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Charmayne James and Scamper

Barrel racing champion Charmayne James retired from competition in 2003 in order to devote more time to building her horse breeding program in Athens, Texas.  Scamper, the quarter horse that carried Charmayne to ten of her 11 World Championship titles, is a gelding, which meant that the only way Charmayne could include him in her breeding program would be to clone him and breed his clone.  After doing a bit of research, she found that the decision to clone was easy.

Charmayne James introduces Clayton to Scamper

Rodeo champion Charmayne James introduces her cloned foal Clayton to his genetic donor, the famous barrel racing horse Scamper. [photo: Candace Dobson]

"Just your middle-of-the-road barrel horses are from $1,000 to $5,000 a breeding, and they breed 50 mares a year," Charmayne says.  Fees from breeding such horses would more than cover the $150,000 cost of cloning.  Because Scamper is an exceptional horse he's the only barrel racing horse to be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame cloning him should prove to be a very rewarding investment.

"My interest is in making the best barrel racing horses out there," Charmayne says.

Charmayne hired ViaGen to clone Scamper, and on August 8, 2006, Scamper's identical twin was born in Boerne, Texas.  Charmayne named him Clayton, after the New Mexico town where she first met Scamper.

"He looks so much like Scamper when I walked in the stall and looked at him, the hair on the back of my neck just stood up," Charmayne says.  "There's no doubt that they are much alike.  Clayton is so tough and strong."

Though the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has no limits on using cloned horses in competition, Charmayne does not plan to race Clayton, because she regards him as too valuable to risk injury. Instead, she'll use him exclusively for breeding.

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