Clones ~ what's the deal there? I don't get it.
:confused: In the Sept. issue of Practical Horseman there is a couple of small blurbs, on two pages about the clones of Gem Twist. On page 73 it says another of GT's clones (Murka's Gem) was born in 2011 and will be whisked off to Great Briton for stud (????).
On page 76 there is a picture of someone sitting on Gemini (clone one), at a stand still. He was born in 2008, and is standing stud at Frank Chapot's New jersey farm. He is already the sire of a foal of 2012, born of a TB mare.
Why isn't this business of sucessfully producing clones BIG NEWS? Why aren't the owners anxious to see if the actual clone can perform like, or at all as well as the original (horse)? You'd think there would be videos of the baby's movement as he grows all over the place.
And even though the mainstream breed registries won't recognize the clone, why don't the owners train the horse up anyway, and just show open? I know that in point-to-point races, the horse only has to have been "fairly hunted", no papers needed. I myself showed jumpers forever, and they never needed papers for open shows.
And so, what's the advantage of breeding the clones then??? So Gemini was bred to a TB mare... now what? If there was a registry, what would be put on the foal's papers for the sire? "Sire unknown", dam is: (her real reg. name)? I guess I'm scratching my head, because I don't see the rush to the breeding shed, without making an effort to show the world that the clone can, or not, perform quite like his original self.
The aritcle does say that the FEI is studying the matter, and might allow eventually their entry into international events.
But so this just puts us back to my original inquiry. If they aren't trained up to perform in public at some venue, and you can't get papers from their breed association, what's the point? Anyone have any ideas? (And why breed them so young??????) :confused: