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Calypso's dam, Niobe d' Orvault was a producer of top show jumpers as well as the licensed stallions, Norton du Gravant, Esprit de Conquete, Fosbury, and Imperial d'Herbiers. His granddam was the exceptional mare, Premiere Main xx, who produced the Olympic Games participant, Lafayette, as well as many other top showjumpers. She was out of Petite Main xx, Calypso's great granddam, who produced racing Thoroughbreds as well as the interesting stallion, Philemon xx, who has been extensively as an eventer sire.

Calypso d'Herbiers began breeding in 1995. He is now a renowned French stallion which has a very high percentage of his offspring who are well indexed: Ibis de la Commune ISO 124 exported to Ecuador ; Icare St Lois national stallion, 6 YO Eventing World Vice-Champion, ICC 146, ISO 129 ; Idaho de Semilly ISO 133 ; Idane de la Cour ISO 152 ; Igoline de Calyps, 1st of the french 3 years old fillies in 1999, exported to Belgium and then to USA; Impériale du Dalot ISO 136 ; Kaline des Etisses ISO 140 ; Kelyane de la Palatie ISO 133 ; Kepi du Pave ISO 139 ; Kiddie du Reverdy ISO 135 ; Kim Jourdanière ISO 135; Leo des Etisses ICC 133 ; Peppermint Semilly ISO 138 ; Roxana de la Fosse ISO 136 ; Samba de Loula ICC 136 ; …

From 1993 to 1996, Calypso d’Herbiers accomplished what no other French horse had ever done. As a 3YO, 4YO and 5YO he won the French Stallion championship, three years in a row.

As a 5Yo he was ranked Elite stallion, with an ISO of 138. In 1994, at 4 YO, he was triple French Champion of Hunters, Dressage (Elite, IDR 130) and Jumping (Elite, ISO 128) !

He then went on a successful showjumping career, being regularly placed in national and international classes (1st at Metz Grand Prix 1998, 1st at Deauville CSIA GP 1999, 2nd at Jerez CSIA GP 2000, 7th at Maastricht CSIA GP 2001, etc).

After a year at stud, Calypso d'Herbiers came back in 2002 (12th at Bordeaux World Cup GP, 8th at La Baule GP, 1st at Rome Nations Cup, 11th at Rome GP, 1st at Cannes GP, 5th at Hickstead Nations Cup, 5th at La Coruna GP, and 12th at Jardy GP, etc.). In 2003, he was the winner of Canteleu and Lyon GP, 7th at Cannes GP. In 2004, he won the CSIO La Baule's Derby and the Port Mort GP. In 2005, he has been placed in many national classes (2nd at Auvers, 2nd and 4th at St-Lô) and international classes (6th of La Baule Derby and another CSI***** class, 1st at La Courneuve CSI***, 4th at Cannes CSI****, 6th and 4th at Port Mort CSI***). Calypso totaled more than € 184,000 in prize money during his competitive career.

Calypso d’Herbiers is a beautiful stallion with remarkable gaits, balance, suppleness, very good temperament and the fighting spirit of top performers. He is a versatile sire: he produces nice and easy jumpers, eventers and dressage horses who are very appreciated by their riders. Coming from this impressive dam line, Calypso is one of the rare stallions which can be crossed like a thoroughbred without its disadvantages. He crosses well with tall, strong mares. He stamps his foals with style, outstanding gaits, energy, a good mind and suppleness. His numerous successful offspring are very marketable having a high degree of rideability. It is rare to find a stallion so well indexed in three disciplines. He is ranked "Very Good" as a Selle Francais sire for jumping and dressage, and "Elite" for eventing

His sire, Hurlevent, has produced more than 600 national and international showjumping winners, such as the private stallions : Urleven Pironnière, great CSIO winner, IE SO, ISO 181 ; Pamphile, ISO 145 ; Fosbury, ISO 143 ; Homere des Ruelles, ISO 140 ; the showjumpers : Moon de la Couture, ISO 166 ; Pilou II, IE SO ; Original III, ISO 154 ; Pallas du Plessis, ISO 155 ; Quincy Pironnière, CSIO, ISO 164 ; Red River III, IE SO ; Sabatina des Prés, IE SO, ISO 163 ; Tebelle II, ISO 150 ; Traque le Vent, IE SO ; Trésor des Isles, ISO 152 ; Ultra Marine, IE SO ; Aurnella, CSI, ISO 180 ; Betsy du Soutrait, IE SO ; Darius du Plessis, ICC 151 ; Diamant du Gaty, IE SO, ISO 160 ; Draak des Vavres, ISO 152 ; Elite de la Folie, ISO 158 ; Finesse, ISO 153; Futé de l'Herse, ISO 161.

Calypso d’Herbiers 
(Hurlevent x Double Espoir)

Selle Français – 1990 – Chestnut – 16.1h – ISO 179
Ranked Elite Eventing Selle Francais Stallion

CSIO *****

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