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June 26, 2013 –
IXL Noble Express+ x Bonita Afire by Afire Bey V

Sired by U.S. National Champion Park Horse, IXL Noble Express+ out of the National winning Afire Bey V daughter, Bonita Afire, Inception is a young show horse stallion and breeding sire at Shea Stables. Owned and bred by Maroon Fire Arabians, ridden and trained by Joel Kiesner, Inception was the unanimous winner of the prestigious 2017 U.S. National Champion AEPA $100,000 English Futurity, the 2018 U.S. National English Pleasure Junior Horse, and, in 2019 and 2020, the U.S. National Champion Park Horse (open). Inception was named APAHA Saddle Seat Horse of the Year in 2017 and 2019.

IXL Noble Express+ is the sire of 123 National winners almost all of them in English competition. Bonita Afire’s dam, the Barbary+++ daughter Bacharah, produced 9 National winners or producers of National winners. Inception is a full brother to Noble Blessing, the 2020 U.S. National Champion English Pleasure AAO50+ and 15/16 brother to 3-time National Champion Noble Ffyre+/. After judging him, 2017 U.S. National’s judge Richard Wright said that Inception “raised the bar for the Arabian English show ring at his first show ring appearance”, and respected Arabian trainer Joel Kiesner said that Inception represented everything good in his near perfect pedigree.

Inception’s fifth foal crop is arriving in 2022. Thus far his first foals have exceeded all expectations. Immediately noticeable strong suits are the size of the Inception offspring, they are stretchy and very well balanced, with strong, long legs and excellent bone. There is also a great deal of beauty, type and Arabian character evident. And, of course, the long well-set neck and superb carriage for which these bloodlines are nationally famous. Two of his first offspring were at the U.S. National show this year. Proudly, they gave him his first National credentials as a sire. FF Twentyfour Karat (x Afires Gold by Afire Bey V) was Top Ten in the PB Country English Pleasure Futurity and American Ambition (x Sweet N Nutty by Undulata’s Nutcracker) was 2021 Top Ten HA English Pleasure Futurity. His three-year-olds from his second foal crop will be starting under saddle in the spring of 2022 and in the show ring soon thereafter!

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For breeding information | Marty Shea • 810.329.6392 | Ashton Kiesner • 865.556.0412

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