Quarter Horse Association Has 30 Days To Accept Clones

AMARILLO (August 23, 2013)—The American Quarter Horse Association has just less than 30 days to begin allowing the addition of cloned horses and their offspring to its prestigious registry under an order signed by a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson signed the order Thursday in Amarillo.

The registry adds financial value to listed animals.

Two Texas ranchers had successfully sued the 280,000-member association, saying it was operating a monopoly by not allowing cloned horses.

Jurors sided with the ranchers last month, ruling the association was violating antitrust laws, but the association, which vowed to appeal, wasn't immediately ordered to change its policy.

The ruling filed Thursday also orders the association to pay nearly $900,000 in legal fees.

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