Friday, May 4, 2018

Foundation Sire: Calypso II

This is the seventh installment of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s Foundation Friday. Every other Friday we will be featuring a foundation sire - one who has been influential in the development of warmblood breeds. We pull from the incredible archive of The Horse Magazine, published by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise! 

Foundation Sire: Calypso II
1974 – 1995
1.71 m 
Breeder: Otto Ernst Lill

Calypso II has been one of the most important sires in both Holstein and Hannover, where he bred international competitors and influential breeding stallions. It was Calypso II who introduced the Cor de la Bryère blood to Hanover, ushering in a new era of Hanoverian jumping breeding.

He was stationed in Holstein until 1986, and then he was leased by the State Stud Celle from 1987 to 1989. From 1990 until his death from colic in 1995, he stood at the Amselhof Walle, the private stud owned by Joachim Kemmer, father of dressage rider Heike.
Calypso II progeny tend to show not only great jumping form, but also a wonderful rideability. He produced a number of international performers including Calyno, Chin Chin, Cheyenne, Crazy Cocktail, Montemorelos la Silla, Caras J, Dobel’s Cara Mia, Asien, Cartier S, Capella 3, Champ of Class and Zarina de San Patrignano. 

His last appearance in the Hanoverian stallion book was in 2006, where he is credited with 891 competition horses with winnings of €1,606,332 comprising 185 dressage horses, 20 at S level, and 620 jumpers with 135 competing at S level. Sixteen of his progeny earned more than €15,000, with the most successful Chin Chin with €60,302 followed by Capella with €43,497. Calypso II produced a number of licensed sons for Holstein: Contender, Classiker and Champ of Class. Classiker stood for only three seasons, producing three stallion sons: Colani, Charon and Claas J.

Calypso II’s first Hanoverian foal crop produced three more stallions: Chasseur I, a successful sire of showjumpers, his slightly less successful brother, Chasseur II, and Crazy Cocktail, who was initially not approved for Hanover and only gained approval after his own competition successes, at a time when his progeny were already enjoying success at an international level. To safeguard the bloodline, three more sons - Cardano, Carismo (stallion performance test winner) and Compliment - were acquired by Amselhof Walle.

Calypso II’s great gift to the breeding world was the stallion, Contender.

To read the entire article, with pedigree and more offspring details, on the Horse Magazine website, click here

There are several stallion descendants of Calypso II in North America. Click on the following links to read about each of the ones on

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