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Ermitage Kalone

Ermitage Kalone is a hugely successful competition stallion and proven sire.


This still relatively young stallion has become a favorite amongst the crowds where ever he goes. His attractive looks and outstanding temperament only add to how exceptional he is. It’s his success with his rider, Gilles Thomas, however, that makes him so remarkable.

Together the pair have racked up formidable successes across the international circuit:

3 days clear in CSIYH 7Y Opglabbeek 13-16/01
6th Final CSIYH 7Y Valkenswaard 10/05
3 days clear in CSIYH 7Y Valkenswaard 16-18/07
4th Final CSIYH 7Y Lier 5/09

3 days clear in CSIYH 8Y Opglabbeek 13-16/01
2nd CSI** GP Valkenswaard 1m45
3rd CSI*** Brussels 1m45 LR
5th CSI***** Mechelen SIRES OF THE WORLD 1m45

6th CSI**** Vejer de la Frontera 1m50
5th CSI** Valkenswaard 1m45 GP
2nd CSI**** Moerzeke 1m55
5th CSI**** Moerzeke 1m50
6th CSI**** Maastricht GP 1m55
5th CSI***** Mechelen GP

Crowned ELITE STALLION of the BWP studbook
3rd CSI**** Vejer de la Frontera 1m55 GP
9th CSI*** St Tropez – Gassin 1m50 GP


Ermitage Kalone is by the exceptional stallion, Catoki, who is the sire to more than 20 approved sons in Germany, including Canoso who received a perfect 10 for jump and Coolio, who was the 2016 Hannoverian Sales Topper at €140,000. 2016 was the “Catoki year” with many top performers such as Eric Navet’s Catypso who won the World cup GP in the USA, Ludger Beerbaum’s new rising star Cool Down, Cordel, Carriere, Contanga… all GP5* winners.
Ermitage’s dam is the Kannan daughter, Belleaventure Kalone, who was injured as a young horse and was only used for breeding. Ermitage is her first product. His grandmother Blague du Maury jumped at 1m35 level herself. She is the mother of Vertige Kalone (Berlin) who jumps at 1.45 level and also Prestige Kalone (Potter du Manaou) who jumps 1.60 under Phillippe Rozier. Jasione aa his 3rd mother is also the dam of the stallion Quercus du Maury and grandmother of the well-known Anglo-Arab stallion, Fusain du Defey. This Anglo line is a very well-known and sought-after line for its sport horses as well as the approved stallions that have already emerged from it.

Breed: Selle Francais
Height: 17hh, 174cm
Colour: Chestnut
Year Born: 2014
Country of Origin: Belgium
Resident in South Africa: No
Semen Available: Frozen
Stud Fee: €400 deposit + €1,600 pregnancy fee (Live foal guarantee)
Contact: Iconic Sires
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Catoki (Holst)
Cambridge (Holst)
Bilda (Holst)
Caletto I (Holst)
Hilgunde (Holst)
Silvester (Holst)
Vordula (Holst)
Bellaventure Kalone (SF)
Kannan (KWPN)
Blague du Maury (AA)
Voltaire (Hann)
Cemeta (KWPN)
Veloce de Favi (AA)
Jasione (AA)



Although still very young (the first were born in 2018), Ermitage’s offspring have already proven their worth. Sunday JM placed 3rd at the BWP stallion approval 2021, Soliel Optimus was approved for BWP and purchased by VDL Stud, Extreme D’Emma Z was the eye-catcher at the BWP stallion approval 2022, and Ultra Star JM and Vitalis JS were both BWP Stallion Approval Champions in 2023 and 2024 respectively.

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