The national art competition celebrating the Beauty of the Appaloosa Horse Breed, and its Native History, is now closed for entries. Over the next few weeks The Trail and the Appaloosa Horse Club will be narrowing down the finalists in each category. All submissions will be judged on the basis of originality, technical ability and relevance to the theme. Then the ten entries we feel deserve special attention will be presented to you – the public – and you will be given the opportunity to vote for your favorite. An online voting mechanism will be in place on this website beginning May 15, and you will have thirteen days to vote. Voting ends on May 27, and the winners will be announced on our June 3 website update. The three designs in each category that receive the highest number of votes will be awarded cash prizes and merchandise. First place will receive a $500 cash prize. Second place a $250 cash prize. And Third place a selection of Trail of Painted Ponies and Appaloosa Horse Club merchandise. All entries, including those that do not end up among the top three in voting, will be considered by The Trail for crafting into figurines.
To cast your vote now, Click Here.
This is the second national art competition, featuring a naturally colorful horse breed, that The Trail has held. In 2012 we partnered with the American Paint Horse Association on their 50th anniversary. This year, we partnered with the Appaloosa Horse Club in commemoration of their 75th anniversary. We would like to thank and commend both organizations for their interest in exploring a partnership with The Trail of Painted Ponies. By allowing their breed to serve as a canvas for creative expression, they are giving people another way of enjoying what makes these breeds so unique, and so beloved. We encourage everyone who would like to know more to visit their websites: