Clayton the Clone
You certainly have heard about Charmayne James' horse Scamper, the bay Quarter Horse gelding who won 10 consecutive barrel racing world championships. You may also have heard that Charmayne spent $150,000 in 2006 to have a clone of Scamper. But did you realize that clone is now a beautiful bay 2 year old stallion with a stud fee of $4000 being booked for this next summer?
Clayton, named for the little town in New Mexico where Charmayne was raised, was cloned to further Scamper's bloodline, conformation, mind, and heart. His DNA is an exact replica of Scamper's. Charmayne hopes that breeding Clayton to select barrel racing bred mares will produce foals that are predestined to win. At this point, the AQHA does not allow cloned horses to be registered, but unregistered horses are still allowed to compete in rodeo events, giving Clayton's progeny a chance to prove themselves in the barrel racing world.
Plans for Clayton include training and riding him, and teaching him a discipline. But Charmayne doesn't plan on the stallion running the barrels or competing seriously. Clayton is riding in on the coat tails of Scamper's achievements and it remains to be seen if there will be a big payoff.
What do you think of cloning, and would you fork out the stud fee for a chance to own a descendant of Scamper's clone? Share your opinions and give your insight, we'd love to hear what you think!