[The Telegraph] Olga White, owner of show jumper Peter Charles’s London Olympic ride Murka’s Vindicat, has bought a cloned yearling of 1988 Olympic silver medallist Gem Twist, regarded by many as the best equine physical specimen the sport has ever seen.
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) recently relaxed constraints on the participation of clones though the yearling, Murka’s Gem, is primarily aimed at joining Team Murka’s breeding programme in 2013.
“It is absolutely unbelievable that we have a perfectly entire clone of Gem Twist,” said White.
“For my rider, Peter Charles, this is a dream come true. A few years ago we would not even have dreamed of it.
“Gem Twist was a horse with a heart of gold who would never say die. This is what makes a good show jumper into a great show jumper.”
Gem Twist was owned and bred by US show jumping legend Frank Chapot. The horse won team and individual silver under Greg Best at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the “world’s best horse” title at the 1990 Stockholm World Equestrian Games.
By Pippa Cuckson
2:56PM BST 07 Jul 2012
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