AHT's December Leader Of The Times
December Leaders Of The Times: Inception … Maroon Fire Arabians and Shea Stables’ Young Superstar
by CHRISTY EGAN
Inception came to the 2018 U.S. National Championships with an almost impossible group of “tough acts to follow.” His sire, IXL Noble Express, was not only the 2006 U.S. National Champion Park Horse and an outstanding U.S. National Top Ten Halter Stallion, he has become a leading sire of champions in Arabian English with over 100 national winners to his credit. This year alone, his offspring at the U.S. National Championships won 7 championship rose garlands and a reserve. Inception’s dam, the Afire Bey V daughter Bonita Afire, is the producer of national top ten winners at the Canadian and U.S. Nationals, as well as the Scottsdale and Ohio Buckeye shows. Inception’s 15/16 brother Noble Ffyre just won his third national championship at U.S. Nationals. It’s like going out for football quarterback when your half-dozen older brothers are already playing that position in the NFL.
Quite a lot is expected.
Last year Inception made his show ring debut in Tulsa. In the AEPA, where the 15.2 hand 4-year-old was the unanimous champion, his performance in the class literally stopped the show, with judges calling him “a completely different type of horse in the ring” and “a perfect storm combination of skill and talent.” At this year’s U.S. National Championships in the English Pleasure Junior Horse, he was every bit as spectacular and again, he was the judges’ unanimous choice for national champion. His trainer, Joel Kiesner, remains impressed with the young stallion. “He works great, he’s very smart and is a kind, gentle horse to train,” Joel notes. “You know, there are a lot of stallions that never show or just have minor success in the ring. Some are able to earn one national award and then, never do it again. Inception’s won two major U.S. National English titles unanimously. He bred about a hundred mares last year while in full time training. He’s among the elite … a unique and gifted horse. We’re very proud of him.”
In the spring of 2018, the first Inception foal crop made its appearance. Produced from some of the finest Afire Bey V and Afires Heir mares, Inception’s first offspring exhibit impeccable conformation with upright necks, attitude, quality and extreme consistency. Balance and size are also obvious assets, as well as strength, long legs and good bone. There is also a great deal of beauty, type and Arabian character, desirable features sometimes missing in Arabian athletes and high performance horses. Among the prettiest was a bay filly out of Heirs Noble Love, Joel and Ashton Kiesner’s foal. Indicative of the quality being bred to Inception right now, both the filly’s sire and dam won their 2018 U.S. National Championships unanimously.
At Shea Stables, Tim and Marty Shea are also a bit awestruck with the brilliant young bay stallion. “It’s not very often that a breeding farm has multiple, extraordinary stallions standing at the same time. Maroon Fire Arabians began with Afire Bey V, a horse that became the Leading All-Time Sire in the Arabian breed, and then followed him with IXL Noble Express, a national champion and a very great sire too. Now, to have Inception take two unanimous national championships, two years in a row, plusgive us a stellar first foal crop, we feel understandably both grateful and fortunate. The future really looks bright for all of us!”