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linda from IN wrote on November 23, 2021:
could you explain the numbering on the bottom of sounds of thunder, retired. 4E/0774. the 0774 is hand wrtitten. westland 2007 trail of tears. thank you.
Response From Trailmaster:
The first number before the "E" refers to the edition number. There are 10,000 figurines per edition. The second, hand-written number is the unique number of a figurine in that particular edition. A figurine with an edition number of 4E/0774 would be in the 4th Edition, number 774 out of 10,000.

Ken from NV wrote on November 09, 2021:
RE: RENEWAL OF LIFE pony 2003 - the checklist shows retired 5E1202 BUT i own one that says 5E1619 on the bottom - is the checklist in error? thank you
Response From Trailmaster:
Please email a photo of the underside of your figurine's base to: info@paintedponies.com, and we will be happy to take a look at it for you.

Ken from NV wrote on November 09, 2021:
The following ponies are missing from your posted story cards - could you add them?: Autumn Cornucopia_2014_autumn Autumn Dancer_2008_seasons Midnight Glow_2014_autumn Mistletoe KIsses_2020_holiday PonyOnParade_2020_winter SeaStallion_2020_winter tiptoethruthetulips_2008_seasons WinterSong_2008_seasons Summer Ballet_2008_seasons
Response From Trailmaster:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will look into the missing story cards, and add them to the Story Card Downloads webpage if needed.

david grindle from Kerrville Texas wrote on November 08, 2021:
have been navigating, without success, trying to find a list of Painted Ponies , retired...such as Cow Pony, War Cry, and a few others as to value. Could you help please? Thankyou
Response From Trailmaster:
To find the current perceived value of retired Painted Ponies, we recommend looking on eBay for the same figurine with a similar edition number. If you have an eBay account, you can look up what that figurine has sold for recently, which will give you an even more accurate perceived value.

Linda Greaves from Virgins wrote on November 05, 2021:
When will the contest winners be up for sale?
Response From Trailmaster:
We can't say precisely which winners will be available when, but some, at least, will be released in January 2023.

Paige from Canada wrote on November 05, 2021:
Hello, I have a few painted ponies myself, most of which are retired. I am wondering what their value would be? Some have been retired since 2010, others are more recent. Thank you!
Response From Trailmaster:
To find the current perceived value of retired Painted Ponies, we recommend looking on eBay for the same figurine with a similar edition number. If you have an eBay account, you can look up what that figurine has sold for recently, which will give you an even more accurate perceived value.

Ken from NV wrote on November 04, 2021:
Have you considered blazing a few new trails? For example, trail of painted pachyderms or trail of painted dolphins? there are many other marketable species:)
Response From Trailmaster:
Back in the early 2000s, a large number of what were called "art parades" took place across the country. A community selected an animal that served as a mascot, invited artists to reimagine the form as a canvas, and the resulting art pieces were put on display and then auctioned and sold to raise money for deserving charities. You had cows, pigs, bears, flamingos, sheep, lizards, dogs, fish... and you even had angels, guitars, lighthouses, and hearts. The list goes on. In fact, The Trail published a book titled American Art Parades which featured almost one hundred of these public art projects. We were also consultants to a number of these communities, as many of them hoped to duplicate the success of The Trail of Painted Ponies by coming out with their own miniature figurines. But none had the broad appeal of the horse, and much of the art that was produced was whimsical. As a result, the companies in the business of manufacturing and distributing figurines did not feel any other animal would have the same popular appeal, nor that the artwork would be taken seriously. We do consider Painted Pony figurines as miniature works of art. As we approach our 20th anniversary, to our knowledge there are no other collectible collections in the marketplace that are premised on the idea of using animal forms as canvases to be painted by different artists.

Linda Summers from Idaho wrote on November 01, 2021:
I have 219 Ponies starting with Winter 2003 up throught Spring 2012. I have some exclusive releases, some signed by artist. All Boxes, and all but 1 or 2 tags. I am wanting to sell them and wondering the best way to do this? I would really like to sell them as a whole if that would be possible. What do you suggest? Thank you for your time.
Response From Trailmaster:
I wish we could give you an answer that would satisfy you. You have a valuable collection of Painted Ponies, but as for how to sell them intact as a whole group, we really can't say. Over the years we have been approached by several horse museums that were interested in an exhibition of all the Ponies, but they wanted to display not purchase them. If anyone reads this who has an idea, please share.

Debbie from OK wrote on October 31, 2021:
Which is more valuable or is there a difference; a first edition with a high number or a third edition with a low number? Also, is a "sample" valued different? Thank you.
Response From Trailmaster:
There is no Bible with the value of Painted Ponies in it. Many factors come into play. But I would say that in the eyes of most serious collectors, a first edition is more desirable than a third edition, no matter the number. As for Samples, they are in a category of their own because so few were produced. They are like a limited edition within the open edition.

Tina Waters from Scotland UK wrote on October 31, 2021:
Have you any information on Horse of a different colour like are they still made ,how many were made etc
Response From Trailmaster:
The "Horse of a Different Color" line, which was a knock-off of The Trail of Painted Ponies by our former manufacturer, ended when Westland, the manufacturing company, went out of business. We have no information on how many figurines were made.