AFIRE BEY V
July 26, 1985 – November 25, 2015
Huckleberry Bey++ out of Autumn Fire by *Bask++
Sired by two-time U.S. Reserve National Champion (Futurity Halter Stallions and English Pleasure) Huckleberry Bey++ out of Autumn Fire, a top producing daughter of the legendary sire and show horse, *Bask++, Afire Bey V is the Leading All-Time Arabian Sire in offspring, in Champions and in National winners. Even now, several years after his passing, Afire Bey V is still a leading sire at the U.S. National Championships, and has been for over 20 consecutive years.
Bred by Varian Arabians and owned by Maroon Fire Arabians for 26 years, Afire Bey V came to public notice at four, winning the Region 13 English Pleasure Junior Horse Championship in 1989. In 1992 he was a U.S. National Top Ten Park Horse. At the 1995 U.S. Nationals, two Afire Bey V daughters won first-time roses for their sire – Afires Lullaby was both Canadian and U.S. National Champion Pleasure Driving and Can Can Dancer was U.S. National Champion English Pleasure Jr Horse. Both were just four-year-olds. Over the next 23 years Afire Bey V get proceeded to win and then to dominate the English divisions at the national shows.
Afire Bey V is the sire of over 1,369 registered Purebred and Half-Arabians, over 750 Champions or Reserves or Regional winners, and over 435 national winners, among them over 163 National Champions and 87 Reserve National Champions. For over a hundred years, no Arabian stallion standing at public stud to mares numbering 500 or more, has a better percentage of champions to number of get. Afire Bey V’s is 56%. His percentage of offspring that have won their awards in English competition is 85%, with the balance of winning percentages split almost evenly between Halter (7%) and all other performance classes (8%).
Afire Bey V was the 2008 WAHO Horse of the Year and was 2016 APAHA Overall Sire of the Year.
Dave and Gail Liniger (Maroon Fire Arabians) and Tim and Marty Shea (Shea Stables) were USEF Breeders of the Year in 2012 and APAHA Breeders of the Year in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2013.