Seven breed associations and two non-equine associations have joined in a legal brief supporting the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) in its bid to overturn a court decision regarding cloned horse registrations. Still, one scientist believes that the time register cloned animals has come.

Some owners have used the cloning process to preserve their animals’ bloodlines, particularly those of high-performance equines. In response to cloning as a way to preserve bloodlines, some breed associations ruled on whether or not cloned horses can be included in their breed registries. In 2004 the AQHA board of directors approved Rule 227(a), which prohibits cloned horses or their offspring from being included in the organization’s breed registry.

Last year Jason Abraham and two of his related companies, Abraham & Veneklasen Joint Venture and Abraham Equine Inc., filed suit against the AQHA. The complaint asks the court to order the AQHA to remove Rule 227(a) on grounds that the ban on registering cloned horses and their offspring violates antitrust laws.

In July 2013, a jury found that the rule preventing cloned Quarter Horses from being registered with the AQHA violated state and federal antitrust rules. A judge later signed an order requiring the AQHA to register cloned animals. On Dec. 26, 2013, the AQHA filed an appellate brief asking a court of appeals to overturn the previous court’s decision. If granted, the appeal would allow the AQHA to prevent cloned horses from becoming registered.

In early January, the American Morgan Horse Association; the American Paint Horse Association, the Appaloosa Horse Club; the Arabi