Clone of Show Jumping Gelding Born

Researchers announced the June 2 birth of a clone of the Warmblood show jumping champion E.T. The colt, named E.T.Cryozootech-Stallion, was produced to further the 20-year-old gelding's line.

According to release from Cryozootech, a French company that banks equine genetic material, E.T. won "all major show jumping competitions" between 1994 and 2003, including the World Cup twice. The horse was castrated at three years of age, well before his athletic potential was realized.

"In September 2003, Hugo Simon, E.T.'s rider, and Eric Palmer (Cryozootech's founder)...decided together that E.T. should have offspring," the release explained. "E.T.'s cloning process was started in collaboration with Texas (A&M) University, who had already participated with the production of Quidam de Revel's clone." (That clone of another famous show jumper was born in 2005 and was named Paris Texas--"

A laboratory test has shown E.T.'s clone is genetically identical to the champion. The colt has a stripe and two socks on his hind legs, just like E.T., but "the fine and sideways stripe on his nose is very different from E.T.'s blaze," said the release. Scientists told The Horse that cells for white pigmentation can migrate differently in different individuals with identical genetic material.

Palmer reports the company has banked genetic material of 49 horses, and it has received a total of seven orders for sport horse clones. A clone of Calvaro V, another champion show jumper, is expected this summer, and a clone of dressage champion Rusty is expected in 2007.

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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