The British show jumping ownership group Team Murka will stand a clone of Gem Twist at stud in Great Britain starting in 2013.
The clone foal, named Murka’s Gem, was born in the United States in 2011 through the French genetic bank Cryozootech and the agreement of the Chapot family. He is the second horse to be cloned from the world-famous Thoroughbred show jumper Gem Twist (Good Twist—Coldly Noble), who died in 2006. Gemini, the first clone, was born in 2008 and currently stands at Frank, Mary and Laura Chapot’s Chado Farm (N.J.).
Olga White, founder of Team Murka, told WorldofShowJumping.com : “It is absolutely unbelievable that we have a perfectly entire clone of Gem Twist, recognized 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. Thanks to Frank and Mary Chapot and the assistance of Eric Palmer from Cryozootech, it is now a reality.”
Gem Twist, who won team and individual silver with Greg Best at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea, was one of the most successful show jumpers of the late 20th century.