AFIRE BEY V
July 26, 1985 – November 25, 2015
Huckleberry Bey++ out of Autumn Fire by *Bask++
Afire Bey V is the son of U.S. Reserve National Champion English Pleasure Open and Futurity Halter Stallion, Huckleberry Bey++ out of Autumn Fire, the top producing daughter of the legendary sire and show horse, *Bask++. Among her 16 offspring Autumn Fire produced 9 National winners, 4 of them National Champions or Reserves. Afire Bey V was her ninth foal. Currently, Afire Bey V is the Leading All-Time Arabian Sire in offspring, in Champions and in National winners. 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. Meanwhile his sons, along with Maroon Fire stallion, IXL Noble Express+, dominate annual Top Ten Leading Sire placements.
Bred by Sheila Varian and owned by Maroon Fire Arabians for 26 of his 30 years, Afire Bey V appeared at the U.S. National Championships in 1992 where he was named U.S. National Top Ten Park Horse. At the 1995 National shows, 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 North American national shows.
At the close of 2020 Afire Bey V is the sire of 480 National winners, 45 of them added after his passing even though his book was for all intents closed at his death. He has sired 258 individual horses that have won either a National Championship or a Reserve National Championship (or both). His National winners have won to date 932 National Championships or Reserves and 3,081 Top 10 awards. He is the sire of over 750 Champions or Reserve Champions or Regional winners. 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.