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Collector's Guide - Western 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.

Happy Collecting and Happy Trails!



American Beauty
American Beauty

Pony Story: Along with floral floats and marching bands, Parade Horses magnificently attired in elaborate western-style tack - brightly decorated breast collars, silver-studded saddles with long tapaderos on the stirrups, and brightly colored ribbons and flowers added to the mane and tail - are an important part of the magic that swirls around such grand American celebrations as the Rose Parade on New Year

Item #: 4055522
Release Date: Summer 2016
Artist: Karlynn Keyes
Material: Resin
Size: 8.5" Tall
Form: Rearing
Retired: No


American Beauty Ornament
American Beauty Ornament

Pony Story: Along with floral floats and marching bands, Parade Horses magnificently attired in elaborate western-style tack - brightly decorated breast collars, silver-studded saddles with long tapaderos on the stirrups, and brightly colored ribbons and flowers added to the mane and tail - are an important part of the magic that swirls around such grand American celebrations as the Rose Parade on New Year's Day.

Item #: 4058159
Release Date: Summer 2017
Artist: Karlynn Keyes
Material: Resin
Size: 3.2" Tall
Form: Rearing
Retired: No


Blondes
Blondes

Pony Story: David DeVary is one of an emerging group of so-called "New West" artists who celebrate the myths of the American West. His oil and gold-leaf paintings, boldly colored and dramatically top lit, present contemporary cowboys and cowgirls in the guise of romanticized American icons. Posed like glamorous fashion models on the sides of a beautiful Palomino, their eyes shadowed by a low-tipped cowboy hat, women on this Pony intentionally glorify the freedom and self confidence we associate with "the cowgirl."

Item #: 12227
Release Date: Summer 2006
Artist: David DeVary
Material: Ceramic
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: January 2010
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/4841


Bonanza
Bonanza

Pony Story: Remember those Saturday afternoon matinees starring Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and other guitar-strumming cowboys? Remember how all of them rode a spirited horse that, on command, would rear up as if charging the sky? "Bonanza" is a tribute to the American West. Featuring such iconic images as a covered wagon, a bleached cow skull, gem-studded horseshoes and an acoustic guitar, it has lassoed the very Best of the West!

Item #: 4018386
Release Date: Winter 2010
Artist: Rod Barker and Janee Hughes
Material: Resin
Size: 8.5" Tall
Form: Rearing
Retired: March 2014
Last Number at Retirement: 2/5,244


Boot Camp
Boot Camp

Pony Story: A cowboy's best friends are his horse and saddle, a rope, a hat and a comfortable pair of boots. But, boy howdy, when it comes to Painted Ponies you can forget the plain, clunky, brown and black working cowboy boot. Banishing the traditional "high heels of the range" from her imagination, Idaho wildlife artist Maria Ryan created a colorful tribute to the cowboy boot mystique when she bedecked and bedazzled her Pony with an outrageous collection of western fashion footwear and let him kick up his heels.

Item #: 12250
Release Date: Summer 2007
Artist: Maria Ryan
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: July 2009
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/0002


Boot Scootin' Horsey
Boot Scootin' Horsey

Pony Story: Carla Slusher lives on a ranch in southeastern New Mexico where she paints to country-and-western music. As her vision of a dancing horse wearing a cowboy hat, jeans and color-coordinated boots, ready for a night on the town, neared completion, it so happened her favorite radio station played the song, "Boot Scootin' Boogie." This is how she came up with the name for her Pony, which has attitude with a capital A.

Item #: 1454
Release Date: Winter 2003
Artist: Carla Slusher
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: March 2004
Last Number at Retirement: 2E/4520


Bunkhouse Bronco
Bunkhouse Bronco

Pony Story: The original bunkhouse was a rough, simple building, often fashioned from the wood boards torn off old barns that provided sleeping quarters for ranch hands. Horse tack, wagon wheels and cow skulls were frequently tacked to weathered planks on the outside, while Western hats and ropes hung on the inside walls. Adding cozy ambiance, the whole place would smell of coffee brewing in an enamel pot on a wood-burning stove. Working these classic cowboy touches into a fabulous Painted Ponies design, this gifted Oregon artist has created an old-timey ? yet timeless ? tribute to our Western heritage. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Lynn is primarily a wildlife artist whose unique painting techniques and finely detailed multi-media artworks are prized by collectors across the country.

Item #: 12275
Release Date: Summer 2008
Artist: Lynn Bean
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: July 2011
Last Number at Retirement: 2E/8889


Carved in History
Carved in History

Pony Story: It's a Western tradition for American cowboys to ride saddles that are decorated with elegant, delicately carved floral and geometric patterns and, in some cases, embroidered with gold and silver ornaments. With this in mind, Virginia artist and craftsman Chad Brady, whose uncle has been a cobbler for over 30 years, making fancy chaps for rodeo cowboys, keeps the spirit alive with a Painted Pony he has beautifully tooled with floral, oak leaf and acorn patterns.

Item #: 12296
Release Date: Winter 2009
Artist: Chad Brady
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: February 2012
Last Number at Retirement: 3/3716


Country Music
Country Music

Pony Story: Country Music is all about two things that millions of people hold close to their heart: country music and horses. Some of the biggest stars who ever performed onstage at the Grand Ole Opry – George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson – grew up with horses, and dreamed of becoming a cowboy or cowgirl. Horses helped them escape from the chaos of the world and were their true companions. With musical notes blended into her spots, guitars as tributes to their musical abilities, and wearing a trick saddle, Country Music invites collectors into the private world these country stars shared with some of their closest friends – their beloved horses.

Item #: 4030253
Release Date: Summer 2012
Artist: Aloma Wolfington
Material: Resin
Size: 8.5" Tall
Form: Rearing
Retired: No


Cowgirl Cadillac
Cowgirl Cadillac

Pony Story: Let's be honest... all girls are 'horse crazy.' It starts when little girls put on their first pair of pink suede cowboy boots. That's it, they're hooked. And then, of course, these little girls go looking for a horse. It could be any kind of horse... a soft, cuddly toy horse or a small horse figurine. You see, when you're horse crazy, every horse is prized and you simply can't get enough of them. Cowgirl Cadillac is a tribute to all horse-crazy girls who are young and young at heart. Saddle up for the ride that lasts a lifetime on the back of a true dream machine...Ride on!

Item #: 4020476
Release Date: Summer 2010
Artist: Karlynn Keyes and Bryn Wilkins Lawson
Material: Resin
Size: 8.5" Tall
Form: Rearing
Retired: May 2015
Last Number at Retirement: 3/1034


Cowgirls Rule
Cowgirls Rule

Pony Story: ?Cowgirls Rule? is a charming tribute to all the wonderful women who have chosen to take life by the reins! If you have ever dreamed of warm summer evenings on a western ranch, listening to the twang of a country guitar under a blanket of stars, then you are a cowgirl at heart. Let these vintage cowgirls take you back in time...

Item #: 4026390
Release Date: Fall 2011
Artist: Susan Sizemore
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: March 2014
Last Number at Retirement: 2/2617


CowPony
CowPony

Pony Story: With millions of brushstrokes masterfully applied, Lori, a Western and wildlife artist from Cerrillos, New Mexico, created an original, life-size Painted Pony that is proudly exhibited in the Booth Western Art Museum. Upon popular demand, it is now available as a figurine; as a miniature, retains the phenomenal creative power of the original. Sculpted into the Pony form as well as painted, a herd of Hereford cows emerges from the swelling muscles of the horse... and hidden among the red-and-whites, a savvy sorrel CowPony.

Item #: 1584
Release Date: Winter 2005
Artist: Lori Musil
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: July 2008
Last Number at Retirement: 5E/3748


Gold Rush
Gold Rush

Pony Story: This Painted Pony is as good as gold! Inspired by the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, "Gold Rush" magically captures the look and feel of mountain currents, carrying gold nuggets downstream, where the dreams of gold-seeking treasure hunters came true. Stake your claim on the vast riches of the American West, just like those prickly prospectors who panned for that glittering gold did, over a century ago.

Item #: 4027290
Release Date: Spring 2012
Artist: Stefanie Schaetzchen
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: November 2014
Last Number at Retirement: 1/4222


Happy Trails
Happy Trails

Pony Story: Happy Trails is so much more than the wonderful song sung by Hollywood cowboy and television legend Roy Rogers in his famous Western films from the 1940s and '50s. Happy Trails is a wistful way of wishing people well as they travel life's trails. "Happy trails to you, until we meet again. Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then. Who cares about the clouds when we're together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather. Happy trails to you, 'til we meet again." Life is a journey, enjoy the ride with Happy Trails!

Item #: 1473
Release Date: Summer 2003
Artist: Nevena Christi
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: July 2009
Last Number at Retirement: 8E/7517


Happy Trails Large 9 inch
Happy Trails Large 9 inch

Pony Story: Happy Trails is so much more than the wonderful song sung by Hollywood cowboy and television legend Roy Rogers in his famous Western films from the 1940s and '50s. Happy Trails is a wistful way of wishing people well as they travel life's trails. "Happy trails to you, until we meet again. Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then. Who cares about the clouds when we're together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather. Happy trails to you, 'til we meet again." Life is a journey, enjoy the ride with Happy Trails!

Item #: 1598
Release Date: Summer 2003
Artist: Nevena Christi
Material: Resin
Size: 9" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: No


Horsefeathers
Horsefeathers

Pony Story: Nobody seems to know the derivation of the term "horsefeathers." The most likely explanation is it began as a sanitized variant of "horse hooey," used to express the view that something is unlikely, about as improbable as that pigs might fly... or that horses should have feathers. By adorning her Pony with large, multi-colored feathers, this former art teacher from Texas has given the term a totally new form of expression.

Item #: 12206
Release Date: Summer 2005
Artist: Jeanne Selby
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: July 2006
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/2530


Old Country Store
Old Country Store

Pony Story: "Old Country Store" was inspired by warm childhood memories of a general country store in this artist's New Hampshire hometown. It had a hitching post out front, old-fashioned rocking chairs on the porch, and its jam-packed interior was heated by a pot-bellied stove. Once upon a time, country stores were a community's stagecoach stop, town hall, post office and library, as well as unique shopping destinations where you could find just about everything under the sun, from staples like flour and sugar to pots and pans to long underwear, and even the occasional store mouse.

Item #: 4035093
Release Date: Spring 2013
Artist: Denise F. Brown
Material: Resin
Size: 7.5" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: February 2015
Last Number at Retirement: 1/3124


Rhinestone Cowgirl
Rhinestone Cowgirl

Pony Story: Every horse-loving girl knows the secret…it's all about the sparkle! From bling on Western belts to dazzling earrings, bracelets and more, Cowgirls know how to ride through life in style. And, no self-respecting Cowgirl would ever head out on the trail without her favorite rhinestone purse. Bring on the bling and saddle-up for the ride of a lifetime with Rhinestone Cowgirl. Shine On!

Item #: 4040977
Release Date: Winter 2014
Artist: Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Material: Resin
Size: 7.5" Tall
Form: Regal
Retired: July 2016
Last Number at Retirement: 1/4,166


Rhinestone Cowgirl Ornament
Rhinestone Cowgirl Ornament

Pony Story: Every horse-loving girl knows the secret…it's all about the sparkle! From bling on Western belts to dazzling earrings, bracelets and more, Cowgirls know how to ride through life in style. And, no self-respecting Cowgirl would ever head out on the trail without her favorite rhinestone purse. Bring on the bling and saddle-up for the ride of a lifetime with Rhinestone Cowgirl. Shine On!

Item #: 4040984
Release Date: Winter 2014
Artist: Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Material: Resin
Size: 2.5" Tall
Form: Regal
Retired: No


Rockin Route 66
Rockin Route 66

Pony Story: Route 66 stretched more than halfway across the United States, from Chicago to LA. For more than a half century, it seemed that every vacationing American family took a road trip along its route to see the wonderful and whacky roadside attractions that were designed to catch the eye of passing motorists. From motor courts and Indian curio shops to fancy filling stations, Route 66 had something for everyone. If you were hungry, you could eat at the world-famous Big Texan Steak Ranch (put away a 72-ounce steak dinner in one hour and your bill was paid for you) or the original Bob's Big Boy eatery. Its days of glory now faded, the nostalgic attraction of the "Mother Road" lives on in songs like "Get Your Kicks On Route 66" and this Painted Pony titled, Rockin' Route 66!

Item #: 4030254
Release Date: Summer 2012
Artist: S.V. Medaris
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: November 2014
Last Number at Retirement: 1/3720


Rodeo Dreams
Rodeo Dreams

Pony Story: A cover artist whose Cowboy paintings massage, twist and tweak traditional concepts of Western art at the same time they embrace Western iconography, Jim lets his Painted Pony speak for itself: "I don't want to plough or amble along a trail. I'm not built for dressage and I'm certainly nobody's pet. Give me center stage and I'll give you a show because I'm Rodeo Dreams."

Item #: 12213
Release Date: Summer 2005
Artist: Jim Knauf
Material: Ceramic
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: January 2009
Last Number at Retirement: 4E/8643


Rodeo Romeo
Rodeo Romeo

Pony Story: He's fast as the wind and black as night, you can try to resist him with all of your might. He can spin on a dime and fly through the air, he'll steal your heart with rodeo flair. Look in his eyes and you just can't say no, 'cause this little guy is Rodeo Romeo!

Item #: 4041040
Release Date: Spring 2014
Artist: Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee
Material: Resin
Size: 8.5" Tall
Form: Rearing
Retired: November 2015
Last Number at Retirement: 1/3,444


Route 66 Horse
Route 66 Horse

Pony Story: Ellen Sokoloff considers herself an "American painter." Her artwork preserves scenes from an earlier time in our country's history. Childhood memories of western trips along historic Route 66, America's "Mother Road," inspired the collage of diners, motels, gas stations and tourist attractions that embellish her Route 66 Painted Pony.

Item #: 1460
Release Date: Winter 2003
Artist: Ellen Sokoloff
Material: Ceramic
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: July 2005
Last Number at Retirement: 4E/1107


Saguaro Stallion
Saguaro Stallion

Pony Story: A former creative director with a New York marketing agency, John has enjoyed a successful second career in the arts after moving to Scottsdale, Arizona, where his paintings focus on highly personalized, contemporary interpretations of Nature. His extraordinary rendering of the wondrous effects of a moonrise and sunrise on a stand of saguaro cactus captures John's goal as a painter, which is "to offer new dimensions in how we see our one-of-a-kind desert landscape."

Item #: 1523
Release Date: Winter 2005
Artist: John Geryak
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: January 2006
Last Number at Retirement: 2E/8401


Silverado
Silverado

Pony Story: During the first half of the twentieth century, parades and horse shows held in conjunction with rodeos, fiestas and fairs throughout the West fueled a demand for fancy, embroidered saddlery. Elegant, silver-mounted parade saddles, carved with floral and figural motifs, and with matching bridles, martingales and breast collars, were perceived as exquisite works of art. Silverado, a customized interpretation of this flashy tradition by Karlynn Keyes, vice president of The Trail of Painted Ponies, is a masterpiece by any definition.

Item #: 12241
Release Date: Winter 2007
Artist: Karlynn Keyes
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: May 2013
Last Number at Retirement: 6E/6060


Stagecoach Pony
Stagecoach Pony

Pony Story: Relive the days of overland stagecoach travel in the Old West with a Painted Pony that captures a dramatic and symbolic moment in frontier history! Throughout most of the 1800s, stagecoaches were a primary means of transportation across the American West. They hauled passengers, mail and freight over vast, treeless plains, jagged mountain passes, scorching deserts and rivers cursed with quicksand. To capture the iconic character of the stagecoach, this artist ? formerly with National Geographic Magazine's Art Division ? imagined a horse-drawn stagecoach running from danger ? attacking Indians or outlaw robbers ? down a dusty trail, silhouetted against a sunset sky All her life this young Canadian artist wanted to work in the art field, an ambition that was fulfilled when she was hired as an illustrator for National Geographic Magazine.

Item #: 12273
Release Date: Summer 2008
Artist: Johanna Enriquez
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: December 2009
Last Number at Retirement: 2E/5913


Tin Star Sheriff
Tin Star Sheriff

Pony Story: In the Wild West days, frontier sheriffs who did not have access to badge manufacturers but wanted some means of identification that carried authority when they came up against dastardly villains, would sometimes cut stars out of tin cans. When added to fancy shirts with Old West styling, spangled buttons, and handcuffs that dangled like jeweled bracelets, these "Tin Star Sheriffs" not only kept law and order, they were the best dressed "good guys" of the Old West.

Item #: 4037603
Release Date: Fall 2013
Artist: Cheryl Harris
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Walking
Retired: July 2015
Last Number at Retirement: 1/3,182


Western Charm
Western Charm

Pony Story: Take a bracelet adorned with sterling silver Western charms (a saddle, star, spur, horseshoe, cowboy boot and Conestoga wagon)... wrap it around a pretty Palomino horse that is dressed in the kind of scrolled and tooled leather you find on fancy chaps... then put a silver Longhorn steer medallion on the base... and what do you have? A designer showcase of a Painted Pony titled Western Charm.

Item #: 4030252
Release Date: Fall 2012
Artist: Lynn Bean
Material: Resin
Size: 6.5" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: May 2015
Last Number at Retirement: 1/5784


Western Leather
Western Leather

Pony Story: This stunning Painted Pony pays tribute to the "Art of Leather" Cowboys who drifted with the winds across the great plains were the first leather artisans. At the end of their long days, they would sit by the fire and create masterpieces with great love, using the only canvas they could find: longhorn leather. "Western Leather" captures the romance of the American West.

Item #: 4043945
Release Date: Summer 2014
Artist: Vickie Knepper-Adrian
Material: Resin
Size: 8.5" Tall
Form: Rearing
Retired: February 2016
Last Number at Retirement: 1/3,442


Westward Ho
Westward Ho

Pony Story: Years ago, it was fashionable for travelers to adorn their suitcases with colorful stickers that let the world know where they'd been. This was especially true of those taking road trips through the American West, retracing the trails first traversed by wagon trains that began their journey to California to start a new life with the cry, "Westward, Ho" Well-worn suitcases, decorated with vintage stickers featuring states, historic sites, national parks and roadside attractions were the sign of a seasoned traveler and today they are highly collectible. Westward, Ho! takes us all on a trip back in time.

Item #: 4025996
Release Date: Summer 2011
Artist: Rod Barker and Janee Hughes
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: May 2014
Last Number at Retirement: 1/5,302


Wound Up Time on the Range
Wound Up Time on the Range

Pony Story: An architect who wanted to design buildings in the Frank Lloyd Wright tradition ? who wanted to work outside the lines, in other words ? for many years Roger made his living as a draftsman, translating architectural designs into three-dimensional illustrations. As an escape, he turned to humorous sculpture. By placing a little boy wearing a ten-gallon Stetson on the back of a Pony painted to look like a Southwestern landscape, and adding wheels to the base and a cord with a ball at the end, Roger has transformed his Painted Pony into a child's pull toy.

Item #: 1541
Release Date: Winter 2004
Artist: Roger Evans
Material: Resin
Size: 6" Tall
Form: Standing
Retired: September 2004
Last Number at Retirement: 1E/8600


Wrecking Bull
Wrecking Bull

Pony Story: The hottest celebrities on the Rodeo Circuit today are the professional bull riders - those rough and tumble cowboys who strive for an eight second ride on the back of a leaping, spinning, 2,000 pound beast that is all muscle and meanness. As anyone who has seen a bull riding event knows, it is a thrilling, dangerous, action-packed sport whose spirit and appeal is perfectly captured in "Wrecking Bull."

Item #: 4055523
Release Date: Fall 2016
Artist: Karlynn Keyes
Material: Resin
Size: 10.5" Tall
Form: Rearing
Retired: No


Year of the Horse
Year of the Horse

Pony Story: Painted in conjunction with the Chinese Year of the Horse, this Western and wildlife artist from Cerrilos, NM, created a classic celebration of the different horse breeds of America. From the American Quarter Horse to the Thoroughbred, Appaloosa and American Paint, ten horses move gracefully and majestically across the curves and bulges of the original sculpture, each exhibiting a personality of its own, with a style and flair that is Lori's personal hallmark.

Item #: 12223
Release Date: Winter 2006
Artist: Lori Musil
Material: Resin
Size: 7" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: February 2011
Last Number at Retirement: 7E/6644


Year of the Horse Large 9 inch
Year of the Horse Large 9 inch

Pony Story: Painted in conjunction with the Chinese Year of the Horse, this Western and wildlife artist from Cerrilos, NM, created a classic celebration of the different horse breeds of America. From the American Quarter Horse to the Thoroughbred, Appaloosa and American Paint, ten horses move gracefully and majestically across the curves and bulges of the original sculpture, each exhibiting a personality of its own, with a style and flair that is Lori's personal hallmark.

Item #: 12390
Release Date: Winter 2006
Artist: Lori Musil
Material: Resin
Size: 9" Tall
Form: Running
Retired: No