Beauty of the Breed Series

The Trail of Painted Ponies has artistically celebrated the inspirational power of the horse by inviting artists to think of the horse as a canvas for creative expression. We expanded on this idea with the Beauty of the Breed Series. Artists were invited to artistically render realistic representations of a specific horse breed in a way that captured their beauty and spirit.


 


Born to Run Figurine
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

7.25" Tall


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".


 


Dance of the Lipizzans Figurine
by Lori Musil

6" Tall


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.


 


Arabian Splendor Figurine
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

7.5" Tall


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 "Arabian Splendor."




Home Sweet Home Figurine
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

5.2" Tall


The Clydesdale is a popular breed that originated in mid-18th Century Scotland, and was historically used to haul carts and carriages. It is known as a “gentle giant” for its large size and easygoing temperament. With “Home Sweet Home,” the artist has captured its loving and nurturing side by placing a newborn foal cuddled in the protective care of its proud mother. For Clydesdale babies, mom is home.

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 a number of Painted Ponies in the Beauty of the Breed Series.


 


Cloud Hunter Figurine
by Janee Hughes

10.5" Tall

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.




Little Big Horse Figurine
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

7" Tall


A Tribute to the Norwegian Fjord Horse…

There's a good reason why the Norwegian Fjord Horse was the inspiration for the horse in the animated Disney hit, "Frozen." A reason beyond the way its expressive eyes, amiable nature, charming personality, and distinctive crescent-shaped mane made it an endearing character, as distinctive in appearance as a unicorn. Selectively bred by Vikings to be hard-working, dependable and "bomb proof," a Fjord was perfectly cast as a little horse with a big heart.

To learn more about the NFHR please visit: www.nfhr.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 a number of Painted Ponies in the Beauty of the Breed Series.

 


 


Stand By Me FIgurine
by The Trail of Painted Ponies

7.25" Tall

 

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.

 





Prince of the Wind Figurine
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

7.5" Tall

 

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 a number of Painted Ponies in the Beauty of the Breed Series.

 


 


A Star is Born Figurine
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

8" Tall


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 a number of Painted Ponies in the Beauty of the Breed Series.

 



 


Don't Fence Me In Figurine
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

7" Tall


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 a number of Painted Ponies in the Beauty of the Breed Series.


 


Painted Harmony Figurine
by Janee Hughes

7" Tall


A Tribute to the American Paint Horse...

Known for its distinctive markings, the American Paint Horse is a colorful, naturally intelligent and highly 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. "Painted Harmony" was the winning design in a national competition marking the 50th anniversary of the American Paint Horse Association.

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

A horsewoman, former school teacher in her home state of Oregon, author of several children's books, restorer of carousel horses, and Painted Ponies artist extraordinaire, Janee Hughes' design submission to the national art completion co-sponsored by the American Paint Horse Association, "Painted Harmony," was the runaway winner when America was asked to cast its vote for the design that best represented the beauty of the Paint Horse breed.




Beauty of the Breed Ornaments




Cloud Hunter Ornament
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

2.5" Tall


A Tribute to the Norwegian Fjord Horse…

There's a good reason why the Norwegian Fjord Horse was the inspiration for the horse in the animated Disney hit, "Frozen." A reason beyond the way its expressive eyes, amiable nature, charming personality, and distinctive crescent-shaped mane made it an endearing character, as distinctive in appearance as a unicorn. Selectively bred by Vikings to be hard-working, dependable and "bomb proof," a Fjord was perfectly cast as a little horse with a big heart.

To learn more about the NFHR please visit: www.nfhr.com





Cloud Hunter Ornament
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

3" Tall


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.





Cloud Hunter Ornament
by Janee Hughes

3.7" Tall


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






Stand By Me Ornament
by The Trail of Painted Ponies

2.8" Tall




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’.

 






Prince of the Wind Ornament
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

2.5" Tall





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.”




A Star is Born Ornament
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

2.5" Tall

 

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


 




Don't Fence Me In Ornament
by Artist/Sculptor Kathleen Moody

2" Tall

 


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.”





Painted Harmony Ornament
by Janee Hughes

2.5" Tall




A Tribute to the American Paint Horse...

Known for its distinctive markings, the American Paint Horse is a colorful, naturally intelligent and highly 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. "Painted Harmony" was the winning design in a national competition marking the 50th anniversary of the American Paint Horse Association.

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