Questions?

Welcome to The Trail of Painted Ponies. Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions from collectors. Happy Collecting and Happy Trails!

Click on the categories below to answer your questions:

Original Painted Ponies

  • Life-size
  • Masterworks
  • Maquettes
  • Paint Your Own Pony
  • Submissions
  • Competitions

Figurines

  • Number of Figurines
  • Release Dates
  • Retired Ponies
  • Exclusive Painted Ponies
  • Numbering
  • Autographed Painted Ponies

Happy Trails Collection

  • Release Information
  • Size and Design
  • Price
  • Collectibility Features

Celebrations Collection

  • Release Information
  • Size
  • Collectibility Features

Shopping

  • Purchasing
  • Shipping

Collecting

  • Displaying
  • Tips for Authenticating Ponies
  • Cleaning & Repairing

Merchandise

  • Ornaments
  • Jeweled Gift Boxes
  • Clothing & Jewelry
  • Puzzles

Publishing

  • Collector’s Edition Books
  • American ArtParades
  • Children’s Prayers
  • Ride the Sky

Philanthropy

  • Educational Partners
  • Philanthropic Partners
  • Corporate Partners
  • Artistic Partners

Original Painted Ponies

1. How many Original Painted Ponies are there? There are 150 Life-size Painted Ponies, 40 Masterwork Painted Ponies and more than 100 Maquette Painted Ponies. There are also 5 Original Masterpieces.

2. How do Artists submit designs for Original Painted Ponies? Artists may email or mail their designs to The Trail of Painted Ponies offices for consideration. Artists may also submit photos of completed designs on Paint Your Own Pony Kits. Finally, artists are invited to enter all of The Trail of Painted Ponies Competitions and Contests. Click Here to learn more.

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Figurines

1. Do all the figurines begin as original works of fine art?
Yes. The Trail of Painted Ponies takes pride in all of the authentic, original artwork that is created by select artists throughout the country and around the world. As opposed to many collectibles that are generated solely for the collectible market, The Trail of Painted Ponies figurines and merchandise all begin as original works-of-art. The Trail of Painted Ponies figurines are meticulously crafted miniature works-of-art that were initially created as life-size Ponies, Masterworks, Maquettes or Paint Your Own Pony Kit Ponies. Many original Painted Ponies are sold through the Official Painted Ponies Website.

2. Are all the Painted Ponies pictured in The Trail of Painted Ponies books available as figurines?
No. The books are not a catalog, although in the back of the books you will find a section that contains all the Painted Ponies that have been crafted as figurines at the time the book was printed. For a current list of Painted Ponies, please visit the Collectors Checklist.

3. How many figurines have been created?
There have been 256 Painted Ponies figurines in total crafted to date including 40 Holiday Painted Ponies, 10 Exclusive Painted Ponies, 4 Four Seasons Collection Painted Ponies, 1 Masterpiece Collection Pony and 2 Celebrity Collection figurines.

4. How do you decide which figurines to cast in resin and which in ceramic?
When embellishments, or details are added to the design of an original Painted Pony that add dimension, the Painted Pony will be cast in resin. If the original Painted Pony is created in a simple graphic design it will usually be cast in ceramic and the design will be hand-painted or a high-resolution decal will be hand applied.

5. How often are new figurines announced, how many figurines are in each release?
There are four figurine releases each year: Winter Release, Spring Release, Summer Release and the Fall Release. Each release includes four new Painted Ponies, and the Summer Release also includes four new Holiday Ponies. For figurine announcements visit the Official Painted Ponies Website.

6. What does the numbering on the bottom of the figurine mean?
The first number on the bottom of the Painted Pony is the Edition Number. This number will have an “E” after it (example: 1E, 2E, 3E). The second number refers to the number of that particular Painted Pony in reference to the Edition that it was created in. This number will be between 1 and 10,000, since there are 10,000 Painted Ponies in each Edition.

7. When a new release is announced, how long will it take to be shipped?
Generally, it takes one to four months from the time a new herd is released to when it is shipped to retail stores and the Official Painted Ponies Store. Autographed Editions, take an additional two weeks for the artists to sign their figurines.

8. How do you decide which figurines to Retire and when are they announced?
Every year we Retire a number of Painted Ponies – or as we prefer to say, “We put them out to pasture.” Various considerations come into play: how well that particular Painted Pony is performing in the marketplace, whether we have other Ponies with a similar design that we would like to introduce. Sometimes, we will also Retire a Painted Pony that is very popular!

9. How do I purchase a Retired Painted Pony or Autographed Figurine from a previous release?
You may purchase these figurines through Treasures from the Vault.

10. How many Exclusive Painted Ponies have been created and where can I purchase them?
There have been nine Exclusive Painted Ponies created, and they are:

  1. “Reflections of Australia,” created exclusively for the country of Australia.
  2. “Kindred Spirits,” created exclusively for Dillard’s Department Stores.
  3. “Run for the Roses,” created exclusively for Dillard’s Department Stores.
  4. “High Desert Horse Feathers,” created exclusively for the High Desert State Bank in New Mexico.
  5. The “Phoenix Pony,”created exclusively for the store The Phoenix at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
  6. “Maple Leaf Pony,” created exclusively for retailers in Canada.
  7. “Grand Prix,” created exclusively for Dillard’s Department Stores.
  8. “Festival of Champions,” created exclusively for Dillard’s Department Stores.
  9. “American Spirit,” created exclusive for Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.
  10. "Finale," created exclusively for Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede.

If you would like to purchase any of these Exclusive Painted Ponies, please visit Treasures from the Vault.

11. What is the “Official Autographed Edition”?
Painted Ponies
figurines have become one of the most popular collectibles in America. Certain factors add to their collectibility and enhance their perceived value: whether the figurine is hand-signed by the artist; if the figurine is retired; and if the edition number is low. As a way of creating value and assuring collectors that the signatures on the Painted Ponies are authentic, we created the Official Autographed Edition. It consists of a limited number first edition Painted Ponies, hand-signed and hand-numbered by the artist. Each is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity that is also hand-signed and hand-numbered by the artist. These Official Autographed Editions are available exclusively through Treasures from the Vault, and select retailers across the country. These are the ONLY Painted Ponies that the artist both hand-signs and hand-numbers that come with Official Certificates of Authenticity, and they are all Limited Editions.

12. My Painted Pony is missing the Story Card and original box. Can I get either of these replaced?
We do not overprint the Story Cards, or produce extra boxes for the Painted Ponies. However, you may download the Story Cards from our Official Painted Ponies Website by Clicking Here. You may also find the Story Cards in the back of The Trail of Painted Ponies Anniversary Edition Book, which may be purchased from our Official Painted Ponies Store. To purchase this book, please Click Here.

13. Are The Trail of Painted Ponies figurines lead-free?
Yes, both The Trail of Painted Ponies figurines and the Jeweled Gift Boxes are lead-free. They are carefully sculpted and painted using the finest materials and Lead-Free paints.

14. Where are The Trail of Painted Ponies figurines crafted?
Our figurines are miniature works-of-art that are hand-crafted in China and Thailand. We use the finest collectible companies in the world, and work hard to bring collectors the best quality and value available.

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Happy Trails Collection

What is the Happy Trails Collection?

  1. A companion collection to the existing six inch line of figurines.
  2. They are typically more youthful, whimsical Painted Ponies.
  3. They make perfect gifts for younger collectors, or collectors wanting to expand their existing Painted Ponies collections.
  4. They have the popular “signature” look of Painted Ponies.
  5. They are all miniature works of art, and they each begin with original artwork by an artist.
  6. They all come with a story.
  7. The first release was announced on June 1, 2011.
  8. The Happy Trails Collection is no longer crafted.

2. How is the Happy Trails Collection different from the classic Painted Pony figurines?

  1. They are smaller in size by approximately two inches.
  2. They are less expensive – around $25.
  3. They feature less complicated designs.
  4. They don’t have a title plaque – the title appears on the underside of the base.
  5. The story appears on a decal on the underside of the base.
  6. They come with a production date symbol on the bottom, indicating the year they were manufactured (A horseshoe for 2011, a star for 2012).
  7. They are available only in resin.
  8. They come in their own distinctive packaging.
  9. They will not have editions numbers.

To view and order the Happy Trails Collection from Official Painted Ponies Store, Click Here.

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Celebrations Collection

1. What is the Celebrations Collection?

  1. The Celebrations Collection features 12 miniature, hand-painted Ponies that celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and all of life’s special seasons and moments.
  2. This “giftable” collection was created especially for collecting and gift giving.
  3. This is a companion collection to the existing six inch line of figurines.
  4. They are each 2.5 to 3.5 inches tall.
  5. They are all resin, with a glossy finish.
  6. Each comes in their own distinctive packaging.
  7. They do not come with a story, or Story Card.
  8. They do not have edition numbers.
  9. The first release was announced on April 1, 2011.
  10. The Celebrations Collection is no longer crafted.

To view and order the Celebrations Collection from Official Painted Ponies Store, Click Here.

Shopping

1. How do I purchase The Trail of Painted Ponies figurines or merchandise? You may purchase The Trail of Painted Ponies figurines and merchandise directly through our Official Painted Ponies Store. To visit, please Click Here.

2. Can I purchase a gift certificate from the Official Painted Ponies Store? Gift certificates are not currently available from our Official Painted Ponies Store. However, this feature will be offered in the future. Please keep checking our Official Painted Ponies Store for this update. You may also sign up for our Wish List, which can be sent to anyone, by Clicking Here.

3. What are the shipping costs for orders (non-international) placed through the Official Painted Ponies Store? Shipping costs are based on the amount of your order, the location that it is being shipped to, and the shipping method that you choose. For more information, Click Here.

4. Does the Official Painted Ponies Store ship internationally? Yes. When you proceed to the checkout on the Official Painted Ponies Store, you will be given the option to ship internationally to specific countries. Please note: there are some countries that we cannot ship to internationally.

5. What are the shipping costs for international orders placed through the Official Painted Ponies Store? Our Official Painted Ponies Store will gladly ship your Painted Ponies internationally. The price of international shipping is determined by location, the cost of your order and the weight of your package. The international shipping cost is added to your purchase after you “add your items to the cart” and “proceed to the checkout” on our Official Painted Ponies Store. You will have the option to decline the purchase of your items if you do not wish to complete the order.

6. When you Pre-Order figurines, how long will it take to ship them? Generally one to four months.

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Collecting

1. How should I display my Painted Ponies Collection?

  • To prevent figurines from being knocked over by cats, dogs, children and visitors, keep them in closed cabinets or high off the ground.
  • Ideally, display shelves should have edges on the front so pieces will not easily slide off. Mirrored backing will “double” your enjoyment.
  • Watch out for display areas located near water sources such as water pipes, fish tanks and sinks.
  • Keep collectibles away from heat, e.g. fireplaces, radiators, floor heaters, stoves and high-watt light bulbs. Heat tends to cause finishes on resin or ceramics to change color.
  • Do not display collectibles near sunlight. Ultraviolet rays from the sun destroys color pigments.

2. How can I repair a broken figurine?

  • Relax; it almost certainly can be repaired.
  • Pick up all the pieces. Protect your hands with gloves.
  • Wrap the larger pieces in bubble wrap or other protectant.
  • Never use silicone rubber to glue pieces back together.
  • Super glue is the recommended bonding agent.
  • The best protection for any collection is a good insurance policy. Most homeowner or renter policies cover a certain amount of art and collectibles but they usually have a $500 deductible. If you have a valuable collection you should consider extending coverage.

3. How can I find out what the perceived value of a particular Painted Pony is? The “perceived value” of any particular Painted Pony depends on a number of factors. We recommend checking on eBay for the same figurine with a similiar edition number to find the current "perceived value." When searching on eBay, be sure to look for the price a figurine has sold for to get the most accurate price. We do know that Autographed, Retired and Low Edition Painted Ponies appreciate quickly in value.

4. Tips for Authenticating 1E Painted Ponies in the 1st and 2nd Releases:

  • The copyright date on all 1E ponies from the first herd and second herd should be 2003.
  • The copyright should read “™ and © 2003 The Trail of Painted Ponies, LLC”, on authentic 1E Ponies from the first and second herd.
  • The artist’s name should not be present.
  • 1E Ponies from the first and second herd should read “Made in China” as opposed to “Handcrafted in China”.
  • 1E Ponies from the first through fourth herd should come in a black box with a black hangtag. However, please note, that some sellers having found a rare older 1E Pony with no box or tag, may replace that black box with a red box or tag. If you have any doubts, ask the seller.
  • If you have any doubts about a Pony, and there is no photo of the base in the listing, ask for a photo of the base to either be posted in the listing or emailed to you. If the seller can’t provide a picture, you will need to make a decision as to whether or not you want to bid on that Pony.
  • The artists’ names were added to the base of the figurines during the 4th Release.
  • The Trail incorporated in 2005 during the 5th Release. Ponies manufactured after that date will read “….the Trail of Painted Ponies, Inc.” This may also include older ponies released prior to 2005 if they are a high edition.
  • Know your seller – check their feedback and see if there have been any problems.
  • For the third herd, the copyright date for the ceramic ponies should be 2003 if they are a 1E, but 2004 if they are a resin Pony. This herd was announced in December 2003, but released in January, 2004.

Thank you to the individuals that contributed with the compilation of this information and most notably the members of the Painted Ponies Chat Message Board, sometimes known as the "Pony Posse."

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Merchandise

1. What type of merchandise has The Trail of Painted Ponies crafted to complement the figurines? The Trail of Painted Ponies has created a broad range of fine merchandise including: Ornaments, Jeweled Gift Boxes, Clothing, Candles, Art Glass and more.

2. How many ornaments have been created? There have been 65 resin Trail of Painted Ponies Ornaments crafted to date. In addition to the resin ornaments, there have also been 6 Blown Glass Ornaments crafted. The resin ornaments are announced with the Summer Release each year.

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Publishing

1. How many books has The Trail of Painted Ponies published and what are the titles? The Trail of Painted Ponies has published several Best-Selling books including: The Trail of Painted Ponies, The Trail of Painted Ponies Second Edition, The Trail of Painted Ponies Third Edition, The Trail of Painted Ponies Collectors Edition, The Trail of Painted Ponies Updated Collectors Edition, The Trail of Painted Ponies: Anniversary Edition. The Trail has also published a small inspirational book titled Ride the Sky along with the award-winning coffee-table book American ArtParades. The newest book is A Painted Ponies Christmas, which features Holiday Ponies set in backgrounds inspired by vintage Christmas cards with inspirational quotes. The Trail of Painted Ponies also promotes the award-winning book Children’s Prayers for America.

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Philanthropy

1. Has The Trail of Painted Ponies donated to or helped any philanthropic organizations? The Trail of Painted Ponies continues to support worthy non-profit organizations. To date we have helped raise over 1 million dollars to support youth, education, animals, the arts and the environment. The Trail of Painted Ponies donates a portion of the proceeds from each sale through the Official Painted Ponies Store, to support worthy non-profit organizations. For more information on The Trail of Painted Ponies Philanthropic Partnerships, Click Here.

Below is a list of the many non-profit organizations that we have partnered with and supported over the years:

1. Altered Tails
2. American Humane Society
3. American Indian Services
4. Americans for Indian Opportunity
5. ARTsmart
6. Big Brothers Big Sisters
7. Boys & Girls Ranch
8. Buckaroo Ball
9. Canine Companions for Independence
10. Capital District Humane Association
11. Carlsbad Area Art Association
12. Carlsbad Boys & Girls Club
13. Casa Esperanza
14. Challenge New Mexico
15. Childhelp
16. Coalition for Youth
17. Colorado Horse Rescue
18. Dallas Charity Horse Shows
19. Desert Academy
20. Dream Catcher Foundation
21. Dressage 4 Kids
22. Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association
23. Esperanza Shelter for Battered Women
24. Farmington Polo Club
25. First Book
26. Food Depot
27. 4H Pepperell Trailblazers
28. Friends Forever
29. Friends of the Mesa Public Library
30. Futures for Children
31. Ghost Ranch Conference Center
32. Girls Inc. of Santa Fe
33. Habitat for Humanity
34. Hall of Flame Firefighters Museum
35. Heard Museum
36. Heartbridge
37. Hogares
38. Hopi Educational Endowment Fund



39. Humane Society of the United States International Guardian Angels Outreach
40. Jewish Federation of Greater Albuquerque
41. Lincoln K-8 Choice School Auction
42. Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
43 Museum of International Folk Art
44. National High School Rodeo Crisis Fund
45. New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of
Women in the Arts
46. New Mexico Environmental Law Center
47. North American Riding for the Handicapped
Association, Inc.
48. Northern New Mexico Woodworker’s Guild
49. Packages From Home
50. Partners in Education
51. Pegasus Therapeutic Riding
52. Pegasus Riding Academy
53. PetSmart Charities
54. Pecos Valley Potters Guild
55. Premiere Dancers
56. Program Planning Team Auction Committee
57. Project Sage Horse Rescue
58. Roswell Baptist Temple
59. Roswell Humane Society
60. SAARC
61. Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital
62. Saint Michael’s High School
63. Saint Vincent Hospital Foundation
64. Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society
65. Santa Fe Futures for Children
66. Santa Fe Waldorf School
67. Santa Fe Youth Symphony
68. Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra
69. Shakespeare in Santa Fe
70. Southwestern College
71. Spirit Wind Farms
72. Taos Community Foundation
73. The Luv Shack Ranch
74. United Way FireStar Project
75. Warehouse 21 Santa Fe Teen Art Center
76. Women’s Community Association


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