|Colt of Many Colors
Designed by Dolly Parton
The Trail of Painted Ponies is proud to announce that legendary country and western singer Dolly Parton has designed a spectacular Painted Pony inspired by her hit song, Coat of Many Colors. The song tells a heartwarming story of a penniless young girl whose mother sews her a patchwork coat out of rags, which she wears to school proudly, and when other children laugh, she gives them a quick lesson about what it truly means to be "rich." Cleverly titled Colt of Many Colors, Dolly Parton's design uses a beautiful star-pattern quilt and butterflies to magically give her song "Coat of Many Colors," new life through her Painted Pony.
Dolly Parton would like everyone who views her Painted Pony to consider these words: "Though we had no money growing up, I was as rich as I could be, in my coat of many colors that my Mama made for me. Remember, one is only poor if you choose to be."
Colt of Many Colors is currently on display at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in Branson, Missouri, where it is available for sale. Colt of Many Colors has been valued at $75,000. Shipping within the United States will be at no charge. A tax-deductible percentage of the proceeds will go to Dolly's favorite charities, Dollywood Foundation and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. To learn more about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Click Here.
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The Trail of Painted Ponies is a fine arts and collectible company that explores the inspirational power of the horse by inviting artists to imaginatively transform elegant horse sculptures into dazzling works of original art. The most spectacular Painted Ponies are then crafted into beautiful, high-quality figurines that are miniature artworks in their own right. Painted Ponies figurines have become one of the most beloved collectibles in America.
In 2010, The Trail of Painted Ponies hosted an exciting design competition for Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. The winner was a talented artist named Alanna Donohue of Brentwood, New York, with her Pony titled "American Spirit." "I love Dolly,' says this colorful graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. "She seems to be so warm and at home with the woman she is. I didn't want to let her down."
The authenticity and accuracy found in "American Spirit" comes from a long history with horses. As a teenager Alanna worked at a boarding stable, cleaning stalls, grooming and exercising horses. So horse crazy was she that she took trick riding lessons and learned the Cossack Drag, Indian Hideaway and Liberty Stand.
Seventeen years in the home decorating field enhanced her design abilities and resourcefulness when it comes to working creatively with different materials. She knew where to go for the fabric and silver embellishments she incorporated into her design. With a touch that the woman who wrote and sang "Coat of Many Colors" would surely appreciate, Alanna fabricated the saddle from pieces of a shabby leather coat her mother had given her years ago.
But Alanna wants to be sure not to take all the credit for her Painted Pony. She makes a point of sharing credit with her spiritual collaborator. "God gave me a gift that I haven't really used. And I have always wanted to somehow contribute to this world with my art. So I said to him, 'You're the Master Creator. Let's do this together.' "
Of her achievement, Alanna says, "I wanted to create a special Painted Pony that people would want to take home with them from Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. Something that would help them preserve that priceless memory forever. A Painted Pony people could ride in their dreams. That is 'American Spirit!' "
"American Spirit" figurines were available exclusively at Dixie Stampede locations, and is now sold out.