Two clones from Olympic dressage horse Rusty

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Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, where they won team gold and individual bronze.
Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, where they won team gold and individual bronze.

Clones of Ulla Salzgeber’s champion dressage horse Rusty have been unveiled this week, one in the USA and one in Europe.

Rusty Clone 1
Rusty Clone 1 Rusty Clone 2 Rusty Clone 2

The two yearlings are being raised by cloning specialist Cryozootech to become stallions.

“Rusty clone 1” is being raised at the company’s facilities in Sonchamp, France, while “Rusty clone 2” is being brought up at Puntaci Farm, Gainesville, Texas.

Owned by Sergio and Jan Elia, Puntaci Farm arranges international horse transport and also breeds reining and cutting quarter horses and paints. Sergio Elia has worked with Cryozootech since 2005 in exporting clones to Europe.

Cryozootech said it was considering partnerships with top dressage riders or breeders for the two Rusty clones. Another option is that the pair is sold.

Rusty, a Latvian warmbloood by Rebus and out of Akra, retired after the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, where he won individual silver and team gold medals, to add to his team gold and individual bronze at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Rusty also won team gold and individual bronze at the World Equestrian Games in 1998, and team gold and individual bronze in 2002.

He was also a member of the of the European Champion Team four times from 1997 to 2003, and was individual champion in 1999, 2001, and 2003.

Etonnanate Z, one of the first foals by ET's clone E.T.-Cryozootech born this year. The foal, from Diana Phir, was born in April.
Etonnanate Z, one of the first foals by ET’s clone E.T.-Cryozootech born this year. The foal, from Diana Phir, was born in April.

• In other cloning news, the first three foals by E.T.-Cryozootech have been born at the company’s premises in France, with the next foals due in USA, Argentina, Belgium, and New Zealand.

• Showjumping stable Team Murka has added the Gem Twist clone Murka’s Gem to its stable.

Now a yearling, Murka’s Gem is being stabled in the United States. He will remain there until the New Year 2013 when he will be flown to Great Britain to stand at stud.

Owned and bred by Frank Chapot, the Thoroughbred gelding was competed for the US by Greg Best, Leslie Howard and Frank and Mary Chapot’s daughter, Laura Chapot. He was born in 1979 and died in 2006.

Murka’s Gem is the second clone of Gem Twist, one of the most successful show jumping horses of all time. The first was Gemini, who was foaled in 2008.

Murka's Gem.
Murka’s Gem.

Olga White, founder of Team Murka, said: “It is absolutely unbelievable that we have a perfectly entire clone of Gem Twist, recognised by many as the greatest show jumper to have lived and competed. For my rider, Peter Charles, this is a dream come true. A few years ago we would not even have dreamed.

“Gem Twist was a horse with a heart of gold who would never say die. This is what makes a good show jumper into a great show jumper,” White said.

“Whilst the FEI has recently lifted restrictions on clones and their offspring competing, there are currently no plans to compete Murka’s Gem. He will be an addition to and instrumental in Team Murka’s breeding programme.”

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Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty at the 2004 Olympic Games.
Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty at the 2004 Olympic Games.
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