First Foal Sired by Cloned Stallion Born

The first foal sired by a cloned stallion is now nearly a month old. The filly, named Pierazade du Vialaret, is the first get of stallion Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion, a clone of two-time World Champion endurance horse Pieraz.

The original Pieraz is an Arabian gelding. He was cloned so that his exact genes could be perpetuated. Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion was born in February 2005 at the Laboratorio di Tecnologie della Riproduzione-Consorzio per l'Incremento Zootecnico (LTR-CIZ), a research facility on the outskirts of Cremona, Italy.

Filly sired by cloned stallion Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion

Pierazade du Vialaret, a filly sired by a clone of endurance champion Pieraz.

The new filly was born May 5. She is out of a mare named Dziupla, a foundation broodmare mare owned by Christian Genieys of Elevage du Vialaret, an endurance breeding program in Campagnac, France.

The first horse clone, a Haflinger mare named Prometea, gave birth to her first colt earlier this year. The colt, named Pegaso, was born March 17 and is the first offspring of a cloned equine. He was sired by Haflinger stallion Abendfurst, using artificial insemination. For more on this see "First Offspring of an Equine Clone Born in Italy."

According to a statement from Cryozootech announcing the birth of Pierazade du Vialaret, plans are under way to breed Prometea to Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion this year.

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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