Congratulations to the TOP 3 Winners of The Trail of Painted Ponies and the American Paint Horse Association
Art Competition! Over 5,000 votes were cast and the Winners are...

1st Place - $1000 Cash Prize
Janee Hughes


About Janee Hughes:

This talented artist lives in Oregon where she was a middle school art teacher for over 30 years. She has always loved horses and she has shown, raised and trained foals that became great trail riding horses.

"When I was designing Harmony, I thought about the very close relationship between a mare and her foal, and how remarkable it is that the foal can keep up with its mother shortly after birth. Bringing the two together in color and markings was my way of emphasizing this very close relationship."

2nd Place - $500 Cash Prize
Hidden Affections
Lorna Matsuda


About Lorna Matsuda:

Horses and art have always been the two passions of Lorna's life. Earlier in her career she developed a successful horse boarding, breeding and training business that kept her busy while she continued as a self-taught artist. She is currently a full-time artist who lives in Alberta, Canada with her horses and her dogs. 

"The beauty of these paint horses concealed amongst the trees is breathtaking and is as if nature naturally conceals them to blend into the background. I felt the title Hidden Affections, totally told the story of this pair of beautiful Paints sharing a moment together."

3rd Place - $250 Cash Prize
Painted Anniversary
Nakita Delichte


About Nakita Delichte:

Nakita is a college student from British Columbia who is passionate about American Paint horses! She owns two registered Paints and she even created a PowerPoint in high school featuring American Paint horses. This talented amateur artist has only taken one art class, however, her submission impressed the judges.

"I entered this competition because I thought I had a unique idea that would represent the American Paint horse," said Nakita.

Congratulations to the TOP 20 Finalists!

The Unbreakable Spirit

Abi Hayward
Liskeard, Cornall,
United Kingdom


Amber Stirling
Smith, Alberta, Canada

American Paint

Angie Simpson
Peru, IL

Painted Horizon

Cassaundra B. Struck
Michigamme, MI

Paint by Numbers

Debbie Martinez
Orange, TX

Painted History

Delia Pacheco
Janesville, WI

Ride a Paint

Jackie Thompson
Cartersville, GA


Janet Snyder
Georgetown, IL


Kelly Kurtz
Denver, PA

Paint for a Day

Kim Ratigan
Burlington, Ontario, Canada

American Beauty

Laura Robinson
Independence, MN

Trail Time

Rober Sabol
Mesquite, NV

Nature's Palette

Shannon Fleury
Mount Forest, Ontario, Canada

Cheyenne Warrior

Vickie Knepper-Adrian
North Liberty, IA

Paint Me A Masterpiece

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor
East Petersburg, PA

Hues of the Paint

Eden Goldman
Queen Creek, AZ

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