Gem Twist (1979-2006) was a legendary jumper. Bred by Frank Chapot, this American Thoroughbred gelding had a stellar career as a Grand Prix jumper. His wins included two silver medals at the 1988 Olympics, three “American Grand Prix Association Horse of the Year” titles, and won more than $800,000.
When he was euthanized at the age of 27, everyone thought that was the end of the story. After all, he was a gelding.
Behind the scenes, however, the Chapots were investigating the only way to continue his line: cloning.
In 2006, Cryozootech founder Eric Palmer approached Frank and Mary Chapot with a proposition. He wanted to find exceptional horses for his cloning project who had been gelded, thereby preventing them from producing progeny.
On September 15, 2008 Gemini was born. The birth of the colt successfully revives the line of Bonne Nuit, an impressive Thoroughbred stud who produced many jumping champions.
The question now remains, how closely will Gemini approximate Gem Twist? Genetically identical, the two horses also will have the same trainer: Frank Chapot. So, with both nature and nurture being very similar, will the results be the same?
One early indication of his talent and propensity for jumping is that the colt has already jumped over the 3’9″ fence of his paddock. That’s something that none of my horses have ever considered and their fencing is a lot lower.
As for his color? Gray horses are generally either black or brown when they are born. Gemini is already starting to gray out.
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