A clone of Ulla Salzgeber’s champion dressage horse Rusty is now under saddle at the age of two and a half.
Named “Rusty Clone 1”, the young colt had outgrown his herd and to avoid injury he was separated and started under saddle.
He took to being started very well and is now in light work.
Two clones of Rusty were revealed in May 2013 as yearlings, with Rusty Clone 1 being raised at the facilities of cloning specialist Cryozootech in Sonchamp, France, while “Rusty Clone 2″ is being brought up at Puntaci Farm, Gainesville, Texas.
Both are destined for the breeding barn.
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.