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Collector's Guide - Race Horses 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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Fantastic Fillies
Fantastic Fillies

Pony Story: When she was invited to paint a Pony that honored the racehorse, Janee, a children's book illustrator, imagined four fast fillies charging down the homestretch, the winner crossing the finish line a nose ahead of the others. The artistry in her design is heightened by the contrasting colors of the horses and the silks of the jockeys, set against a midnight-black background, and the determination and courage etched on the faces of the fillies.

Item #: 1592
Release Date: Winter 2004
Artist: Janee Hughes
Material: Ceramic
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: January 2010
Last Number at Retirement: 6E/4025


Godspeed
Godspeed

Pony Story: Created by an artist who is intimately familiar with racehorses because she owns one, "Godspeed" is more than a brilliant rendition of a jockey on a Thoroughbred whose tail and mane flag 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.

Item #: 4046347
Release Date: Spring 2015
Artist: Tesha Hammonds
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: September 2017
Last Number at Retirement: 1E/3,000


Godspeed Ornament
Godspeed Ornament

Pony Story: Created by an artist who is intimately familiar with racehorses because she owns one, "Godspeed" is more than a brilliant rendition of a jockey on a Thoroughbred whose tail and mane flag 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.

Item #: 4054115
Release Date: Winter 2016
Artist: Tesha Hammonds
Material: Resin
Size: 2.4" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: No


Photo Finish
Photo Finish

Pony Story: In the fast-paced world of horse racing, a "photo finish" depicts a race in which two or more horses cross the finish line separated by a nose. This dramatic moment is captured in "Photo Finish," as three horses sprint to the finish line in a race too close to call - the final winner to be determined by a photograph.

Item #: 4043944
Release Date: Summer 2014
Artist: Janee Hughes
Material: Resin
Size: 6.5" Tall
Form: Unique Form
Retired: February 2016
Last Number at Retirement: 1/3,730


The Front Runner
The Front Runner

Pony Story: In horse racing, the front runner is a horse who takes the lead at the start of the race and maintains that lead until crossing the finish line. The Front Runner, which placed first in a national Art of Horse Racing competition, captures the thrilling run down the home stretch, at precisely that moment when the winning jockey glances back to check on his closest competitor. Horse racing is an ancient sport that began in 4500 B.C. among the nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia, who first domesticated the horse. Often referred to as "The Sport of Kings," it is the second only to baseball as America's most popular spectator sport. Artist Statement: As old as time, the drive and passion for running like the wind is carried in the blood of the mighty thoroughbred. Relive that excitement as The Front Runner, alone and out front since the gate, is finally challenged, but refuses to give up his place at the front of the pack; with a mighty snort and toss of his head he grabs the bit and powers ahead to finish first, a wire to wire win! This wonderful pony embodies all those thrilling moments these wonderful animals have given us over the years; those classic duels between Affirmed and Alyadar, Easy Goer and Sunday Silence and the memorable individuals who stunned us with their greatness: Secretariat, Northern Dancer, Cigar, John Henry and Seattle Slew. And who can forget the fillies: Zenyatta, Genuine Risk, Winning Colors and the immortal Ruffian. All have amazed us with their power and passion leaving us eagerly awaiting the next superstar to dance on the tracks!

Item #: 4018391
Release Date: Winter 2010
Artist: Kim Ratigan
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: March 2014
Last Number at Retirement: 2/0376