One of AU’s student, Nakorn Kamolsiry, won a gold medal in equestrian sports at the 13th Asian Games in 1998, the first gold medal achieved by an AU student. Inspired by his success and the natural characteristics of horses, Bro. Martin chose horses to be the mascot of AU. Horses exude physical and mental agility, strength and endurance. The statues of five wild horses in the middle of the huge pond, seemingly running towards the academic buildings, are to invoke enthusiasm in the students to study with gusto. They awaken everyone who looks at them as they are portrayed in postures that demonstrate their stamina and swiftness.