Sung Tae Park

“Sung Tae Park”

By Emily Johnsen

Throughout history the horse has been a popular subject in Asian art. Often a symbol of strength, power and speed the equine was highly regarded and used to represent the progression and achievements of society. For Korean artist Sung Tae Park, the horse not only symbolizes this advancement, but his horses in particular embody a new kind of creative innovation.

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Buck Brannaman Masters the Art of Natural Horsemanship

“Buck Brannanman Masters the Art of Natural Horsemanship”

By Emily Johnsen

Known for a strong work ethic, a sense of moral responsibility and the ability to navigate vast and treacherous terrain, cowboys are often revered in popular culture. As one with their horse, the all-American hero leads a life of solitude traversing the land and helping those in need. Buck Brannaman is a modern day cowboy who has found his way through a troubled past, who now devotes his life to understanding horses and sharing what he has learned with others. On the road nine months out of the year, Buck travels the country giving instructional clinics to horse owners eager to improve communication with their animals. Although the information and techniques offered in his training are invaluable to many horse people, the life lessons he teaches are inspirations for us all.

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Lukas Knows He’s Lukas!

Smartest Horse Passes Self-Awareness Test


Lukas, the World’s Smartest Horse (according to the World Records
) and Guinness World Record Holder (“Most numbers correctly
identified by a horse in one minute: 19”), has joined an elite group: those with
the capacity for self-awareness. He has proven that he is able to recognize his
own reflection in a mirror as an image of himself. To date, only humans (after
the age of eighteen months), great apes, bottlenose dolphins, orcas, elephants
and European magpies have successfully passed this test.

this experiment, Karen Murdock, Lukas’ owner/trainer, utilized the mirror test,
developed by Gordon Gallup in 1970 (based on observations by Charles Darwin). It
determines whether an animal can recognize its own reflection in a mirror as an
image of itself. Lukas’ four by six foot Plexiglas mirror, two inch round
stickers and the following steps were used:

marking Lukas with two odorless spots: the test spot was on a part of Lukas
which was visible in front of a mirror, and the control spot which was placed on
an accessible but hidden part of his body (to rule out tactile involvement).

recordings documented whether Lukas reacted in a manner consistent with his
being aware that the test spot was located on his own body, rather than on the
mirror, while ignoring the control spot.

of awareness included: turning and moving his body so he could better view the
marking in the mirror, or poking at the marking on his body with his muzzle
while viewing the mirror.

Lukas didn’t recognize his image, Murdock would have attempted to teach this to
him. No prior access to mirrors and not having the necessary previous
experiences to use them could possibly have been a factor in the event of Lukas’
non self-recognition.

to most animal intelligence ranking scales, equine statistics are dismal: horses
rank anywhere from fifth to ninth in intelligence comparisons between species.
In addition, the horse population in general is thought to be a typically
reactive group at the mercy of flight instincts and walnut-sized brains. Murdock
believes that the commonly used repetitive machine trials to assess horses’
learning capabilities are missing some important components: a social and
interactive element, intermediary voice prompts and reinforcement variations.
Furthermore, she proposes that the prevailing methods of force training are
inadequate and even counter-productive. In contrast, Lukas’ lessons resemble
those used for children: enjoyable, gentle and a mutual exploration into
possibilities. A rather unscientific, yet significant supportive substantiation
of Lukas’ self-awareness abilities includes the fact that he is completely
intolerant of any horse near “his girl,” yet, in the test, he gave no indication
that he believed his reflection to be an interloper.

most difficult aspect of the test according to Murdock involved Lukas remaining
immobile when the test spot was absent: “He always wants to do something to
please me,” says Murdock, “and he’s used to trying out different behaviors to
get my attention.” As always, Murdock, a psychiatric nurse for the last
twenty-six years, and an animal trainer for over forty years, used her own
particular blend of techniques. Sessions with her dear friend were brief, fun
and tender and included the following guidance: “That’s you in the mirror,
Lukas. You’re a horse. I love you.”


Dave Bown Projects

$10,000 USD (1 artist will receive $5,000 and 5
artists will each receive $1,000).Dave Bown Projects will be buying
works of art, on an ongoing basis, from select artists as submissions are

This competition is
open to all visual artists who are 18 years of age or older. All styles and
media are eligible.

Selection Process
entries are encouraged. Previewing will occur on
a daily and weekly basis by
Dave Bown Projects as submissions are received.

30 November 2011


For further
information, please contact Dave Bown at (917) 365-5265 or

Foundation Christmas Gift

Foundation Christmas Gift

America’s Horse, October 27, 2011 – We invite you to
make an honorary gift to the American Quarter Horse Foundation in honor of a
special person or horse, or even an acknowledgement of an important

When you make an honorary or memorial gift to the Foundation this
holiday season, your honoree or the next of kin of the memorialized horse or
person will receive a limited edition Christmas Honorarium Card acknowledging that a gift has
been made to the Foundation in their honor by you. Not only is this an ideal
Christmas gift for any horse enthusiast, but your gift also makes a difference
in providing for the future of our horses.

To guarantee delivery of the card by Christmas, donations must be
received no later than Wednesday, December 14.

To donate today, visit

For more information on ways to give and to be part of the
American Quarter Horse Foundation, visit If you have questions about
making a gift to the Foundation, please call (806)378-5029 or email

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Founded in 1940, the American Quarter Horse Association is the largest
equine breed organization in the world.  With headquarters in Amarillo, Texas,
AQHA has a membership of more than 300,000 people in 86 countries and has
registered more than 5 million horses in 95 countries.

War Horse

“War Horse”

By L.A. Pomeroy

It’s not every day – even for New York City – that young men run through Lincoln Center snorting like horses. But it’s not every day that a play like War Horse comes to the stage, opening March 15 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York before galloping cross-country to the Curran Theater, Agust 1-26, in San Francisco. Originally produced by the National Theater of Great Britian, it was presented on Broadway by Lincoln Center Theater and Bob Boyett, and grossed roughly $900,000/week during its stay in the Big Apple, a particular uncommmon achievement for a non-musical with a relatively unknown cast.

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National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Receives National Education Awards for Its Distance Learning Program

Fort Worth,

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has received two national awards
for its distance-learning program, the 2010-2011 Pinnacle Award from the Center
for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) and the 2011 Teachers’ Choice
Award from the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency for the second year in
a row.

For the 2010-11 school
year, the Cowgirl Museum was one of the 25 distance-learning providers in the
United States to receive the coveted Pinnacle Award and the only recipient in
Texas. This is the first year for the museum to receive the award, having
received honorable mention in 2010.

Through its 26
distance-learning programs, the Cowgirl Museum reached 16,963 students in 2011
(a 75% increase over the last school year) via 435 distance-learning program
sites— more than any other content provider through the Connect 2 Texas program,
sponsored by the Texas Education Agency. The museum also provided 91 classes to
students in other states and four classes to international audiences. Listed on
the museum’s web site at are the programs available to elementary and
secondary schools and other organizations. Each program lasts 45 minutes. For
information, contact Cindi Collins, school services director of the Cowgirl
Museum, at 817-509-8697.

“We are extremely proud of
our school services staff and programs” said Patricia Riley, the museum’s
executive director. “These awards bring validation to what we already
knew. Reaching out in this medium is a key part of our mission and deserves this
recognition. This and the other educational services we offer will continue to

About the Pinnacle

The Center for Interactive
Learning and Collaboration (, established in 1994, is an Indiana-based
not-for-profit organization specializing in access to applications and the
utilization of videoconferencing for live interactive content and professional
development, as well as web-based collaborative learning environments for K-20
education. CILC provides consulting expertise in videoconferencing, integration,
problem-based learning products, school-community partnerships and effective
techniques for the delivery and development of quality

The CILC’s Pinnacle Award
is presented annually to organizations posting outstanding K-12 standards-based
interactive videoconferencing programs to To qualify for

the award, the provider
must receive a minimum 2.85 average score out of a possible 3 on its program
evaluations from educators during the school year. The evaluation assesses seven
areas, two related to the effectiveness of the presenter and five related to the
educational content of the program. All content posted to by Pinnacle Award
winners is marked with the CILC flame.

About the Teachers’
Favorite Award

The Berrien Regional
Education Service Agency, the cooperative based in Michigan’s Berrien County,
maintains a content provider database with a listing of videoconferencing
resources. For its annual Teachers’ Favorite Awards, educators from across the
country vote to select the best content and videoconferencing service providers.

About the National Cowgirl
Museum and Hall of Fame

The National Cowgirl Museum
and Hall of Fame ( honors and celebrates women, past and
present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that
helped shape the American West and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and
spirit of self-reliance they inspire. The museum, located at 1720 Gendy Street
in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, is considered an invaluable
national educational resource for its exhibits, research library, rare
photography collection, and the honorees in its Hall of

Contact: Craig Schaefer,