ViaGen Equine Benefits
Ever wish you could have offspring from a champion gelding? Cloning offers the possibility to fulfill that desire by producing an intact male that is genetically identical to a champion gelding. Likewise, as your best mare ages and reaches the end of her reproductive years, you can clone her and then use the new mare to continue to produce offspring.
While not every animal is suitable for cloning, the opportunity to protect and multiply the genetics of superior animals makes cloning a valuable tool for horse owners and breeders.
Cloning also offers a kind of insurance. The impact of injury or loss of a popular stud is greatly reduced if another stud with the same genes is available.
Whatever breed of horse you have, ViaGen will help you:
- Extend the reproductive life of top-producing animals
- Produce studs that are genetically identical to top-performing geldings
- Keep up with demand for their semen, embryos and offspring
- Preserve their genes as insurance against unexpected injury or loss
Horse Success Stories
Charmayne James and Scamper
Barrel racing champion Charmayne James retired from competition in 2003 in order to devote more time to building her horse breeding program in Athens, Texas. Scamper, the quarter horse that carried Charmayne to ten of her 11 World Championship titles, is a gelding, which meant that the only way Charmayne could include him in her breeding program would be to clone him and breed his clone. After doing a bit of research, she found that the decision to clone was easy.
- Rodeo champion Charmayne James introduces her cloned foal Clayton to his genetic donor, the famous barrel racing horse Scamper.
- "Just your middle-of-the-road barrel horses are from $1,000 to $5,000 a breeding, and they breed 50 mares a year," Charmayne says. Fees from breeding such horses would more than cover the $150,000 cost of cloning. Because Scamper is an exceptional horse — he's the only barrel racing horse to be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame — cloning him should prove to be a very rewarding investment.
- "My interest is in making the best barrel racing horses out there," Charmayne says.
- Charmayne hired ViaGen to clone Scamper, and on August 8, 2006, Scamper's identical twin was born in Boerne, Texas. Charmayne named him Clayton, after the New Mexico town where she first met Scamper.
- "He looks so much like Scamper — when I walked in the stall and looked at him, the hair on the back of my neck just stood up," Charmayne says. "There's no doubt that they are much alike. Clayton is so tough and strong."
Though the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has no limits on using cloned horses in competition, Charmayne does not plan to race Clayton, because she regards him as too valuable to risk injury. Instead, she’ll use him exclusively for breeding.