Spring 2015 Painted Ponies


NEW Winter 2017 Painted Ponies

Some Thoroughbreds like to show off their will-to-win at a young age, as seen in this charming depiction of a frisky filly challenging her proud mother to try and keep up with her. Meet "Born to Run."

The Hohokum were known for decorating their pots with a stunning and distinctive style that was defined by red geometric designs repeated in small motifs over buffware, as remembered in "Ancient Dreams." 

When you ride into a show ring on an Arabian horse to appear in the Costume Class, the objective is to stand out and be noticed, just like "Arabian Splendor." 

The Lipizzan was developed as a breed that could be taught to do difficult motions on command and with balletic grace and precision - including highly controlled, stylized jumps known as “airs above the ground.” Enter "Dance of the Lipizzans."




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Born to Run
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody


NEW Beauty of the Breed

Thoroughbreds are an elite horse breed famous for their agility, speed, spirit, and for winning races under saddle at a gallop. Some Thoroughbreds like to show off their will-to-win at a young age, as seen in this charming depiction by an acclaimed equine Arizona artist of a frisky filly challenging her proud mother to try and keep up with her.

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine designer and sculptor who has spent 26 years creating animal sculptures for Breyer, Hartland Collectables, DaBar Enterprises,and Safari  Ltd. as well as her own line of resin horses.

Kathleen is the designer and sculptor behind a number of Painted Ponies in the Beauty of the Breed Series, and now "Born to Run" and "Arabian Splendor."

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Artist/Sculptor
Kathleen Moody





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Dance of the Lipizzans
by Lori Musil

NEW Beauty of the Breed

The story of the Lipizzan has many dramatic twists and turns, starting in the 1600s when it was developed as a breed that could be taught to do difficult motions on command and with balletic grace and precision - including highly controlled, stylized jumps known as “airs above the ground.” - and almost ending in World War II when the breed was saved from extinction by American troops. With “Dance of the Lipizzans,” a masterpiece by a New Mexico equine artist, the legend lives on.

We caught up with Lori in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she was sorting through the contents of an architectural antique store she had inherited from her recently passed great-aunt. Although there was sadness to the occasion, in a way it was the perfect time and place to catch Lori in a reflective mood, because “the roots of my art are in this place.”

Lori grew up in Tucson, the daughter of a handyman and a kindergarten schoolteacher, but from the age of five she spent her summers with her great-aunt in Lincoln. There, to keep her occupied, she was given the job of touching up the antiques that needed to be repainted. For diversion, Lori would sometimes let her imagination take over and paint designs and scenes on old milk cans and coal scuttles.

One day a customer purchased one and, according to Lori, “That gave me my start in the art world."

To learn more about Lori, Click Here.


Artist Lori Musil




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Blue Ribbon Edition refers to the very first twelve castings of a particular figurine. First Editions, Numbers 0001 through 0012. Blue Ribbon Figurines are available exclusively on the Official Trail of Painted Ponies Store. 

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Arabian Splendor
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody


NEW Beauty of the Breed

When you ride into a show ring on an Arabian horse to appear in the Costume Class, the objective is to stand out and be noticed. To catch every judge’s attention. To be the crowd favorite. So, the way you are dressed should be eye-catchingly imaginative and elegant. Dramatic with colors that dazzle, tassels that shimmy, and rhinestones that sparkle in the show ring lights. Looking like “Arabian Splendor,” the creation of an acclaimed Arizona artist, in other words.

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine designer and sculptor who has spent 26 years creating animal sculptures for Breyer, Hartland Collectables, DaBar Enterprises,and Safari  Ltd. as well as her own line of resin horses.

Kathleen is the designer and sculptor behind a number of Painted Ponies in the Beauty of the Breed Series, and now "Born to Run" and "Arabian Splendor."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Artist/Sculptor
Kathleen Moody

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Blue Ribbon Edition refers to the very first twelve castings of a particular figurine. First Editions, Numbers 0001 through 0012. Blue Ribbon Figurines are available exclusively on the Official Trail of Painted Ponies Store. 




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Ancient Dreams
by Robert Rivera

In ancient times, a small group of Indian people occupied remote villages along river drainages in the desert Southwest. Climate change and warfare caused them to disperse, and they effectively died out as a tribe. When Spanish explorers arrived in the New World, the only things left of the Hohokum were the elaborate irrigation canals they had dug, and pots and shards stunningly decorated with a distinct style that was defined by red geometric designs repeated in small motifs over buffware, and is remembered by this award-winning New Mexico painter.

When we say we are attracting the finest artists of our time to The Trail of Painted Ponies, we have in mind such artists as Robert Rivera, who is arguably the finest gourd painter in the country.

This gifted artist was working as a welder in Los Alamos, New Mexico when providence corrected the course of his life. On a road trip to California, he noticed a field of gourds out the car window. For some reason which he cannot explain, even today, while other people would have driven by without a second thought, the sight of their pale bulbous backs hunkered into the earth seemed to him to be a field of endless possibilities.

So he pulled the car over, knocked on the door of the nearby farmhouse, and brought a bunch of gourds home with him.

To learn more about Robert, Click Here.

 

Artist/Painter
Robert Rivera