Cloned Horses Allowed To Compete In The Olympics

It won’t be long before the basketball championship consists of an American squad of Michael Jordan clones squaring off against a foreign squad of Michael Jordan clones with pencil mustaches. Slate reports:

Reversing an earlier ban, the international governing body for equestrian sports has decided that cloned horses can compete alongside their traditionally bred counterparts.

“The FEI will not forbid participation of clones or their progenies in FEI competitions,” the Federation Equestre Internationale said after its June meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, according to The Chronicle of the Horse. “The FEI will continue to monitor further research, especially with regard to equine welfare.”

That’s good news for two companies—ViaGen in Texas and Cryozootech in France—that have successfully cloned champion horses, mainly for breeding purposes. Cryozootech has produced two clones of the American show-jumping champion Gem Twist. ViaGen, which owns the rights to the technology that produced the famous cloned sheep Dolly, has cloned several horses.

The FEI ruling applies to international equestrian competitions such as the Olympics, but some other racing bodies still prohibit clones.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    It’s gonna be really cool when we have an olympics full off genetically created half-cyborg steroid freaks. I’ll start watching it.

    • Zenc

      With all the controversy about “Performance Enhancing Drugs”, “Steroids”, etc I had such high hopes for the All Drug Olympics.

      Sadly, it just didn’t work out for some reason…

      • Anarchy Pony

        I’m reminded of Futurama. “He’s good alright, but he’s no Clem Johnson, and Johnson played back in the days before steroid injections were mandatory.”

  • Yoda

    A disturbance in the Force I feel…

    • Lifobryan

      Episode 2: “A Track of the Clones”

  • tooCents

    Micheal Jordon clones VS Michael Jordon clones with pencil mustaches. The Russian Jordons will have goates a la Lenin and be white. Asian Jordons will have appropriate eyes. They’ll all be customized.

  • Threedinium

    Red Dwarf got there first i.e Gelfs. Could mean we’re gonna end up with horses that are just legs with a bit to sit on, some sort of appendage to guide direction and a ‘jump’ button.

  • Joe Public

    is a new movie coming out in March 2013 about cloning Jeses called “The
    Power of Few”, starring Christian Slater and Christopher Walken.