The American Quarter Horse Association has won its case over accepting the registrations of cloned horses.
On October 26, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit entered an order denying the petition by plaintiffs Jason Abraham and Gregg Veneklasen for rehearing of the opinion that rendered judgment for the AQHA in the cloning lawsuit.
Specifically, that opinion held that the plaintiffs’ evidence did not prove a conspiracy to restrain trade and that “AQHA is not a competitor in the allegedly relevant market for elite Quarter Horses.”
“We are delighted with this decision,” said Craig Huffhines, AQHA executive vice-president. “Our staff and legal teams have devoted countless hours fighting for our members’ rights, and we’re grateful for the Fifth Circuit’s decision that leaves intact the well-reasoned opinion in AQHA’s favor.”
In April 2012, Jason Abraham and two of his related companies, Abraham & Veneklasen Joint Venture and Abraham Equine Inc., filed a lawsuit against the AQHA in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Amarillo, seeking to force AQHA to repeal Rule 227(a) (now Rule REG106.1) to allow cloned horses and their offspring to be eligible for registration with AQHA. These plaintiffs also sought money damages from AQHA.
In July 2013 US District Judge Mary Lou Robinson ordered the association was ordered to immediately start accepting the registration of clones, which the AQHA appealed.