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Collector's Guide - Breeds of 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.

Remember to take a look at the Ponies by Theme pages where you will find all of your favorite Painted Ponies according to their style.

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A Star is Born
A Star is Born

Pony Story: 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

Item #: 4043946
Release Date: Summer 2014
Artist: Kathleen Moody
Material: Resin
Size: 8" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No


Apple-oosa
Apple-oosa

Pony Story: Writes the artist, "This Pony has a patriotic theme without the usual red, white and blue, stars-and-stripes motif. What is more American than the apple? Hot dogs, baseball and APPLE pie... I rest my case." Working primarily in watercolors and colored pencils, Penny has won a variety of national awards for her still-life paintings ? thus the exquisite realism of the apples adorning her Pony's flanks.

Item #: 1596
Release Date: Winter 2004
Artist: Penny Thomas Simpson
Material: Ceramic
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: January 2006
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/9234


Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights

Pony Story: Once upon a time in ancient Persia, there was a stunningly beautiful girl who told entrancing stories to her King for a thousand and one adventurous nights! The King was mesmerized by her storytelling and her knowledge of history, philosophy, poetry and the arts. This young woman was well read and well bred and she entertained and educated the King about morality and kindness, which forever changed the way he ruled. Finally, the King made her his Queen and, to thank her for the many nights of storytelling, he gave his beloved wife a white Arabian Horse, dressed in a classical Arabian Horse Costume featuring intricate patterns, stunning colors and an abundance of tassels. They named their horse Arabian Nights.

Item #: 4018389
Release Date: Winter 2010
Artist: Karlynn Keyes and Bryn Wilkins Lawson
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: July 2013
Last Number at Retirement: 2/4673


Arabian Splendor
Arabian Splendor

Pony Story: 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.

Item #: 4058154
Release Date: Winter 2017
Artist: Kathleen Moody
Material: Resin
Size: 7.5" Tall
Form: Prancing
Retired: No


Arabian Splendor Ornament
Arabian Splendor Ornament

Pony Story: 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.

Item #: 4058155
Release Date: Winter 2017
Artist: Kathleen Moody
Material: Resin
Size: 3" Tall
Form: Prancing
Retired: No


Best of Show
Best of Show

Pony Story: This Painted Pony celebrates many of the majestic breeds that compete in national and international competitions and horse shows. The Appaloosa, Trekhener Warmblood, Belgian, Andalusian, Standardbred, American Paint Horse, Arabian and Lipizzan are depicted prancing and parading in the tack appropriate to their breed. This prestigious title is awarded to horses whose pedigree and progeny assure the judges that they are in fact the Best of Show.

Item #: 4018388
Release Date: Winter 2010
Artist: Lori Musil
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: November 2013
Last Number at Retirement: 2/3522


Big Ben
Big Ben

Pony Story: Introducing Big Ben, a bold, British horse that represents the English riding style, which is renowned throughout the world. Great Britain will welcome spectators from across the globe to celebrate the Summer 2012 Olympics in London, with three equestrian disciplines; Dressage, Eventing and Jumping. This is the only Olympic sport where men and women compete against each other on equal terms. The U.K. is ready to showcase its finest sport horses in the land that has enchanted kings, queens and commoners for centuries and is synonymous with excellence in all horse sports. "Big Ben" is also the nickname for the bell and the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster in London. This beautiful Neo-gothic clock tower is over 150 years old and is one of the most revered and recognizable symbols in the world. Celebrate all things British with Big Ben.

Item #: 4027951
Release Date: Winter 2012
Artist: Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: November 2013
Last Number at Retirement: 1/2336


Born to Run
Born to Run

Pony Story: 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.

Item #: 4058150
Release Date: Winter 2017
Artist: Kathleen Moody
Material: Resin
Size: 7.25" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No


Buckskin
Buckskin

Pony Story: This spirited, horse is playfully wrapped in dollar bills, or bucks, which gives new meaning to the term "Buckskin!" Make no mistake, this Painted Pony has escaped from the US Treasury and is here to entertain. Which President of the United States is featured on the dollar bill? Whose signatures are on a dollar bill? Who is the current Secretary of the Treasury? Can you find the year that these bills were created? What does the great pyramid on the dollar bill represent? Who knew money was so beautiful and so much fun!

Item #: 4025998
Release Date: Fall 2011
Artist: Amber Sielesnew
Material: Resin
Size: 8.5" Tall
Form: Rearing
Retired: July 2014
Last Number at Retirement: 1/4000


Cloud Hunter
Cloud Hunter

Pony Story: 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

Item #: 4053769
Release Date: Winter 2016
Artist: Janee Hughes
Material: Resin
Size: 10.5" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No


Cloud Hunter Ornament
Cloud Hunter Ornament

Pony Story: 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

Item #: 4053770
Release Date: Winter 2016
Artist: Janee Hughes
Material: Resin
Size: 3.7" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No


Dance of the Lipizzans
Dance of the Lipizzans

Pony Story: 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.

Item #: 4055524
Release Date: Winter 2017
Artist: Lori Musil
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: No


Don't Fence Me In
Don't Fence Me In

Pony Story: 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."

Item #: 4040982
Release Date: Winter 2014
Artist: Kathleen Moody
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No


Don't Fence Me In Ornament
Don't Fence Me In Ornament

Pony Story: 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."

Item #: 4040983
Release Date: Winter 2014
Artist: Kathleen Moody
Material: Resin
Size: 2" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No


Ebony in Harmony
Ebony in Harmony

Pony Story: Paint Horses have inspired artists from the beginning of recorded time. Their likeness appears on prehistoric cave walls, on decorated pottery found in Egyptian tombs, and on buffalo robes painted by Indian tribes in the American West. Known for markings that often look like black paint splashed over a white horse’s body, no two Paint horses are ever the same. However horses do like companionship, and with this Painted Pony you will find that each Paint is paired with another, bringing harmony to the overall design.

Item #: 4037602
Release Date: Fall 2013
Artist: Lorna Matsuda
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: November 2014
Last Number at Retirement: 1/4,538


El Dorado
El Dorado

Pony Story: There is a legendary story of a magnificent "Lost City of Gold" which has fascinated explorers since the quests of the Conquistadors. This legend lives on in El Dorado, an amazing Andalusian horse, finely decorated in gold from his mane to his gilded horseshoes! The sacred symbol of "El Corazon," or "the heart," may be found in the fine details of this stunning Spanish Painted Pony. Follow your heart to El Dorado...

Item #: 4030258
Release Date: Fall 2012
Artist: Karlynn Keyes
Material: Resin
Size: 8.5" Tall
Form: Rearing
Retired: July 2015
Last Number at Retirement: 1/4,710


Friends Forever
Friends Forever

Pony Story: Friendship comes in many forms. Whether shared by two humans, or two horses standing together in the woods, the power of knowing someone else cares, thinks we're special, and loves us for who we are, makes life better.

Item #: 4036430
Release Date: Summer 2013
Artist: Lorna Matsuda
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: February 2016
Last Number at Retirement: 1/5,078


Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home

Pony Story: 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.

Item #: 4055519
Release Date: Summer 2016
Artist: Courtney Moore
Material: Resin
Size: 5.2" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No


King of Hearts
King of Hearts

Pony Story: Long ago, and far away, a majestic horse was born in the small, picturesque town of Clydesdale, Scotland. Three hundred years later, this enormous draught horse has become one of the world's most famous "gentle giants" and one of the most beloved horses in America. With grace, elegance and an effortless gait, the Clydesdale is so handsome that you are sure to fall in love. Decked out in the finest, fancy red-and-gold tack, this Painted Pony will steal your heart... that is why he is the King of Hearts.

Item #: 4024357
Release Date: Spring 2011
Artist: Karlynn Keyes
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: No


Little Big Horse
Little Big Horse

Pony Story: 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

Item #: 4053765
Release Date: Winter 2016
Artist: Kathleen Moody
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No


Little Big Horse Ornament
Little Big Horse Ornament

Pony Story: 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

Item #: 4058160
Release Date: Winter 2017
Artist: Kathleen Moody
Material: Resin
Size: 2.5" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No


Magical Mystery Mare
Magical Mystery Mare

Pony Story: Known for its flamboyant “blanket” of white spots, the Appaloosa’s coloring makes it unique in the horse world. Often there is no need for adornment – fancy saddles or bridles - as the pattern of its coat, splendidly displayed in “Magical Mystery Mare,” can sometimes take on a life of its own, transforming it into a work-of-art in its own right.

Item #: 4045492
Release Date: Fall 2014
Artist: Lorna Matsuda
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: May 2016
Last Number at Retirement: 1/3554


Mosaic Appaloosa
Mosaic Appaloosa

Pony Story: After distinguishing himself in the field of graphic design in Colorado, Bob established a national name for himself in the fine art field with a signature style that borders on the abstract, yet reflects a true image. "I look at animals and try to strategically place color and design elements that help define their anatomy in a different way." His paintings are part of permanent museum collections in Poland, Finland, Germany and Japan, and were displayed in special shows at the White House and Smithsonian Institution.

Item #: 1466
Release Date: Summer 2003
Artist: Bob Coonts
Material: Ceramic
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: March 2004
Last Number at Retirement: 2E/3601


Painted Harmony
Painted Harmony

Pony Story: 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.

Item #: 4034627
Release Date: Winter 2013
Artist: Janee Hughes
Material: Resin
Size: 6.5" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No


Painted Harmony Ornament
Painted Harmony Ornament

Pony Story: 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.

Item #: 4040987
Release Date: Winter 2014
Artist: Janee Hughes
Material: Resin
Size: 2.5" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: No


Prairie Horizon
Prairie Horizon

Pony Story: This fine artist from Colorado has a long fascination with the history and lore of the Nez Perce Indians ? expert horsemen with a sophisticated knowledge of breeding who are credited with developing the Appaloosa. Using a distinctive artistic style that combines bold colors with geometric shapes, circles, triangles and arrows that connect his design to the title ? a horizon line encircles the horse; grass and trees, canyons and rivers are rendered in an abstract way ? he breathes new life and excitement into his stylized interpretation of a breed of horse known for its unique color and variety of spots. Bob lives in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The original Masterwork, Prairie Horizon, was a finalist in the Native Art of Horse Painting national competition. He is also the artist behind Mosaic Appaloosa, a retired figurine.

Item #: 12261
Release Date: Winter 2008
Artist: Bob Coonts
Material: Ceramic
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: December 2009
Last Number at Retirement: 2E/7624


Prince of the Wind
Prince of the Wind

Pony Story: 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.”

Item #: 4046323
Release Date: Winter 2015
Artist: Kathleen Moody
Material: Resin
Size: 7.5" Tall
Form: Prancing
Retired: No


QuarterHorse
QuarterHorse

Pony Story: Experimenting with the design and dimensionality of an actual quarter, and the sculptural form of the horse breed that goes by the same name, this former art director for a national magazine found the coin's features lent themselves to the existing contours of the horse. "I particularly like how the eagle's wings flow into the horse's mane and tail," artist Kathy Morawski says. "By focusing on the eagle and selected words of a quarter, it also offers an opportunity to reflect an additional theme of national allegiance." A silver finish, appearing "aged" for contrast, gives the appearance of the horse a feeling of having been crafted from metal.

Item #: 1475
Release Date: Summer 2003
Artist: Kathy Morawski
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: September 2004
Last Number at Retirement: 2E/6800


Rosie the Apparoosa
Rosie the Apparoosa

Pony Story: This work of radiant and unusual beauty was created by a New Mexico artist nationally known for using the floral form as a means of exploring the relationships of color and value in painting. Riotous displays of multi-hued roses in bud and bloom, with not a single flower repeated, sprout from earthen hooves and thorny branch-covered legs. "I dubbed her Rosie," says Marianne, "and as she departed her first stable on a warm day in May, three real rose bushes by my studio door bloomed more profusely than any past spring."

Item #: 1469
Release Date: Summer 2003
Artist: Marianne Hornbuckle
Material: Ceramic
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: March 2004
Last Number at Retirement: 2E/0577


Stand By Me
Stand By Me

Pony Story: 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.

Item #: 4049716
Release Date: Summer 2015
Artist: The Trail of Painted Poni Design Department
Material: Resin
Size: 7.25" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No


Stand By Me Ornament
Stand By Me Ornament

Pony Story: 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

Item #: 4054116
Release Date: Winter 2016
Artist: The Trail of Painted Ponies
Material: Resin
Size: 2.8" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No