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Collector's Guide - Patriotic Ponies Theme

Here you will find invaluable information regarding The Trail of Painted Ponies figurines. To begin select the Pony you would like more information about. Then you will be taken to a page for each Pony that features the image and story of the Painted Pony along with the release date, artist's name, size, material and retirement date.

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Fallen Heroes Memorial Pony
Fallen Heroes Memorial Pony

Pony Story: There could be no more deserving example, in modern times, of bravery and heroic conduct than the firemen and policemen who pay the ultimate price while keeping the rest of us out of harm's way. Drawing on traditional imagery observed at the funerals of military heroes ? a riderless horse with a pair of empty high-top boots fitted in the stirrups backward ? The Trail of Painted Ponies, in collaboration with assorted artisans and craftsmen, created this emotionally stirring and uniquely American tribute to these Fallen Heroes.

Item #: 12212
Release Date: Summer 2005
Artist: The Trail of Painted Ponies Design Department
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: July 2007
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/8202


Fireman Pony
Fireman Pony

Pony Story: Horses were an important part of the early Fire Services, hauling water wagons to the scene of burning buildings and houses. Cleverly, and with humor and affection, Dwayne and Ginger Ulibarri have captured that sense of the horse as a fireman's best friend. As well as being artists in their own right, the Ulibarris operate the Albuquerque foundry where the Painted Pony forms are cast.

Item #: 1453
Release Date: Winter 2003
Artist: Dwayne and Ginger Ulibarri
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: July 2005
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/8046


First Comes Freedom
First Comes Freedom

Pony Story: “In defense of freedom, I have been part of this country’s military operations since the birth of America in 1776. I have carried soldiers and supplies and ammunition millions of miles through many tough conflicts – from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War to World War I and World War II, all the way through to Operation Enduring Freedom. I wear the traditional camouflage colors of the United States Military proudly, and will continue to serve whenever I am called to duty.”

Item #: 4035094
Release Date: Spring 2013
Artist: Janet Snyder
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: February 2015
Last Number at Retirement: 1/3004


For Spacious Skies
For Spacious Skies

Pony Story: "Some of the most famous memorials, monuments and landmarks in our country inspired my Pony," says the artist, a full-time graphic designer at the University of Illinois. While acknowledging that Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial can only be fully appreciated when experienced in person, Janet wanted her Pony to be a kind of road trip across America... on horseback. The original For Spacious Skies was the People's Choice Award winner of the national America the Beautiful competition. A full-time graphic designer at the University of Illinois, Janet complements her professional career designing posters, fliers and advertisements with wonderfully rendered commissions of animals, mainly dogs and horses.

Item #: 12274
Release Date: Summer 2008
Artist: Janet Snyder
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: July 2011
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/3271


Freedom Reigns
Freedom Reigns

Pony Story: What better way of showing the Spirit of America than to remember our heritage through our nation's symbols – from the Statue of Liberty, which was given to us in honor of our ideals of freedom and liberty for all... to the Declaration of Independence, a document that provided us with a democratic government, ensuring individual freedoms, equality and independence for all citizens... to the White House and Capitol Building, where our leaders work to improve and secure our national heritage and principles... all wrapped up in the Stars and Stripes that we display and wave proudly in times of war, grief and celebration.

Item #: 4034631
Release Date: Winter 2013
Artist: Marilyn Sunderland
Material: Resin
Size: 6.5" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: February 2015
Last Number at Retirement: 1/3722


Give Me Wings
Give Me Wings

Pony Story: Many of the Painted Ponies carry messages or themes, and this is one for our time. It was inspired by a poem Kathy wrote after the events of September 11: "I will not forget those who sacrificed on the altar of freedom. Precious freedom, give me wings to soar beyond my dreams and touch the stars." As a child of the Southwest, the artist was raised on the San Carlos Apache Reservation and Pine Ridge Sioux Reservation, where her father trained Indian police forces.

Item #: 1471
Release Date: Summer 2003
Artist: Kathy Morrow
Material: Ceramic
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: July 2005
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/7462


Patrol Horse
Patrol Horse

Pony Story: Although there is a historical relationship between horse and law enforcement ? think Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Texas Rangers ? the partnership today is limited primarily to search and rescue missions and crowd control. Nevertheless, out of respect for tradition, the creative team of Dwayne and Ginger Ulibarri has created a "poster mount," smartly tacking up their pony in an officer's uniform, polished black boots, campaign hat, mirrored shades and the classic imperturbable expression that makes you wonder if he has eyes in the back of his head. Nothing is going to rock this Pony's world!

Item #: 1457
Release Date: Summer 2003
Artist: Dwayne and Ginger Ulibarri
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: July 2005
Last Number at Retirement: 2E/2888


Spirit of Freedom
Spirit of Freedom

Pony Story: In America, no bird has the symbolic power of the eagle. Native Americans considered eagles to be holy and their feathers sacred, which is why they adorned themselves with eagle feathers to show their rank in the tribe. It is said that the eagle became our national emblem when, at one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War, eagles circled in the sky above the patriots fighting below, "shrieking for freedom." Combining a bald eagle with red, white and blue colors and the stars and stripes of the American flag, Spirit of Freedom soars.

Item #: 4027276
Release Date: Winter 2012
Artist: Lynn Bean
Material: Resin
Size: 8.5" Tall
Form: Rearing
Retired: No


Standing on Guard
Standing on Guard

Pony Story: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have proudly served Canada and its people since 1873. This colourful tradition continues with a spectacle known around the world as the Musical Ride. In keeping with tradition, the Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of thirty-two riders who are first and foremost police officers, along with their awe-inspiring horses. The Musical Ride consists of a stunning variety of intricate figures and cavalry drill, choreographed to music. Standing on Guard is a tribute to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Musical Ride, where months of training and practice make horse and rider one. To learn more about the RCMP please Google: Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Item #: 4024485
Release Date: Spring 2011
Artist: Fabienne Leydecker and Royal Canadian Mounted Poli
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: May 2013
Last Number at Retirement: 1E/4584


Star Spangled Rodeo
Star Spangled Rodeo

Pony Story: Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together as we welcome, Star Spangled Rodeo. With that introduction, a magnificent white Appaloosa decorated with a distinctive blue-star pattern prances into the center of the arena, a sight so beautiful that fans are left breathless. As they leap to their feet, the rumble of a trumpet signals the start of the National Anthem, Old Glory snaps in the breeze, the thunder of applause swells from the stands, and another Rodeo begins! Cowboy Up!

Item #: 4046344
Release Date: Winter 2015
Artist: Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Regal
Retired: July 2016
Last Number at Retirement: 1/3002


Stars and Stirrups
Stars and Stirrups

Pony Story: "The freedom we associate with the American West was enshrined in the act of a cowboy driving cattle across the plains on horseback," according to the artist who created Stars and Stirrups. Note the details that are both authentic and symbolic: an old rebuilt saddle with eagle bill tapaderos; the rawhide lariat, canteen, blanket and slicker; the 1873 Winchester rifle holstered in a leather scabbard; and the American flag that comes alive on the Pony, waving and rolling, while the tatters dance with silhouettes of riders roping and gathering steers, as the cattle drive moves slowly along.

Item #: 4018392
Release Date: Winter 2011
Artist: Kevin Kilhoffer
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: July 2014
Last Number at Retirement: 1/6592


Trail of Honor
Trail of Honor

Pony Story: At this time in our history, it is important to acknowledge all the men and women who have served, and are serving in our Armed Forces, including those of Native American ancestry. The inspiration for this Pony came to a Virginia-based artist while attending a powwow, when she saw an American flag and an Eagle staff carried proudly by two Native American veterans of foreign wars. She imagined a Painted Pony that symbolically connected those warriors who courageously fought against the United States government with those who proudly fought to protect America. It would be a white Pony painted with traditional Plains Indian symbols, standing between Old Glory and an Eagle staff, with a royal blue coverlet draped over the horse's back on which were sewn patches from each of the United States Armed Forces: the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. Devon lives in Warrenton, Virginia. Her original Masterwork, Fancy Dancer, won the People's Choice Award in the Native Art of Horse Painting national competition, and is also available as a figurine.

Item #: 12267
Release Date: Winter 2008
Artist: Devon Archer
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: February 2011
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/2046


Unconquered
Unconquered

Pony Story: On a literal level, "Unconquered" depicts a magnificent white stallion - radiant and shimmering, mane and tail flying in the wind, a symbol of power, strength and renewal - rising Phoenix-like from the rubble of the fallen World Trade Center that was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. But this only tells half the story, for there is a deeper meaning behind this stunning sculpture.

Item #: 4055520
Release Date: Summer 2016
Artist: Kathleen Moody
Material: Resin
Size: 9.5" Tall
Form: Triumphant
Retired: No


Unconquered Ornament
Unconquered Ornament

Pony Story: On a literal level, "Unconquered" depicts a magnificent white stallion - radiant and shimmering, mane and tail flying in the wind, a symbol of power, strength and renewal - rising Phoenix-like from the rubble of the fallen World Trade Center that was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. But this only tells half the story, for there is a deeper meaning behind this stunning sculpture.

Item #: 4058161
Release Date: Winter 2017
Artist: Kathleen Moody
Material: Resin
Size: 3.3" Tall
Form: Triumphant
Retired: No


Yankee Doodle
Yankee Doodle

Pony Story: Fireworks, a starry sky, an American flag, and notes of music strung across it all, this Pony reminds us of the song that was originally sung by British military officers before the Revolutionary War to make fun of the ragtag farmers that made up the colonial army, whom they perceived as country bumpkins. When the "Yankees" defeated the British, however, they began singing it as a proud anthem to taunt their English foes. Today, "Yankee Doodle" is one of America's most popular patriotic songs.

Item #: 4040981
Release Date: Winter 2014
Artist: Lexie Palmore
Material: Resin
Size: 8.5" Tall
Form: Rearing
Retired: July 2015
Last Number at Retirement: 1/3,002