Bay-Abi is the Arabian stallion who is the founder of the Varian Arabian dynasty. Flame and Honey have him twice in their bloodline through both their dam, Fyrelite and sire, Spirit.
Sheila Varian was 19 years old, when Bay-Abi crossed her path in 1959. She had little money, but big dreams. With her mother, Wenonah’s help, Sheila bought Bay-Abi as a 2-year-old at auction at the first Arabian horse sale to be held at San Francisco’s Cow Palace. Sheila was to have a life long love affair with the beautiful bay stallion.
Sheila Varian and Bay-Abi:
Bay-Abi crossed well with a variety of blood lines, but Sheila Varian noticed that several respected breeders were having good success crossing American-bred Arabians to Polish imports so she purchased three mares sight unseen directly from Poland in 1961 with the assistance of Englishwoman, Patricia Lindsay. This was all done through old-fashioned correspondence, so it was a risky proposition, to be sure. It was worth the risk though, because Bay-Abi made breeding history with the three mares, Bachantka, Ostroga, and Naganka.
For more information on Bay-Abi, visit the Varian Arabians website.