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Cloned showjumper ET dies at 25

Hugo Simon’s champion showjumper ET has been euthanised at the age of 25.

Hugo Simon and ET in action.

Hugo Simon and ET in action.

The hanoverian showjumper ET (Espri x Gracia by Garibaldi II) was one of the first horses to be cloned, and his clone, E.T.Cryozootech-Stallion, now has progeny on the ground.

ET was gelded as a three-year-old, and between 1994 and 2003 he led the world showjumping rankings for three consecutive years, and was twice World Cup winner.

In September 2003, Hugo Simon, E.T.’s rider, and Eric Palmer, who founded the French company Cryozootech, started the cloning process while ET was still competing. E.T.Cryozootech-Stallion was born in 2006. He has been approved as a stallion by Zangersheide Studbook and the AES studbook.

Like the original, E.T.Cryozootech-Stallion has a blaze and two hind socks. A DNA test carried out by the official laboratory Labogena showed the pair were genetically identical.

ET’s paddock mate Apricot D, the grey gelding who Hugo Simon rode to team silver at the 1992 Olympics and fourth place in the 1994 World Cup final, was also euthanised. He was 28.

 

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