Top Broodmare : Castle Forbes Libertina

By: Horse Deals

Top Broodmare : Castle Forbes Libertina
Top Broodmare : Castle Forbes Libertina

Many of the world’s top breeders are adamant that the mare is more vital to the production of a top-class foal than the sire — and who are we to argue?

As well as her genetic input, every broodmare will imprint characteristics on her foal such as behaviour and temperament and if she has also performed at top level, the chances are that the foal could inherit her agility, scope or movement.

Name: Castle Forbes Libertina

Born: 1996

Breed: Westphalian

Breeding: by Libero H out of a Polydor mare

Although the sport was sad to see her go, the retirement to the paddocks of Lady Georgina Forbes’s wonderful 15-year-old show jumper Castle Forbes Libertina has added another star broodmare to Ireland’s breeding programme.  Libertina, a daughter of Libero H out of a Polydor mare, is a German-bred Westphalian. She enjoyed huge success with Jessica Kurten, including winning nine five-star grands prix and the Rolex Top Ten title. Jessica and "Libby" were renowned for their agility and speed in a jump-off — very few modern combinations could catch them against the clock.

Libby travelled to Kuala Lumpur and finished runner-up in the 2006 World Cup final, a competition won by her sire in 1994. Libero H, a Holsteiner by Landgraf I out of a Ronald mare, combined his stud career with competing at top level and sired fewer offspring than many of his contemporaries. Despite this, more than 25% of his foals went on to show jumper internationally.

Libby’s damsire, Polydor, stood at the Westphalian State Stud until his death in 1999. He was by Pilatus out of a Hanoverian mare and his pedigree is also packed with show jumping stars. As Polydor was breeding until he died age 27, his offspring are still performing with distinction at top level.

Libby will now be put in foal to Lady Forbes’s stallion Castle Forbes Vivaldo Van Het, a son of Clinton out of a Randel Z mare, who also jumped internationally with Jessica. This will be an exciting mating as Vivaldo, whose first crop was born in 2009, is a three-parts brother to the championship performer Cornet Obolensky and has an exceptional pedigree.

Exciting times should be ahead for Ireland’s show jumpers.