Collector's Guide - Inspirational 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!
A Gift from the Sea
|A Gift from the Sea|
Pony Story: According to legend, the Greek god Poseidon (a.k.a. Neptune) ruled the seas from a palace of coral and gems on the ocean floor. He was said to have a volatile temperament. When angered, he would summon storms that wrecked ships. For fun, he created monsters like octopus and squid. To demonstrate his love for his wife, he created the dolphin; but he also had a wandering eye. When he pursued the goddess of fields and harvests, she told him, "If you give a gift, the most beautiful thing on the face of the earth, I will be yours." So he created a horse and, when it galloped from the sea, tossing its mane and tail, she thought it was so beautiful she gasped and said she was his forever.
Item #: 4027274
American Dream Horse
|American Dream Horse|
Pony Story: Asked by a Christian ministry that places Russian orphans in the homes of loving families to paint a Pony that captures the dream-come-true that awaits these children in America, Bonny incorporated the warm red and deep gold colors associated with Russian matruska dolls, along with children's faces peering out with hopeful expressions, doves of peace, flowers and leaves, into a spectacular artwork that makes a powerful statement about the great freedom in life's journey.
Item #: 12209
Pony Story: One of the mysterious facts about butterflies is that before they turn into adults with colorful wings, as a way of avoiding potential predators while they grow and develop, they must live for a period of time when they are young within a hard protective shell known as a chrysalis. With its depiction of gorgeous butterflies taking flight against a black background, Black Beauty celebrates the larger message that anyone can go through a great deal of darkness in their lives, yet emerge as something beautiful.
Butterflies Run Free
|Butterflies Run Free|
Pony Story: The most colorful and beautiful of all butterflies and a winged symbol of freedom, Monarch butterflies are unique in the way that, each year, they flee the seasonal cold in the eastern United States, and migrate several thousand miles to spend the winter in the warm mountainous fir forests of Mexico, where superstitions claim they are the souls of the dead returned.
Pony Story: White horses have a legendary standing in mythologies around the world. They are often believed to possess exceptional properties that transcend the normal world. The heroic prince or white knight of fairy tales usually ride a snow-white horse. Unicorns and Pegasus are generally white. Ancient authors have also written about a special white horse that was so superior and grand in size and speed that it caused a war. As it was being fought over, this sacred steed was said to have ridden a bolt of lightning into the heavens, where it was enshrined forever as The Celestial Horse.
Item #: 4020477
Children of the Garden
|Children of the Garden|
Pony Story: This delightful creation by a "tile artist" who designs handmade tiles (www.elkabodetile.com) tells a story of children racing across a magical garden on the back of a magical horse. A place where, in the artist's words, "For a magical moment the 'real world' is not allowed to encroach." On the original Pony, the children, bugs and flowers were all formed in clay and fired for hardness before they were hand painted.
Item #: 1538
Children's Prayer Pony
|Children's Prayer Pony|
Pony Story: In times of great distress, it seems that many Americans turn to prayer, one of the oldest and simplest forms of communication, and truly one of the most powerful and inspiring. In the fall of 2001, at a time when this country was changed forever, children of many faiths from across the United States were invited to share their most prized possessions ? their prayers. The compassion, courage, hope and forgiveness they expressed in words and art were collected in a bestselling book ? Children's Prayers for America ? and are shared on this special, heartfelt Children's Prayer Pony that is an expression of hope in its most humble form.
Item #: 1586
Children's Prayers for the World
|Children's Prayers for the World|
Pony Story: There could be no more important messengers of peace than children of many faiths, from all around the world. Their heartfelt prayers for compassion and caring remind us that sometimes, the biggest gifts come in the smallest packages. "Children's Prayers for the World" is a tribute to those small voices that can be heard in the darkness, all around the world. They quietly remind us how important it is to love and respect each other.
Pony Story: Expressing one's faith in the positive power of a cross by hanging it on the wall or over a door in the belief it will protect home and life, is a tradition practiced round the world. With "Crossroads," the artist pays tribute to those ornamental crosses often found in farm houses, prairie barns and Western churches that are designed with cowboy flair, and are forged by hand out of unique materials: cowhide and conchos, tooled leather and sterling silver stars, wood and nailheads.
Pony Story: With beautiful, iridescent wings that sparkle like jewels, it's no wonder that dragonflies have taken on magical dimensions for many cultures. For some they represent renewal after a time of great hardship. Others admire them because their lives are short and they know they must live life to its fullest in the time they have. Dragonfly Magic encourages us to let our own colors come forth as we journey through life and seek a universal source of inspiration. 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 #: 4018390
Pony Story: "When I was a child I, read every horse book I could find," writes Janee Hughes, a multi-talented artist from the Pacific Northwest. "My imagination soared with visions of magnificent steeds, each one faster, stronger and more beautiful than the last. This Pony depicts today's children, who still read the same wonderful stories." Recently, The Trail of Painted Ponies held a short-story contest, inviting collectors to compose a tribute to the Pony that most inspired them. The winner was so moved by Dream Horse that she wrote, "Even today, you can still find me lying in the grass, reading horse stories and dreaming of horses galloping through my pasture." Janee Hughes has been painting and drawing all her life; but 31 years of teaching art left her little time for her own work. Since retiring in 1997, she has been able to do more painting and exhibiting. Her work usually is realistic and involves animals, especially horses. As a lifelong rider, horses are her favorite subject matter. Janee has also done work involving carousel animals. She has sold cartoons to newspapers and catalogs. She has combined her art with writing to produce several children's books. And, through her Painted Ponies, she continues to amaze the world with her demonstrations of how diverse a canvas the horse can be.
Item #: 12299
Pony Story: Butterflies are like little angels with colorful wings, symbolizing change and growth... the transformation from one life form to another more beautiful. With this Painted Pony, Maria Ryan, a wildlife colorist, has created a gift to everyone who feels life has been a journey for them that has brought them to a place of emergence to be shared with others. "My hope is that Earth Angels encourages people to make conscious changes to their lives for the better, to create new conditions in which they can flourish and make their dreams come true."
Item #: 12295
Empress of the Winds
|Empress of the Winds|
Pony Story: They say that the winds are like a woman, always changing... There are the Winds of Time which span history and the Winds of Change, which mark transformations. Then there are the Winds of Dawn, which signal renewal. All of these, from The Empress of the Winds.
Pony Story: Stone tablets have played an important role in the heritage of Chinese culture. Knowing this, Jeffrey Chan, an art designer for Hong Kong movies who also specializes in giftware design, conceived of a glossy black Pony on which a famous poem was carved in a manner that captured the beauty of the art of Chinese calligraphy. The poem, "Orchid Pavilion Preface," was written in 352 A.D. by Wang Xizhi, one of the most highly respected calligraphers/poets in Chinese history. It is a masterpiece that speaks to the happiness and grace of every living moment.
Item #: 1526
Pony Story: Known as a realistic impressionist, this celebrated Mexican artist, whose paintings have been exhibited internationally, "wanted to deliver the ambiance of the lush vegetation, the bougainvilleas and flowers of the semi-tropical region of southeast Mexico. There you can pick flowers and enjoy plentiful vegetation the year round. The people call their land 'Eternal Spring.'"
Item #: 1593
Follow Your Dreams
|Follow Your Dreams|
Pony Story: Unicorns are more than a horse with a horn. They are creatures of beauty, magic, mystery, gentleness and purity that have the power to take us wonderful places, and make our dreams come true.
Pony Story: Notes from the artist's journal: "When I think of angels I envision a quiet presence, a listener, a gentler soul who comforts me. I also imagine a powerful strength and unshakable courage that helps me fight my battles and carries me to safety. It occurs to me that a horse embodies these very same qualities and so I have created a "Guardian Angel" who soars silently, conveying a message of joy, hope, faith, love and peace to the world as he fades in and out of the clouds."
Guardian Angel Ornament
|Guardian Angel Ornament|
Pony Story: Notes from the artist's journal: "When I think of angels I envision a quiet presence, a listener, a gentle soul who comforts me. I also imagine a powerful strength and unshakable courage that helps me fight my battles and carries me to safety. It occurs to me that a horse embodies these very same qualities and so I have created a "Guardian Angel" who soars silently, conveying a message of joy, hope, faith, love and peace to the world as he fades in and out of the clouds."
Pony Story: Born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico, Noel has devoted his efforts as an artist to sharing a vision of Mexico as a place "as colorful and vivid as a memory." Of his inspiration for his Heavenly Pony, he writes, "The nobility and spirit of the Horse is so high and sublime, it led me to take them to heavenly heights in the shape of billowing clouds."
Item #: 1594
Pony Story: Says actress and animal lover Ali MacGraw, "I chose to make a fantasy creature, inspired by the fabulous horses of Central Asia, that would inspire compassion for all God's creatures, great and small, all over the world.: With Karuna, which means "Compassion" in Sanskrit, Ali demonstrates that her talent and creativity extend far beyond the silver screen.
Item #: 1455
Pony Story: For a thousand years, artists, scholars and dreamers have been inspired by the romantic stories associated with the fabulous Camelot, the legendary King Arthur, and the knights of the Round Table. Along with the love affair between Lancelot and Queen Guinevere, there were other romantic side-stories told, including the tale of Krystal Knight, a beautiful blue mare adorned with crystals and pearls who roamed the countryside and forests with a hot-blooded black steed that was dressed in armor, trained for war, and loved her dearly.
Pony Story: "Night Flight" is made of exquisite tinted translucent resin. Gazing up on clear cold nights at stars and constellations shining brightly and beautifully is the most inspiring time of day for this artist. It is a time when she feels she is no longer bound by the restraints of earth, ideas appear out of the blue, her dreams can take flight, and as though carried on the back of a mythical winged creature, she is transported to lands where amazing adventures await.
Pony Story: Peonies bloom profusely in early June when the soft summer sky is dark and alive with stars and a new moon. Their huge pale flowers, nestled in deep-green leaves, glow with spectacular beauty at that time. With Night Flower, Marianne Hornbuckle, whose love of gardening led her to paint large and luminous flowers, has created a Painted Pony that becomes one with the peonies as she wanders through the magic of a summer garden at night.
Item #: 12289
On Common Ground
|On Common Ground|
Pony Story: The unity and harmony of the feminine spirit resound in the vibrant art of California-raised Patricia Wyatt. As with her paintings, her Pony tells a story that speaks of the timeless themes of companionship and the collective power, wisdom and beauty of women around the world. Animals and lush flowering plants surround the figures on the artist's Pony, emblems of the natural world that pay tribute to the Earth, whose mysterious power awakens us all to life and connects all things.
Item #: 1470
Pony Story: Peonies are pink, they're beautiful, it's true. This Painted Pony, was created just for you. She is kind and loving, and pretty as can be. Her name is, Petals, and she loves to run free!
Renewal of Life
|Renewal of Life|
Pony Story: Natasha Isenhour 's travels abroad and around the Southwest have fueled her love for interpreting the "magical landscapes" she has witnessed. A dawn seen through mists hovering over the Rio Grande that flows through a bird sanctuary in southern New Mexico inspired this work of art. Whether she is painting on a canvas or a Pony, this artist has a unique ability to create a spiritual luminescence that invites the viewer to enter a meditative space that seems to live inside her art.
Item #: 1467
Pony Story: It's said that serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm. With that in mind, this California artist set out to decorate her Serenity Pony with designs that put the heart at ease. She was inspired by such classically popular patterns as Blue Willow, a design that has graced the world's finest dinnerware (Who can resist the charming imagery of the star-crossed lovers who were turned into immortal lace birds?) and Coventry Blue, a delicate embroidery found on white linen and bed coverings that originated in 16th-Century England and evokes pastoral strolls down shady lanes past white cottages and ponds dappled with lilies. La Marr's day job is a nurse in Stockton, California, but she is an artist in spirit, and the creator of the figurine, "Viva Las Vegas."
Item #: 12260
Pony Story: In Greek mythology, Pegasus is regarded as horse of the Muses, and has always been at the service of poets. And so the story is told of a handsome youth who jumped on the back of a horse who unfolded the splendor of a mighty set of wings and soared toward the heavens... where he can still be seen as the star constellation, Pegasus. Santa Fe sculptor and horsewoman Star Liana York created the original crystal-eyed interpretation of the legendary flying steed to benefit a therapeutic horseback-riding program.
Item #: 12219
Sky of Enchantment
|Sky of Enchantment|
Pony Story: After completing her studies in art, music and fashion design in Hamburg, Germany, Ilse Magener lived in South Africa and Spain before finding paradise in the tiny New Mexico village of Magdalena. There, Ilse writes, "one is blessed with amazingly wide horizons during the day and unrivaled clear views of the stars, Milky Way and other galaxies at night." Adorned with gold celestial formations that sparkle with semi-precious gems, her Pony epitomizes the artist's gift for creating original and enchanting artworks.
Item #: 1543
Pony Story: "From stardust we have come, and to stardust we shall return," writes Janee Hughes, an artist and writer from the Pacific Northwest as gifted with a pen as with a brush. "Between times, many have gazed in wonder at the night sky and thought they've seen figures in the arrangement of stars and galaxies. In centuries past, fertile imaginations have even gone so far as to conjure gods and heroes and tell their stories in terms of myths. Many involve the horse, our respected companion on earth, our friend in the heavens..."
Item #: 12248
The Unicorn's Garden
|The Unicorn's Garden|
Pony Story: In the 16th century, in the Netherlands, a series of fabulous tapestries was created, each featuring a unicorn that mysterious and beautiful white, horse-like creature with a single horn extending from its forehead in a magical setting. These tapestries were of such breathtaking magnificence that since that time they have been displayed in prestigious museums around the world. Inspired by one of these tapestries, The Unicorn's Garden depicts a unicorn resting in a glorious paradise-garden, surrounded by magical plants and flowers.
Item #: 4022510
Twilight Fairy Pony
|Twilight Fairy Pony|
Pony Story: For as long as stories have been told, fairies have captured the imagination of people fascinated by these whimsical creatures. Often depicted as beautiful, young and sometimes winged women of small stature who are as delightful as they are mysterious (and who usually appear at twilight), fairies have the power to magically assume different animal forms. This incredible ability has inspired many creative and artistic interpretations. In the hands of this talented California artist, we discover this entrancing Twilight Fairy Pony. As a young girl, Kathy Post dreamed of doing something special with her art; yet, she grew up in an era in which people told her art was a hobby, not a job that would support her. So it remained a hobby for many years, during which time she experimented in different media. It was in 2005 that, quite by accident, she discovered the world of rubber-stamp art and, over the past four years, developed her art into a cottage industry, creating gorgeous designs and manufacturing them into rubber-stamp art. The moral to her story? "Always keep the dream alive and, when you least expect it, in an unplanned and odd way, it will come true."
Item #: 12304
Wish Upon A Star
|Wish Upon A Star|
Pony Story: Although no unicorn sightings have been reported in centuries, this mysteriously beautiful creature is alive and well in legend and myth, and in our hearts and minds. Believed to be a fabulous hybrid with the body of a white horse, the cloven hooves of a goat, a lion's tail, and a slender golden spiral horn on its forehead, the unicorn is an animal of good omen and magical qualities. It is reported to appear to true believers when the time is right. The perfect gift for unicorn lovers, Wish Upon a Star was created by the multi-talented artist who sculpted all the original Painted Pony horse forms. Star is an award-winning Santa Fe, New Mexico, sculptor known as much for her Native American and wildlife subject matter as for her equine sculpture.
Item #: 12265
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