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lashback to the annual Polo Awards in May 2015, held fieldside at Guards Polo Club. In a decadent marquee, Adolfo Cambiaso took to


the stage to receive the award for “The Most Outstanding High-Goal Player for 2014”. Shy by nature, he quietly fielded the questions of the MC pertaining to his impressive list of polo accolades from around the world, which have established him as one of the greatest sportsmen on the planet. Despite having “won everything there is to win” and continuing to maintain a consistent 10-goal handicap, when faced with the questions: “What is it about the game that keeps you going? What is it that brings you back each year?”, his eyes truly lit up. His response? “Well…I just love the game…and the horses.” It is this passion for fine horses that


brought Cambiaso into contact with Texan businessman and amateur polo player, Alan Meeker. Together they began a polo pony breeding programme that is already raising the bar in the way world-class polo ponies are produced. What started as a whimsical dream for Meeker has evolved into a successful cloning programme that has genetically replicated the most talented ponies from Cambiaso’s string, past and present, and allowed him to produce the finest polo breeding herd on Earth. Conversing with Meeker, by telephone,


from his base in Fort Worth, Texas, he revealed just how his dream has become a reality. With a penchant for the best in life and a burning desire to create a world- class breeding programme, he describes completing the calculations of what it would take to achieve such an ambitious goal. Based upon his initial numbers - 50 years and $100,000,000 - he decided he wasn’t prepared to spend either time or money! Having sought treatment for his diabetes


through the genetic replication of his own pancreatic islet cells, the idea of cloning was already fresh in Meeker’s mind. He reached out to American laboratory ViaGen, calling them up and simply asking them to clone “10 horses, 10 times over.” In this moment, the project was born. Since then, Meeker has established


his own company, Crestview Genetics, licensed the successful cloning techniques, and,


together with his partners, has


established his own laboratories and farms in both South Carolina and Argentina.


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