Birth of the famous show jumping stallion Arko clone
An Arko III clone was born in August 2021 following the combined efforts of the UK gene preservation company, Gemini Genetics, and their partner and world leader in animal cloning, ViaGen Pets and Equine.
A remarkable moment for the equine industry, the Arko clone will allow his legacy to continue after his sad death at the start of the year.
By the famous Argentinus, from Unika, Arko III was number 1 in show jumping in Europe in 2004, 2005 and 2006. His earnings were over Â£ 1.2m and on top of his impressive performance in jumping of jumping, he is also the sire of many world-class horses including the stallions Argento and Aristio.
Arko owners Pat, John and Lisa Hales of Shaw Farm, commented: It was an extremely sad day for our family when we lost Arko he was truly the horse of a lifetime. The birth of her clone was very moving. We believe this is not only exciting for our sport around the world, but especially for the future of British breeding for years to come. We look forward to breeding many more champions of this wonderful lineage. “
The Hales family is internationally known for their success with Arko III and their influence on equine sport and breeding. They have received numerous accolades over Arko III’s career, while Arko himself has been crowned Best British Show Jumping of the Year on five unprecedented occasions.
The Arko clone was generated from a small sample of the original Arko skin that has been genetically preserved by the UK-based genetic preservation company Gemini Genetics. Once stored, the precious tissue sample was shipped to their partner cloning company, ViaGen Pets & Equine, who completed the cloning process.
Founded and sister company of the world’s leading center for the collection and distribution of equine semen, Stallion AI Services, Gemini Genetics is a new animal genetics preservation company, specializing in regenerative genetics banks and in partnership with the American cloning company ViaGen Pets & Equine.
Lucy Morgan, Director of Gemini Genetics, took care of the preservation. We are delighted with the successful birth of the Arko clone. Stallion much appreciated for his exceptional performances and his unique and lively character, he is brilliant to have allowed his cloning so that his exceptional heritage can continue. Gemini Genetics is thrilled and very privileged to have facilitated this amazing rebirth of Arko III through its genetic twin.
Genetic preservation and cloning can enable the rebirth of unique horses and other performance animals, in addition to reproduction from gelding and preservation and regeneration of females. Other famous horses to have been cloned include Cruising, Gem Twist gelding and eventing stallion Chilli Morning. The technology can also be used to support populations of rare breeds and be available to cat and dog owners.
Blake Russell, President of ViaGen Pets & Equine, commented: The ability to play a role in the reproduction of a phenomenal genotype like Arko III is what makes our efforts worthwhile. We are very happy to see it grow and develop and leave its mark on the industry. It is a real pleasure to work with great partners like Gemini Genetics and their sister company, Stallion AI Services, to help bring our services to customers around the world. The relationships we have developed with partners like Gemini Genetics are what make this business work for everyone. Hope everyone can see that cloning technology is a powerful advanced reproductive technology that can bring great opportunities â.
Since 2002, Arko III has been available at stud through the world’s leading center for the collection and distribution of equine semen, Stallion AI Services.
The birth of the Arko clone is a truly historic moment for the global equine industry. A stallion with exceptional performance and reproductive potential that would normally have been lost to the performance industry upon his death has now been born to continue his contribution to elite equestrian sport. We look forward to the next few years.
For more information on Genetic Preservation and Cloning, available for cats, dogs, horses and ponies, please visit Gemini Genetics via www.geminigenetics.com