Collector's Guide - Horsepower 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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Pony Story: China is a land of myths and mysteries shrouded in the mists of history. Throughout the course of Chinese history, one animal has exerted a tremendous influence over its development ? the horse. Drawing on Imperial artifacts and records dating back to the Qing Dynasty (when the golden dragon symbolized the Emperor), Jeffrey Chan, a former art director in the movie industry in Hong Kong, who now works in giftware design, created Dynasty, a glorious "warrior pony" that has the richly detailed feel and look of an archaeological art treasure.
Item #: 12251
Horsepower to Burn
|Horsepower to Burn|
Pony Story: He came of age in the '50s, when hotrods and drag racing were "cool," when flames and checkered flags were stock images in car magazines. Years later, after three decades teaching art and coaching basketball, and winning an award as the New Mexico Art Educator of the year in 1988, Rich would draw on those times, those memories, when he was encouraged by a NASCAR fan to paint a Pony.
Item #: 12226
Pony Story: This Iron Horse honors the horse's contribution to the exploration and settling of America. Before the first locomotives chugged across the Great Plains, the horse brought explorers, surveyors, engineers, dreamers and their families westward. It was the horse who ferried supplies and information from the cities to the settlers. Iron Horse carries a lantern because he led the way into the great unknown, and he stands on the tracks he forged for the giant engines that would replace him - engines that even today bear his namesake.
Item #: 4030255
Pony Story: A second-generation lover and owner of motorcycles, David Losoya, an airbrush artist from Artesia, New Mexico, wanted to create a creature that "If I was a biker in the 19th century, I would ride." With the help of friends and family, he molded many parts of real motorcycles onto his horse, including mufflers, a kickstarter, leather saddlebags and chains instead of reins. This Pony rumbles!
Item #: 1450
Pony Story: The sky darkens ominously. Gusting blasts of wind kick up dust. Z-bolts of lightning flash from cloud-to-ground like jagged spears thrown by an angry mythological god. There is a sudden loud crack of thunder that sounds like the floorboards of Heaven have collapsed under the weight of the rain, snow and hail that pour down from above, as "Storm Rider" charges across the landscape, snorting, rearing, and bucking like a wild stallion.
Storm Rider Ornament
|Storm Rider Ornament|
Pony Story: The sky darkens ominously. Gusting blasts of wind kick up dust. Z-bolts of lightning flash from cloud-to-ground like jagged spears thrown by an angry mythological god. There is a sudden loud crack of thunder that sounds like the floorboards of Heaven have collapsed under the weight of the rain, snow and hail that pour down from above, as “Storm Rider” charges across the landscape, snorting, rearing, and bucking like a wild stallion.
Pony Story: In the 15th century, when knights were defenders of faith, a woman's honor and just about anything that endowed them with greater glory, so did their "chargers" share in the accolades. In fact, the exalted association of man and horse is precisely what is meant by chivalry ? an adaptation of the French word meaning horse ? cheval. With this in mind, Rod Barker, executive director of The Trail of Painted Ponies, designed a Super Charger fit for the noblest of knights.
Item #: 12232
Viva Las Vegas
|Viva Las Vegas|
Pony Story: No other icon epitomizes Las Vegas like the Showgirl. Known for her incredibly elaborate, baroque but brief costumes; her ability to sing, dance and sashay across a stage in sky-high stilettos, while balancing a feathered headdress atop her head; the Showgirl is considered a piece of art or a human sculpture. Although Showgirl revues are slowly disappearing on The Strip, the Stockton, California, artist who paints under the name La Marr, wanted to take us on a ride through Las Vegas entertainment history with this dazzling tribute.
Item #: 12246
Pony Story: Anyone who has lived in the West knows firsthand about the awesome power and unpredictability of a wildfire. As well, anyone who has ridden horses knows they too are powerful and can be unpredictable. Carlsbad artist Gerri Mattson has creatively combined these two natural forces into a single dynamic image in which a forest fire raging out of control and horse stand together in a single art form.
Item #: 1458
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