If there ever was a date set aside to acknowledge all the incredible achievements and advancements that taxidermists have graced the combined worlds of art and science with, it should be this day in time, August 30, 2017. And to think it all started with an immigrant family from Budapest, Hungary who sought the American dream! For today marks the 85th anniversary of the completion of the world famous Australian equestrian athlete known as Phar Lap. He was not prepared in any museum nor was he mounted in any extraordinary pose and void of any habitat and background artistry of a diorama. The team of taxidermists that was chosen for his illustrious fate was none other than several of the original Jonas brothers, Louis Paul, John and Leslie, in their spacious yet humble studios in Yonkers, NY. Phar Lap was flawless in every and any imaginable way. So lifelike was he that his owner fainted and passed out cold when her tearing eyes met his gazing stare. Phar Lap! The most artistic single piece of incredible taxidermy that has ever left a commercial studio bar none! Let today serve as a remembrance not only of Phar Lap and his exquisite team of taxidermists, but as a guiding shining star for all contemporary taxidermists both present and future artists, to embrace the fact that we are first and foremost artists and nothing less must be acceptable to us from the media and it's society. The pride is our's, Phar Lap has made that possible and the Jonas brothers made it all the more endearing, moreover they never even realized it at all. Forgive this one for not copying and pasting all the multitude of information, details and photos of Phar Lap that are but a click away from your keyboard, yet nevertheless, venture it upon yourselves to treat your own insatiable desires to learn more about this perfection in taxidermy. It was Sinclair Clark who tanned the practically velvet haired skin of this amazing race horse. He spoke so highly of the combined finished results of Phar Lap that he often quoted Lou Jonas as personally stating; "Phar Lap is the most impressive taxidermy we have ever turned out." It was this very pride in production which must become the very stimulus in all that we do now and always. Phar Lap died on April 5, 1932 - he was 'borne' into eternity on the day he was completed, August 30, 1932. His legacy in taxidermy is now our own. Happy Taxidermists Pride Day to one and all!