Gem Twist, ET clones produce first foals

| 5 May 2012 9:43 am
Huan Twang, ET-Cryozootech's first foal born in The Netherlands.

Huan Twang, ET-Cryozootech's first foal born in The Netherlands.

Two colts cloned from famous geldings by Cryozootech have produced their first progeny this season.

ET-Cryozootech, the clone of the renowned German showjumper ET, has had foals in his home country of France and has now gone international with the birth of a filly foal in The Netherlands. The filly is from the KWPN mare S Bulisina R, by Mermus R and from the Joost mare Bulisina.

The  filly, who is on the market, was bred by Adelbert Regeling.

Frozen semen from ET-Cryozootech is now available in the US, New Zealand and Argentina.

The first foal of Gemini, the clone of US showjumping Olympic silver medalist, the thoroughbred gelding Gem Twist has been born in US.

Gemini's first foal.

Gemini's first foal.

The colt foal, from the thoroughbred mare Otherwise Engaged, was born at the farm of Gem Twist’s owner Frank Chapot. Otherwise Engaged was owned and ridden by Laura McKenna from Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Gem Twist died in November 2006, and Gemini was born in 2008.

Gemini is registered and approved by the AES studbook, and his semen is also available in Europe.

Cryozootech also reports that Quidam de Revel II Z (cl), the clone of top jumping and eventing sire Quidam de Revel, has served mares at the stud farm of Joris de Brabander, who said: “We are in the era of clones, and I want to prove  that he is the same stallion as the original. I trust in it and I am convinced that his genetics are really the same and that he will produce the same foals.”

The first clone of Quidam de Revel born in the US was Paris-Texas, who was born in 2005.

The colt was cloned from the adult skin cells biopsied from Quidam de Revel by  Cryozootech, and was cloned by the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Quidam de Revel II Z (cl)

Quidam de Revel II Z (cl)

Prometea, the world’s first cloned horse, produced a foal in 2008. The halfinger mare was unveiled in 2003 as the world’s first horse clone.

Cryozootech was founded in 2001  and is dedicated to preserving the genes of exceptional horses for their use in producing cloned offspring.

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ET's clone ET-Cryozootech

ET's clone ET-Cryozootech.


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  1. Judith Pobjecky says:

    We don’t have enough horses already? Overbreeding by horse breeders and the racing association in this country should be ashamed. The American horse is already under enough pressure and now the Obama administration wants to slaughter them….come on guys. Take care of what you’ve got.

    • steph says:

      i completly agree with what judith probjecky said..!! its just like our kaimanawhas they are finding it hard to find them homes for the muster this year but yet people are out there cloning other horses come on guys…!!

  2. Mary says:

    I HIGHLY doubt you will ever find an offspring of one of Gem Twist’s clones in a kill pen. There is still a thriving market for high quality horses out there.

  3. Finola says:

    From a personal viewpoint, I have loved and lost horses and dogs whose demise left a huge hole in my heart. Maybe it seems selfish, but I would wish them to live again, and for my lifetime. If they are not in Heaven, I am not inclined to go there.

  4. Janet Schultz says:

    I hate to remind everyone, but horses are always at risk. Depending on who their owner is and the presenty financial condition of that owner, the horse is expendbale and once out of the hands of anyone who cares what their previous “high quality is” once starved and brutalized by the auction, slaughter pipeline, they become just meat. Mary – I do hope you are anti-slaughter. Because your attitude is proven to be erroneous time and time again. A son of Huckleberry Bey was just rescued from the kill pens in Oregon. I’d say that was a high quality horse wouldn’t you? I can go on and on. Don’t hide your head in the sand, saying that slaughter is only for “low quality” horses because horse becomes just meat when a kill buyer buys it.

    Myself, I think cloning is a joke if it is to breed others. If it were to save a breed – due to mankinds carelessness – cloning is the last hope. But saving an animal so you can continue your pattern of profit off their flesh is deplorable.

    • Synn says:

      …come on. Can you name even two horses of pedigree from Olympic/FEI level parents, that’s ended up in a kill pen. Come one, let’s see it.

      I understand compassionate nature, but you’re conflating two very different issues through fearmongering, and nothing more.

      • AmbL says:

        Actually not often, because if unfit to show or breed they tend to have those unfortunate but all too common “insurance accidents” instead.

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