLC.
Bonita Afire’s dam, Bacharah, has produced 13 offspring, nine of them national winners or producers of national winners. Inception is also a 15/16 brother to Noble Ffyre, 2014 U.S. National Champion in the AEPA English Futurity. In compiling a list of nationally successful horses related to Inception, one is forced to stop and consider that the majority of the over 100 national winners sired by IXL Noble Express are already 3/4 siblings to Inception, being sired by IXL Noble Express out of an Afire Bey V daughter. Inception’s big difference in pedigree comes through the tail-female line. The Bacharah line features Reserve National Champion JMA Matisse, 6-time National Champion and Reserve Maverick Afire, Canadian National Champion Monarch Afire, 3-time National Champion and Reserve Bonphire SA, and national-producing sire, A Major Fire. Bonita Afire is also full sister to national-producing sire Bacardi Afire and national-producing mares, Butterfly Afire and Brandie Afire, as well as National Top Ten Bosco Afire and Bolder Afire. Bacharah’s dam, NDL Bokara, is out of the beautiful Negatiw daughter, *Bufa, dam of multi-top ten halter stallion and noted sire, *Hal Gazal.