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Two foals cloned from the recently deceased Irish stallion Cruising were born in 2012, the stud which bred the pair has revealed.
The McCann family of Hartwell Stud in Co Kildare, who bred and owned the world-renowned show jumping sire, agreed to have DNA samples taken from the horse, who died last September at the age of 29.
The two clones, named Cruising Arish and Cruising Encore, will be available to breeders in 2015.
It is understood to be the first time a horse has been cloned in Ireland.
Horse Sport Ireland CEO Damian McDonald said in recent years rules permitting the registration of clones were altered, following the FEI’s move to allow clones to compete in affiliated horse sport competition.
“Cloning won’t be something everyone will embrace but it is another option for breeders and Cruising’s genetics are traditionally Irish, which is important to a cohort of breeders,” McDonald said.
Cruising, who jumped on numerous Nations’ Cups for Ireland and finished second in the 1999 World Cup final, sired many famous show jumpers and eventers, including Flexible, 2012 World Cup champion and US Show Jumper of the Year; Mo Chroí, Mr Medicott and Mr Cruise Control.
He is the only stallion to have obtained 5 star rating for his own performance and 5 star ratings for his progeny’s performance in Eventing and Show jumping.
Hartwell Stud said: “As the traditional Irish Horse is sought after worldwide, it is hoped the two clones – Cruising Arish and Cruising Encore, holding 100% of Cruising’s genes will keep Ireland’s reputation of breeding world-class performance horses to the fore.”