The Trail of Painted Ponies Proudly Announces a New Art Competition:
From Heroic Performance on the Battlefield to Heartwarming Homecomings
We Honor the Horse in Military Service

July 1, 2013 - October 1, 2013

In recognition of the long and illustrious relationship between the horse and the American military – the Army/National Guard, Navy/Coast Guard, Marines and Air Force – The Trail of Painted Ponies, in partnership with Horses4Heroes and TAPS, is proudly announcing an exciting new national art competition: Honoring the Military Horse.

Artists and creative spirits everywhere, active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families, everyone with a vision of how to imaginatively pay tribute to what has been called the world's "oldest weapons system" - a soldier and his horse – is invited to participate. Using one or more of the five Trail of Painted Ponies horse forms as a canvas, designs can be realistic representations or artistic interpretations, and can represent the history or embody the spirit of one of the military services, or all combined.

The winners, to be determined by a national online vote, will receive cash prizes, merchandise, national attention and their designs could be crafted into a collectible figurine.

The competition will officially begin on July 1, 2013 and end October 1, 2013. There are no entry fees.


Army/National Guard, Navy/Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, Artist's Choice and Youth (12 years old and under)

No Fees: There are no submission fees. You may submit as many designs as you like.

Forms: There are 5 Painted Pony Forms to choose from including: Standing, Walking, Running, Rearing and Regal

Deadline October 1st: All entries must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2013.

Online Voting October 16th - October 25th: The top ten designs will be featured in online voting, and will be selected by The Trail of Painted Ponies, Horses4Heroes and TAPS. Make sure to invite all of your friends and family to vote for their favorite Painted Pony that honors the Military Horse.

Winners Announced November 1st: The winning submissions may be crafted as a figurine from The Trail of Painted Ponies.

Judging Criteria: All competition submissions must pay tribute to the Military Horse. Artists will need to provide designs for both the front and the back of their Painted Ponies, along with a compelling title and the story.

Prizes: The top three vote-getters will receive $900 in cash split three ways: First place will receive $500. Second place will receive $250. Third place will receive $150. There will be two honorable mentions, each of who will receive $100 in credit on The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Store.

How to Enter:

There are two ways to submit your Painted Pony Designs:

1. Paint Your Own Pony Artist's Set:

  • Choose from the Running or Rearing Horse Forms in the Paint Your Own Pony Artist's Set.
  • Take pictures of your completed Painted Pony and send them with your Artist's Application.

2. Paper Submissions:

  • Choose from 5 different Horse Forms (see below).
  • Send us your completed Painted Pony Design Submission along with your Artist's Application.

3. When you are ready to submit your design you may either mail or email your Artist's Application and Design Submission or pictures to:

Regular Mail, FedEx and UPS Deliveries:

The Trail of Painted Ponies
Attn: Honor the Military Horse
31839 N 66th St
Cave Creek, AZ 85331-5791

*Remember there are no submission fees and you may submit as many designs as you like!
**Submissions will not be returned.

Paint Your Own Pony - Choose From 2 Painted Pony Forms:

Paint Your Own Pony Submissions must include an Artist's Application and photographs of your completed Pony.
(Do Not Send Original Pony) Artist's Application can be found below.

Paint Your Own Pony
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Paint Your Own Pony
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Paper Submissions - Choose From 5 Painted Ponies Forms:

Paper Submissions must include an Artist's Application and paper design submission with both sides of Pony design.The Artist's Application is included as the second page in the forms below.


Running Form
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Rearing Form
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About Our Partners:

Learn more about Horses4Heroes, Click Here >

Learn more about TAPS, Click Here >

Important Information:

1. We assume all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. We are not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant. Artists should realize that we often receive design submissions from many artists with similar themes.
2. In return for accepting the "financial and promotional packages," winners agree to release the copyright to their winning entry to The Trail of Painted Ponies.
3. Any and all designs submitted to The Trail of Painted Ponies are on the copyrighted and registered horse form. We regret that we cannot return any submissions.
4. Questions? Please Email: or Phone Toll Free: 1 877-459-5701, Ext 0#

The Trail of Painted Ponies crafts one of the most treasured collectibles in America and has celebrated the horse in art for the past 10 years.

Happy Trails!