Two clones born from legendary Irish bred stallion Cruising's DNA - at €100,000 each
THE legendary Irish sport horse stallion Cruising has been cloned.
The McCann family of Hartwell Stud in Co Kildare, who bred and owned the world-renowned sire of showjumpers, agreed to have DNA samples taken from the horse who died last September at the age of 29.
They now have two Cruising clones - Cruising Arish and Cruising Encore - at a cost of €100,000 per animal.
It is understood to be the first time an Irish bred horse has been cloned in Ireland.
Owner Mary McCann said she had received numerous requests to clone the horse but the cost was prohibitive.
However, in 2010 a cloning services company in the US offered to take the DNA samples for free and she decided to go ahead with the cloning.
Using the biopsies, Cruising’s cells were cultured. DNA from those cells was transferred into eggs, from which the genetic material had been removed.
The resulting embryos were grown in an incubator for several days then transferred to recipient mares using a traditional embryo transfer process.
After the normal gestation period of 11 months, Cruising’s two clones carrying identical bloodlines were born.
Cruising, who performed in front of mammoth crowds in the RDS in the 1990s with Trevor Coyle, won Grand Prix competitions around the world and at home and sired many jumpers and eventers that excelled. These included Flexible, Mo Chroí, Mr Medicott and Mr Cruise Control.