Poetin’s time on Earth was short, but the Dutch Warmblood mare by Sandro Hit will live on in a cloned filly, born March 30, 2007.
Poetin created quite a stir in the dressage world before her death in 2005. The 2003 World Young Dressage Horse 6-Year-Old Champion, Poetin was sold at the 2003 PSI auction for a record-breaking $2.95 million.
Two years later she was nowhere to be found as the De Keizershoeve stud farm, which owned her, tried to avoid bankruptcy. But she was discovered at a veterinary clinic and auctioned off again to Xavier Marie, who owns Haras de Hus in Petit Mars, France, in September of 2005.
Unfortunately, she was humanely destroyed shortly thereafter because of incurable laminitis. A lawsuit then followed, as there was speculation that steroids, given to Poetin before the auction, caused her to founder.
But now, her thrilling story lives on in the new filly clone. Marie contacted the French cloning company Cryozootech to preserve cells from Poetin before her death according to www.eurodressage.com.
A leader in the horse cloning industry, Cryozootech, has already cloned endurance legend Pieraz and show jumper E.T. The Pieraz clone began his stud career this year.