NEW Holiday 2016 Ornaments

The Trail of Painted Ponies ornaments are perfect for Holidays and everyday! Absolutely adorable as a single ornament or as entire collection, these ornaments will make every day a celebration! Collect them all!



O Holy Night

O Holy Night Ornament
by Laurie Cook

Ponies painted with nativity scenes have become a holiday favorite with collectors, and pictured in stylish fashion on “O Holy Night” is a moment of quiet intimacy shared by Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus, sheltered in an old stable, before they must acknowledge that the newborn child will live a life like no other. He will in fact change the whole world. The swirling patterns that surround the family symbolize the wondrous and miraculous events that are about to happen.

Raised in Southern California, one of Laurie's earliest memories is of drawing horses on the underside of the family coffee table. While still studying at Art Center College of Design she was recruited by Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri so at age 22 she moved halfway across the country, not knowing a soul in her new city. Her plan to work there for a year or two somehow stretched out to nearly two decades and by the time she left she had attained the highest level possible, that of "Master Artist." Laurie has returned to Southern California and now freelances for a variety of companies, designing everything from home decor items to Christmas gift bags; from thinking up new toy ideas to painting idyllic garden scenes. Some of her clients include Google, Mohawk Industries, Leanin' Tree, Carson Home, Current, and Hasbro.On the rare occasion she's not in her studio, she can be found hiking with her German Shepherd and two Labradors, or tending to her butterfly garden.

Laurie Cook
Laurie Cook




Song of the Cardinal
 

Song of the Cardinal Ornament
by Laurie Cook

One of the more delightful holiday moments of this talented artist’s past - one that captured the beauty of Christmas for her and inspired “Song of the Cardinal” - is the memory of a scene glimpsed out a window on a winter morning, when two cardinals, a red male and a yellow female, joyous spots of color set against a somber gray day, perched on snow-laden evergreen boughs and sang to each other.

Raised in Southern California, one of Laurie's earliest memories is of drawing horses on the underside of the family coffee table. While still studying at Art Center College of Design she was recruited by Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri so at age 22 she moved halfway across the country, not knowing a soul in her new city. Her plan to work there for a year or two somehow stretched out to nearly two decades and by the time she left she had attained the highest level possible, that of "Master Artist." Laurie has returned to Southern California and now freelances for a variety of companies, designing everything from home decor items to Christmas gift bags; from thinking up new toy ideas to painting idyllic garden scenes. Some of her clients include Google, Mohawk Industries, Leanin' Tree, Carson Home, Current, and Hasbro.On the rare occasion she's not in her studio, she can be found hiking with her German Shepherd and two Labradors, or tending to her butterfly garden.

Laurie Cook
Laurie Cook




Fawn Memories
 

Fawn Memories Ornament
by Lorna Matsuda

With the arrival of Spring comes new life, new beginnings and treasures that are a promise of tomorrows to come. There could be no better way to capture the blessings of this time of year than to paint a little fawn nestled on the forest floor where it is almost invisible beneath nature’s blanket of dried leaves, hidden by its mother to keep it safe.

Lorna Matsuda has spent her life devoted to her love of art and all animals, though horses are her passion. Combining her love of art and horses, Lorna creates memories and meaning in her paintings and other artistic creations. She enjoys painting realistic art to share with others, and feels very blessed to have been given this special gift.

Lorna Matsuda
Lorna Matsuda

 



 

Vintage Greetings
 

Vintage Greetings Ornament
by Laura Robinson

The winner of a Trail of Painted Ponies Holiday art competition, “Vintage Greetings” was inspired by artwork found on traditional old-time Christmas cards that inspire nostalgic holiday memories, evoke family traditions, and reach across generations. Depicted is a bundled-up couple heading on a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the countryside under a starlit sky on the way to church on Christmas Eve.

Laura Robinson grew up riding and drawing horses at her home in Southern California.  Sketching on any piece of paper she could find, she drew her favorite subject, the horse. She has always felt a deep connection with horses, and has been very blessed to have them in her life. Winning awards in high school and college for art and design, it was evident that she should pursue the arts. So, after moving to Minneapolis, MN and getting married, she studied and worked in the graphic design field. Then, while raising a family of 3, she moved onto the fine arts. She currently works as a portrait artist and muralist.

In addition to her art, she works as a groom and assistant trainer at a busy boarding stable, riding hunter/jumpers and dressage. She finds that a little time in the barn is the best therapy in the world. The sweet smell of a horse’s breath, and a nicker from an old friend is very soothing and inspirational.

 

Laura Robinson
Laura Robinson




 

Crimson Joy
 

Crimson Joy Ornament
by Lorna Matsuda

As well as a time for gifting family and friends, Christmas can be the occasion for rewarding our animal friends for the joy they give us. “Crimson Joy” presents us with a Painted Pony decked out in a fancy new Christmas outfit. Look closely and you can all but see Christmas lights dancing off the rich colors of the crimson and gold velvet robe, as this excited Pony trots his way into the hearts of collectors at Christmas time.

Lorna Matsuda has spent her life devoted to her love of art and all animals, though horses are her passion. Combining her love of art and horses, Lorna creates memories and meaning in her paintings and other artistic creations. She enjoys painting realistic art to share with others, and feels very blessed to have been given this special gift.

 

Lorna Matsuda
Lorna Matsuda


 



Snow Queen
 

Snow Queen Ornament
by Veronica Ventress

Made of clear tinted resin and inspired by the movie “Frozen,” this princess of a Painted Pony, created by a talented artist from the United Kingdom, illustrates the surprising ways the horse can serve as an artistic canvas. Looking like it is carved from clear blue ice, it is sprinkled with winter magic in the form of beautiful white snowflakes.

Veronica was born and raised in Buckinghamshire, England. She took art classes through school, and in her twenties worked for John Hine Studios in the United Kingdom, painting David Winter Cottage models. In between work and raising her two daughters, Veronica always enjoyed sketching and eventually digital art. Her passion has always been horses and wildlife, and now she enjoys capturing her subjects on camera.

Veronica Ventress
Veronica Ventress

 

Collectors Choice Ornaments are a hit!

Each new ornament's figurine counterpart has topped the charts, which makes our decision easy when we look for the next great design to include in the Collectors Choice Ornaments. The variety makes them great gifts for every personality, and the adorable size makes them perfect to collect.




Cloud Hunter Ornament
 

Cloud Hunter Ornament
by Janee Hughes

A Tribute to the American Paint Horse…

Typical of the speech of a cowboy, the ways of a bucking horse were referred to in colorfully descriptive terms. When a horse reared wildly and vaulted upwards, mane flying and hooves flailing as if it intended to go up and up into the sky, it was called a "cloud hunter." By making the horse a Paint whose spots take on the appearance of thunderclouds, the artist has added another layer of meaning to the old horseman's saying.

To learn more about the APHA please visit: www.apha.com

   

 

 

 

 

After graduating from Willamette University with a BA in art, Janee taught in Junior High School for thirty years. When she retired in 1997, she began a fine art career, painting and writing, winning awards and building a reputation. Her paintings are usually realistic and involve animals, and she works in pencil, pen, watercolor, acrylic and oil. Her artwork has graced the covers of numerous magazines, she has illustrated three children's books, and her cartoons have been published in newspapers. She was the lead painter on the Salem Riverfront Carousel, an authentic, hand-carved and painted carousel, and in her spare time can be found hiking with her dogs and husband.
Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Artist Janee Hughes





 

Guardian Angel Ornament
by Laurie Cook

Notes from the artist's journal: "When I think of angels I envision a quiet presence, a listener, a gentle soul who comforts me. I also imagine a powerful strength and unshakable courage that helps me fight my battles and carries me to safety. It occurs to me that a horse embodies these very same qualities and so I have created a 'Guardian Angel' who soars silently, conveying a message of joy, hope, faith, love and peace to the world as he fades in and out of the clouds."

Raised in Southern California, one of Laurie's earliest memories is of drawing horses on the underside of the family coffee table. While still studying at Art Center College of Design she was recruited by Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri so at age 22 she moved halfway across the country, not knowing a soul in her new city. Her plan to work there for a year or two somehow stretched out to nearly two decades and by the time she left she had attained the highest level possible, that of "Master Artist." Laurie has returned to Southern California and now freelances for a variety of companies, designing everything from home decor items to Christmas gift bags; from thinking up new toy ideas to painting idyllic garden scenes. Some of her clients include Google, Mohawk Industries, Leaniní Tree, Carson Home, Current, and Hasbro. On the rare occasion she's not in her studio, she can be found hiking with her German Shepherd and two Labradors, or tending to her butterfly garden.

Lorna Matuda
Artist Laurie Cook

 




Stand By Me
 

Stand by Me Ornament
by The Trail of Painted Ponies

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No, I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me.

Released in 1962 and sung by Ben E King, the lyrics to this hit song could as easily apply to a protective mare looking after her foal, as a lovestruck man pining for his darlin’.

"Stand By Me" was a collaborative effort that involved contributions from multiple Official Trail of Painted Ponies Artists.

The Trail of Painted Ponies has stampeded into American Art History as one of the most successful public art projects of all time! Born and bred in Santa Fe, this wildly popular public art project invited artists to let their imaginations run wild and transform life-size horse sculptures into stunning original works of art. These dazzling Painted Ponies were exhibited throughout the state of New Mexico and they enchanted hundreds of thousands of people and reinvigorated tourism, while raising awareness and funds for worthy non-profit organizations. Today, The Trail of Painted Ponies is proudly celebrating 13 years of horses in art and it has become one of the premier art and collectible companies in the world, crafting one of the most cherished collectibles in America, The Trail of Painted Ponies figurines.





 

Squash Blossom Ornament
by Devon Archer

The inspiration for Squash Blossom comes from the artist’s admiration of the beautiful, hand-hammered silver-and-turquoise jewelry made by Navajo silversmiths, and the fine textiles created by Navajo weavers. Incorporating both of these highly sought-after trade items into this gorgeous design – a squash blossom pendant for the breast plate, a traditional, banded, Navajo Chief’s Blanket draped over the Pony’s back – she has created an iconic equestrian tribute to the Dineh, as the Navajo call themselves.

 

 

 

 

"I had first seen the Painted Ponies in a local gift shop and thought the concept very unique. A couple of my friends had begun to collect them and after studying the Ponies, I thought that it would be a great challenge to come up with designs. Shortly after seeing the figurines, I saw in Southwest Art Magazine an ad placed by The Trail of Painted Ponies announcing the "Native Art of Horse Painting National Art Competition", a call to artists to enter. That was the trigger for me to come up with a Painted Pony design. This was the beginning of my trail ride with The Trail of Painted Ponies." -Devon Archer
Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Artist Devon Archer




Children's Prayers for the World Painted Pony
 

Tickled Pink Ornament
by Aloma Wolfington

My heart sings, I’m in harmony with you
Joyful elation, I’ll never be blue
I’m Tickled Pink, you’ve played the right key
Loves inspiration, the whole world can see

 

 

 

 

 

"One of my fondest memories of Grandma is when she opened her bible up and stuck between the pages was a slip of paper with a fairly descent horse drawn on it. As she handed it to me I saw she'd written on the back of it, my age ... 3 years old when drawn. I was in my late twenties at this time and was touched that she'd kept it there all that time. Grandma told me to keep it and that there would be special things ahead for me if I used well the talents that God had given me.  I do thank God for His gifts and the people He has surrounded me with, the encouragement from my family and friends who "think I can color inside the lines".  I have come a few steps forward in my abilities to draw since that 3 years old's dream horse and can only hope that other people who view my efforts will in some way take pleasure at what they find." -Aloma Wolfington
Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Artist Aloma Wolfington




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Godspeed Painted Pony  

Godspeed Ornament
by Tesha Hammond
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Created by an artist who is intimately familiar with racehorses because she owned one, Godspeed is more than a brilliant rendition of a jockey on a Thoroughbred whose tail and mane fly in the wind as they speed towards the winner's circle. Wearing checkered blinkers (symbolic of the checkered flag associated with a winner) and colorful silks (that identify the owner and carry a shamrock for good fortune), it is a lucky piece in its own right. The title comes from a term used when trainers send their riders out for a race, and wish them a safe journey and safe return. For those who believe in luck, it is a gift of hope for a prosperous journey through life.

"The Breeders Cup Classic is one of the most prestigious worldwide horse racing events for Thoroughbreds in the racing industry.  When I first heard about the contest offered by The Trail of the Painted Ponies in conjunction with the Racetrack Chaplaincy Organization and read the winning entry would be auctioned off at the Chaplaincy’s “White Horse Award” ceremony to be held at Santa Anita Park during the Breeders Cup Classic in November 2013, I knew right away that I needed to submit a design. Having been personally involved as an owner of a racehorse and as an artist, having specifically studied the sporting horse under Sam Savitt, Jean Bowman, Faye Moore and James Crow, I was inspired to create a pony design worthy of the majestic and elegant race horse. I’d been waiting for the opportunity to enter a racehorse design for consideration by the Trail of the Painted Ponies. This was it!" - Tesha Hammonds

Tesha Hammonds
Artist Tesha Hammonds




 

2015 Collectors Choice Ornaments

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A Star is Born Ornament

by Kathleen Moody

A Tribute to the Appaloosa Horse...

Each Spring, a ritual is reborn across the great plains, as Appaloosa mares give birth to the next generation of foals.These majestic horses were beloved by Native Americans, and were prized for their bold colors and brave hearts. "A Star is Born," captures this breathtaking renewal of life as a mother proudly welcomes her beautiful baby.

To learn more about the Appaloosa Horse Club, please visit: www.appaloosa.com

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine sculptor and painter who has created animal sculptures for DaBar Enterprises, Safari and Hartlan, and numerous horse sculptures for Breyer, Kathleen is the designer behind Appaloosa mare and foal titled "A Star is Born" which is the third design in the Beauty of the Breed Series.




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Butterflies Run Free Ornament
by Jesse Leach

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The most colorful and beautiful of all butterflies and a winged symbol of freedom, Monarch butterflies are unique in the way that, each year, they flee the seasonal cold in the eastern United States, and migrate several thousand miles to spend the winter in the warm mountainous fir forests of Mexico, where superstitions claim they are the souls of the dead returned.

For several years now, Jesse Leach has been passionate about creating wonderfully varied custom Painted Ponies. “I couldn’t stop once I started. I use my knowledge of color, sculpting, drawing, flower arrangement and lace in my creations. With these Ponies, I no longer see my work with others names on it. I still work in an office, but rush home every day to pick up these beautiful little canvases and grow creatively.”


 

 

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Guardian of Sunset's Gate Ornament

by Alanna Donohue

As night falls, evil looms. Sunset is the time of day when Indian maidens, children and their horses are at highest risk of being stolen by warriors from other tribes. It is a dangerous time when braves with keen senses take responsibility for the protection of their people, and along with their ever-alert horses, become watchmen of the night… guardians of sunset’s gate.

Alanna has always loved art and horses, since she was just a little girl. Her first figurine for The Trail was the Dixie Stampede exclusive "American Spirit." Alanna has spent 17 years in the home decorating field, which has enhanced her design abilities and resourcefulness.


 

 

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Prince of the Wind Ornament

by Kathleen Moody

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As the story is told, when Sky and Earth gave birth to a royal son they endowed him with the power to fly without wings, the ability to dance without music, and the endurance to rule over the vast Arabian desert. Last of all, they painted his nature with beauty and grace, before enthroning him as “Prince of the Wind.”

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine sculptor and painter who has created animal sculptures for DaBar Enterprises, Safari and Hartlan, and numerous horse sculptures for Breyer, Kathleen is the designer behind the Arabian "Prince of the Wind" which is the fourth design in the Beauty of the Breed Series.






2014 Collectors Choice Ornaments

In 2014 The Trail of Painted Ponies released the first Collectors Choice Ornaments. Inspired by best-selling figurines, these ornaments quickly became a hit among collectors everywhere.



Don't Fence Me In Ornament
by Kathleen Moody

Developed in Great Britain after World War II by Gypsies who wanted to create an artistic breed of horse to pull their highly decorated and colorful caravans, Gypsy Vanners are small draft horses popularly recognized for their long and flowing manes and tails, and the lush feathers on their lower legs that swish when they move. When a Vanner stallion kicks up its heels and runs across a pasture, it all but calls out, with class, presence and style, “Hey! Look at me! I am special. I can do anything. Don’t fence me in.”

The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine sculptor and painter who has created animal sculptures for DaBar Enterprises, Safari and Hartlan, and numerous horse sculptures for Breyer, Kathleen is the designer behind the Gypsy Vanner "Don't Fence Me In" which is the second figurine in the Beauty of the Breed Series.





Painted Harmony Ornament
by Janee Hughes


Known for its distinctive markings the American Paint Horse is a colorful naturally intelligent and a versatile Western breed. Characterized by a broad chest well-muscled hindquarters and refined head Paint Horses come in a variety of coat patterns. “Painted Harmony” was inspired by the close relationship between mare and foal, exemplified here by the seamless blending of this mare’s coat pattern into her foal’s.


In 1966 Janee graduated from Willamette University with a BA in art. She began teaching art in Junior High the same year. Janee retired in 1997 and began spending more time drawing and painting. In 1999, one of Janee's paintings won second prize at the Umpqua Valley Arts Equine show. Janee has owned, bred and trained horses for over 40 years.






Rhinestone Cowgirl Ornament
by Karlynn Keyes & Valor Lee




Every horse-loving girl knows the secret…it's all about the sparkle! From bling on Western belts to dazzling earrings, bracelets and more, Cowgirls know how to ride through life in style. And, no self-respecting Cowgirl would ever head out on the trail without her favorite rhinestone purse. Bring on the bling and saddle-up for the ride of a lifetime with Rhinestone Cowgirl. Shine On!

Karlynn Keyes –The former President of The Trail of Painted Ponies is also a talented designer who has created some of the best-selling Painted Ponies of all time, including Cowgirl Cadillac, King of Hearts & Silverado. Now, she has taken her entrepreneurial spirit and developed an exciting new design company with her daughter, Valor Lee. To learn more about their new brands, please visit: DoubleStarStudio.com.



 

 


Storm Rider Ornament
by Rod Barker & Lauren Reeser


The sky darkens ominously. Gusting blasts of wind kick up dust. Z-bolts of lightning flash from cloud-to-ground like jagged spears thrown by an angry mythological god. There is a sudden loud crack of thunder that sounds like the floorboards of Heaven have collapsed under the weight of the rain, snow and hail that pour down from above, as “Storm Rider” charges across the landscape, snorting, rearing, and bucking like a wild stallion.

"Often I have been asked how my background as a writer prepared me to found what has become a successful business story. The answer is easy. Writers begin with an idea they are passionate about, they do their R and D (research and development), and they come up with a product they believe in. Then they must deliver it to the marketplace. Writers are, in other words, the ultimate entrepreneurs." - Rod Barker

To read more about Rod Barker, Click Here



 

 


Trail of Tears Ornament
by Vickie Knepper-Adrian

 


A dramatic and moving follow-up to the bestselling “Wounded Knee,” “Trail of Tears’ respectfully remembers one of the saddest episodes in American and Native American history: the forced relocation of the Cherokee Indians from their Tribal Lands to Oklahoma during the brutal winter of 1838. This Painted Pony represents the struggle of the Cherokee people who were made to march more than a thousand miles under the worst possible conditions. There were many losses during this long march, it is said that a beautiful Cherokee Rose grew wherever a tear had fallen, in remembrance of those who were lost. Somehow the Cherokee managed to survive the cold and the snow, their dignity intact, in the belief there were better days to come.

"I have come to realize that part of my inspiration to create these Native pieces is to touch people in some way, to spark a curiosity about a culture or people they didn’t know, to educate them about a time or place in history or to evoke an emotional response by giving them a connection to a piece."
-Vickie Knepper-Adrian