LM LIBRETTO, Chestnut stallion, *1991 (Drago / Dadobia)
Breeder: La Movida Arabians, owner: Al-Qahira Arabians, Martina Minhard.
Strain: Not Recorded (Arabka de Pompadour).
Today, Al-Qahira Stud, founded in 1997 by Martina Minhard in Söll, Tyrol, is the largest stud for Arabians of Spanish bloodlines in Austria – it includes 25 horses: 3 stallions, 9 mares and youngstock. In only 10 years, which is a short time in breeding, Mrs Minhard managed to be awarded with the WAHO Trophy 2007 for the successes of her foundation stallion L.M. Libretto and those of his offspring.
L.M. Libretto is the sire of 15 foals and grandsire of 10 foals, among which his daughter Espinosa Qahira out of Shamal is the most successful sports horse in the stud so far, followed by GS Amorosa who has completed her performance test in racing at the Warsaw racetrack: 10 races (1/1/1/2).
To list all achievements of Espinosa Qahira and L.M. Libretto would exceed the attention of the readers – the greatest triumph of Espinosa Qahira, however, was her title of 2005 European Champion Classic All-Around at Stadl Paura. For this sensational sports result she was honoured with the cover picture of the magazine Araber Journal 8/2005.
The most important awards for L.M. Libretto are: Bronze medal Driving All-Around European Championship 2003 and European Reserve Champion Classic All-Around 2005 at Stadl Paura as well as winner of the get of sire class at the Danube Trophy 2004. He is also an excellent driving horse and he still to this day pulls the carriage or sleigh at home.
Next to L.M. Libretto himself, 3 mares and 1 stallion among his offspring are performance tested. The stallion Vendaval Qahira, born in 2002, did his performance test at Stadl Paura this year. The bay Valeroso Qahira out of Bel Princess is already a breeding stallion, he represents L.M. Libretto at shows and was awarded the National Junior Reserve Champion title in Wels 2003 and the International Junior Champion title in St. Pölten as well as placing Top 5 at shows in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. His full-brother Quirinal Qahira, born in 2004, was Reserve Champion Foal in Wels.
Until today, the stud has exported horses to Italy and Switzerland and owns at present the most horses within the Association of purebred Arabian breeders in Austria (VVÖ), who are constantly achieving the highest ranks in sports results.
Mrs. Martina Minhard, owner and Mrs. Anne Heiloo, President of VVOE.
Photo by: Gutersohn