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Smokey, The Horse That Paints

By Marcus Gilmer in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 9, 2008 5:02PM

2008_04_smokey.jpgPutting other horses like Mr. Ed and Barbaro to shame, Smokey, a 12 year old Mustang at the Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton, has learned to paint. Smokey's trainers started the painting activities as a way for the horses at Danada to battle cabin fever since the cold kept them from a regular exercise routine. Smokey emerged hoof and shoulders above the others as the most artistically inclined of the group.

If you find yourself desiring some of Smokey's artwork to adorn your living room wall, some of his pieces will be auctioned off at Danada's Derby Day fundraiser. His work will be available for silent auction or you can commission him for your own special, custom painting (we hope he does unicorns). Proceeds will go to care expenses for the Danada horses, like Smokey, as well as towards Danada's educational programs. Though be wary if you see Smokey's work listed on ebay. [Trib]

Derby Day Fundraiser. May 3, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Danada Equestrian Center, 3 S 503 Naperville Rd., Wheaton, IL, $25 for Adults, $10 for children under 12, Tickets available through the Danada website or via phone 630-668-6012