Friday, September 10, 2021

Calypso II for Foundation Friday

  Enjoy one of Warmblood Stallions of North America’s more popular Foundation Friday posts!  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 Magazinepublished by Chris Hector of Australia. Thank you, Chris, for permission to draw on your expertise!

171 cm
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.

Calypso II progeny tend to show not only great jumping form, but also a wonderful rideability. 

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. 

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

To read the full article as it was published on The Horse Magazine website - along with full pedigree of Calypso II, click here. The publisher and creator of this incredible resource, Christopher Hector, is the author of The Making of the Warmblood Horse.

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

Clintord I
Contiano BF
Leapfrog WT

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