Sports Litigation Alert, Volume 10, Issue 18, October 4, 2013 - Cloning Decision Could Lead to Copycat Litigation in the World of Racing


Owners of elite American Quarter Horses may soon be ponying up to create clones of their champions.

On July 31, 2013 a North Texas District Court jury decided that the American Quarter Horse Association’s (“AQHA”) rule prohibiting the registration of cloned American Quarter Horses violates federal and Texas antitrust laws. The AQHA, located in Amarillo, Texas, is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization, with more than 5 million American Quarter Horses registered to nearly 350,000 members.

Originally published in Hackney Publications on October 4, 2013.

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