Mt. Hope Auction dedicates newly named Dean Beachy Arena

Mt. Hope Auction dedicates newly named Dean Beachy Arena
Dave Mast

Mt. Hope Auction officially named its horse building the Dean Beachy Arena during a ceremony on Friday, May 24 in Mt. Hope. Beachy was a longtime contributor to the auction and was well-known among the horse sale community from the Mississippi River to the East Coast.

                        

For the second time in recent days, the community honored the memory of Dean and Stevie Beachy.

Dean and Stevie Beachy passed away four months ago in a Pennsylvania shooting while doing something they were most passionate about: horse sales.

Ever since the Mt. Hope Auction facility built its show arena in 2014, owner Steve Mullet and his family have been debating on what they should name the building.

“We always felt that at some point something would become very evident,” President and co-owner of Mt. Hope Auction Thurman Mullet said on Friday, May 24 during the dedication ceremony. “We could never come up with a name, but Dean was such a big part of what we have done here over the years that it seemed like this was very appropriate.”

In front of a crowd who was in attendance for the seventh annual Mid-Ohio Memorial Trotting Sale, Mullet dedicated the sale barn as the Dean Beachy Arena, sharing how much the Beachy family and Dean in particular has meant to the Mullets and to the auction facility over the years.

Mullet said the arena was built in 2014 so the auction could expand its Mid-Ohio sales. Since it was built, it has simply been the horse arena. That all changed in honor of Dean Beachy.

“Dean was an instrumental part in so many horse auctions throughout the country, and his loss has left a big hole in each place that he was a part of,” Mullet said.

He added that Stevie, who also was heavily involved with the Beachy family’s work in the horse community, was full of life and touched many people throughout his young life.

He went on to note that as much as the auction world misses them, they are always reminded of the loss at the Beachy home that the family has experienced.

Dean’s wife Linda and sons Bobby and Davey were in attendance at the dedication to accept Mullet’s kind words.

“Our hearts continue to go out to the boys, Bobby, Bennie and Davey, and also Linda, who has not only been a rock for the family, but has been an inspiration to many people,” Mullet said.

Mullet said not only were they dedicating the arena in honor of Dean and Stevie, but also their father and grandfather Bert Beachy, who also was close to the Mullets over the years.

“We are grateful for all of the work the Beachy family has put into the Mt. Hope Auction throughout the past several decades,” Mullet said. “From all of us at the Mt. Hope Auction and the Memorial Sale, we say thank you.”

With those words the horse arena now had a name, a name that will forever be connected to Dean and Stevie Beachy and the Beachy family, who have played such an integral role in the growth and success of the auction. But more than that, it serves as a memory of the ever-present smile of each and the joy they brought to everyone they met.


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