Calypso D'Herbiers is a beautiful stallion with remarkable gaits, suppleness, very good temperament, and all the spirit known to top performers. He produces nice and easy jumpers, eventers, and dressage horses which are easy to sell and very appreciated by their riders.
In 1993, Calypso won the 3 year old French stallion championship, and over the following two years he accomplished what no other French horse had ever done. Not only was he the triple French champion of hunters, dressage, and jumping as a 4 year old, he was also went on to be the French show jumping champion as a 5 and 6 year old and was the only horse classed Elite over 250!
In 1997, he was the French reserve champion of the 7 year old jumpers, and following these great achievements as a young horse, he went on to a very successful career regularly placing and winning nationally and internationally. He won the 1998 Metz Grand Prix and the 1999 CSIA Deauville Grand Prix and was 2nd at the 2000 SCIA Jerez Grand Prix. After a year off in 2001 at stud, he came back in 2002 to win the Rome Nations Cup and the Cannes Grand Prix, and he was highly placed in competitions like the Bordeaux World Cup and the Hickstead Nations Cup.
In the following years he won the Canteleu and Lyon Grand Prixs as well as the CSIO La Baule Derby and Port Mort Grand Prix. His final year of competition was 2005, and in that year he won the La Courneuve CSI3* and was ranked in the top 6 at the La Baule Derby and CSI5*, the Cannes CSI4*, and at the Port Mort CSI3*.
Calypso's sire, Hurlevent produced more than 600 national and international show jumping winners such as the private stallions Urleven Pironnière, Pamphile (CSIO winner), Fosbury, Homere and des Ruelles; the CSIO show jumper Quincy Pironnière; the CSI show jumper Aurnella; and numerous ISO show jumpers such as Moon de la Couture, Pilou II, Original III, Pallas du Plessis, , Red River III, Sabatina des Prés, Tebelle II, Traque le Vent, Trésor des Isles, and Ultra Marine.
Calypso's dam, Niobe d' Orvault was a producer of top ISO 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 show jumpers. She was out of Petite Main xx, Calypso's great granddam, who produced racing Thoroughbreds as well as the interesting stallion, Philemon xx. who was used widely in as an event sire.
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.