Horse Association must accept clones on registry

The American Quarter Horse Association has been ordered to accept cloned horses into its registry by a jury in the courtoom of U.S. District Court Judge Mary Lou Robinson. They were sued by a pair of Texas breeders, who said the organization's practice of excluding cloned horses was monopolistic. The judge did rule on awarding costs to the breeders, who spent some $900,000 on the case.

No other horse breeding registry allows cloned animals, although the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association allows cloned horses to compete in rodeos.

Some quarter horse owners and breeders have complained that cloned animals have an unfair advantage because they are selected according to superior genetic characteristics.

U.S. horse association will be ordered to allow clones on registry

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  1. Somewhere the value of someone's gelding just doubled.

  2. Glitch says:

    "Some quarter horse owners and breeders have complained that cloned animals have an unfair advantage because they are selected according to superior genetic characteristics."

    So let me get this straight. One group of people - who select animals according to superior genetic characteristics - are complaining that a different group of people are selecting animals according to superior genetic characteristics?

    Whether you achieve a desired type of animal by breeding or by cloning, you're still selecting animals according to genetic characteristics. You can't fault cloners for doing the exact same thing you do, except more efficiently.

  3. You don't need to be posh to breed horses or be involved in equine sport. It's actually a clique where people from myriad backgrounds mingle and enjoy each other's company. Like Craigslist orgies. I digress.

    What WILL happen is that no-one will sell you a horse anymore, they'll just license you one and only if you agree to the EULA not to make unauthorised copies.

  4. time says:

    The industry does use frozen semen. Most often it is used in proven horses so that a particular stallion will be having offspring years after his death. There are some that will collect a prospective colt before gelding but it is not generally cost effective. If the horse does not perform well, the effort and cost is wasted. Again, it benefits the money folks which in turn creates a monopoly.

    To be clear, I don't fear cloning or even frozen semen long term. Using cloning and frozen semen(for a longer duration breeding program) stalls the advancement of the breed. You don't get improved traits if you narrow the gene pool by breeding to clones or old stallions.

    I do fear the short term damage to the industry as new people interested in an equine sport will be shut out and unable to compete when/if there is a surge of horses, all closely related, at the top of the performance curve. There is no room for new people to get involved. This is already an issue in the racing industry. As top tier owners/breeders corner the market on genetically superior horses, they only have themselves to race against.

    But to your point, yes frozen semen does offer the ability to deal with gelding. That just goes to my point that those wanting clones are trying to fix a decision they made and lost on.

  5. time says:

    Just Charmayne's web site.

    If I'm marketing a stallion, I don't mention anything not flattering. The fact that the horse has not accomplished anything worth mention speaks volumes. A clone of a ten time world champion would have been tried.

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