AMARILLO (July 30, 2013)—A jury Tuesday in Amarillo ruled that the American Quarter Horse Association, the nation's pre-eminent quarter horse association, violated antitrust laws by banning cloned horses from its prestigious registry.
Attorneys for two ranchers who sued the American Quarter Horse Association said Tuesday's verdict doesn't automatically require the group to register clones, but that step could come at a later hearing.
Breeders nationwide were closely watching the case, which could set a precedent because no U.S. groups currently allow registering of clones.
The 280,000-member quarter horse association is trying hard to safeguard its registry, which adds financial value to listed animals.
The group says its rules are fair in requiring that all registered horses have a registered mother and father, but the ranchers say that amounts to monopoly.