Brainiac Lukas nominated for Hollywood Walk of Fame - video

January 23, 2011

Does equine clever-clogs Lukas, officially considered the world's smartest horse, deserve his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?


A scene from the latest Lukas video, below.
The braniac, if selected, would become the first horse to earn the distinction in his own right.

Although Trigger's hoof-prints lie alongside Roy Rogers imprint in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, the palomino isn't officially listed as a star recipient.

Lukas, the world's smartest horse according to the World Records Academy, and a Guinness World Record Holder, has been nominated for a star under the performance category.

If successful, he will join dogs Lassie and Rin Tin Tin.

His qualifications? Owner Karen Murdock notes Lukas has appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, HLN, and Inside Edition, as well as in feature articles released by the Associated Press and America Online.

His story has been heard on Pet Talk Radio, Pet Talk Live Radio, Animal Talk Radio, and the Horse Radio Network, among others.

Lukas has been recognized as the World's Smartest Horse by the World Records Academy and is a Guinness World Record Holder for: "Most numbers identified by a horse in one minute: 19."

In addition, Lukas was recently presented with an award certificate for his accomplishments from California State Assemblyman Curt Hagman. And, his website has been visited by more than one million friends from 57 countries.

Lukas has performed to benefit non-profits including TROTT (Training Racehorses Off-The-Track), CANTER (Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses), the CTBA (California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association) and After the Finish Line.

Also, Murdock donated Lukas' training model to HEAL (Human Equine Alliance for Learning) - an equine therapy practice specializing in trauma victims.

Lukas has also been invited to join the ranks of the Wounded Warriors Program, and Murdock has volunteered her techniques at the International Certified Horsemanship Association Conference.

A documentary, detailing his journey from a racetrack reject to Internet stardom, is posted on his website and his free training videos are highly popular and appeal to a broad audience.

Lukas has indicated he will front up for the unveiling of his star, which is a condition of nomination these days.

The big gelding, also known for his hat collection, is looking for proper formal attire.

Lukas may be well known and a star equine performer, but he will have to get his bid past the selection committee first.

According to Wikipedia, Walk of Fame rules prohibit consideration of nominees whose contributions fall outside the five major entertainment categories, but the selection committee has been known to conjure some interesting rule interpretations to justify a selection.

The Walk's four round Moon landing monuments at the corners of Hollywood and Vine, for example, officially recognise the Apollo XI astronauts for "contributions to the television industry".

Johnny Grant acknowledged, in 2005, that classifying the first Moon landing as a television entertainment event was "a bit of a stretch."

The committee stretched even further for Magic Johnson, whose considerable basketball skills had no plausible connection to movies, music, TV, radio, or theatre.

They finally squeezed him into the motion picture category, based on his ownership of the Magic Johnson Theatre chain, citing as precedent Sid Grauman, builder of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Muhammad Ali's star is another example of rule bending; the committee decided boxing (unlike basketball, apparently) could be considered a form of "live performance".

His star is the first (and so far only) one to be installed on a vertical surface. It is displayed on a wall of the Kodak Theatre, acceding to Ali's request that his name not be walked upon.

Since 1968, all living honorees have been required to be present at their star's unveiling.