NEW Holiday 2018 Painted Ponies - Limited Edition of 5,000 each

People are always looking for new gift-giving traditions at Christmas. Gifting beautifully crafted and hand-painted, Holiday-themed Painted Pony Figurines and Ornaments has become an exciting new tradition, the way giving glass balls, tin trains and cut-and-etched crystal became holiday gift traditions. Every year we come out with completely different and unique Holiday Painted Ponies, accompanied by stocking-stuffer ornaments. Make this Christmas memorable by ordering a Holiday-themed Painted Pony early for the special people in your life.


O Holy Night

Candy Coated Treat
by Steve Riecks

Far away in a cottage near the North Pole, a grandfather elf puts the finishing touches on a candy coated treat that a child will dream of on the night before Christmas. Limited Edition of 5,000.

Steve Riecks is an award winning graphic artist, graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist with over 29 years of experience specializing in corporate identity and promotional print material. He lives and works in Parker, Colorado. Steve studied graphic design and fine art at Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1983. While attending CSU, Steve was able to study art history at the Palais Kinsky in Vienna, Austria for two months during the summer of 1981. He was able to travel Europe and see some of the best museums in the world, such as the Louvre, Prado, Picasso, Van Gogh, Rikjs, and the Sistine Chapel. After college, Steve went to work for an ad agency in Denver, Colorado for two years. He then ventured out on his own in 1986 and became a successful freelance graphic artist and illustrator. His clients have ranged from small non-profit to large Fortune 500 companies. Print projects have varied in size from business cards to large scale trade show booth graphics. He also specializes in book cover design, newsletters, and annual reports.

Laurie Cook
Steve Riecks

Song of the Cardinal

Santa's Workshop
by Laurie Cook

From the artist: During my growing up years, I envisioned Santa’s workshop as a brightly-lit place, warmed by a roaring fireplace, smelling of peppermint and filled to overflowing with toys, toys, toys. All of the hammers and paint-cans were elf-sized, the sound of miniature saws kept beat to the happy bustling that went on around the clock, and in the middle of the room, larger than any other toy, was a proud prancing rocking horse. Limited Edition of 5,000.

Raised in Southern California, one of Laurie's earliest memories is of drawing horses on the underside of the family coffee table. While still studying at Art Center College of Design she was recruited by Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri so at age 22 she moved halfway across the country, not knowing a soul in her new city. Her plan to work there for a year or two somehow stretched out to nearly two decades and by the time she left she had attained the highest level possible, that of "Master Artist,"designing everything from home decor items to Christmas gift bags; from thinking up new toy ideas to painting idyllic garden scenes. Some of her clients include Google, Mohawk Industries, Leanin' Tree, Carson Home, Current, and Hasbro. On the rare occasion she's not in her studio, she can be found hiking with her German Shepherd and two Labradors, or tending to her butterfly garden. Laurie has returned to Southern California and now freelances for a variety companies.

Laurie Cook
Laurie Cook


Vintage Greetings

Winter Beauty
by Lorna Matsuda

It was a stormy winter night when this special little pony was born. As he looked with wonder at the snowflakes blowing in the open doorway and landing on his nose, each one as unique as the little white spots adorning his coat, his name was given to him: Snowflake. Limited Edition of 5,000.

Being a realist artist I strive to capture the true spirit and character of each subject I paint. The eyes are a very important factor when I do a painting. I work in many different mediums such as feathers, rock, leather, bone, as well as traditional canvas and acrylic based mediums, along with my beloved painted ponies. I also do commissioned work for clients. My art has been a life long journey and will be with me as long as I am able to paint, it inspires me and takes me to a place of peace and tranquility in the many hours I spend painting.

Lorna Matsuda


Crimson Joy


White Christmas
by Ann Yarbrough

Every year someone somewhere dreams of a white Christmas where treetops glisten and children listen, to hear sleigh bells in the snow…. May your days be merry and bright, and all your Christmases be white. Limited Edition of 5,000.

Ann Yarbrough's artistic inspiration comes from her Granddad, husband, son, family and friends. She has painted 21 murals in her hometown of Cedartown, GA, designed the book cover for her county's heritage book, worked and painted on movie sets, and been part of a 3 month long exhibition of Painted Ponies called Painted Dreams. She says "being part of The Trail has been a wonderful ride and a joy to be a part of."

Ann Yarbrough






Fawn Memories

Nutcracker Sweet
by Julie Karnath

Available exclusively through a Dillard's store near you. In stock now! Visit the Dillard's store locator by Clicking Here. Nutcracker Sweet is not available through Dillard's online, only at Dillard's stores. You can also order by calling the Dillard's store closest to you.

Over the years there have been many imaginative interpretations of the Nutcracker, which tells the tale of a little girl and her favorite toy, a funny-looking nutcracker carved to look like a soldier, who whisks her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. Adding something new and unique to the holidays this year is a fancy sweet-toothed Painted Pony nutcracker who is dressed in gold braid and tassels, with frosting on his hat, a candy cane in his mouth and a bucket of candy beneath him, dancing in merriment as he performs his own version of this classic Christmas story.

As a young, “horse crazy” child, my favorite subject to draw was horses. In high school I expanded my subject matter and drew and painted various back drops and decorations for everything from high school plays and musicals to senior proms.  This continued through college where I was recruited for a variety of projects.

Because I work full time to support my horse habit I don’t have as much time to create art as I would like. When I do have time I paint everything from murals to wine glasses. My largest project was painting murals on the inside of a restaurant that served Mexican-style food. I even painted scenes in the restrooms! I also enjoy creating jewelry and sculpting. If there is a blank space on something it can be painted. The walls of my house are tempting! Art is relaxing and therapeutic for me. I am thankful that God uses me as one of the conduits for his work.

Julie Karnath

Holiday 2018 Ornaments - Limited Edition of 5,000 each

IN STOCK NOW! The Trail of Painted Ponies ornaments are perfect for Holidays and everyday! Absolutely adorable as a single ornament or as entire collection, these ornaments will make every day a celebration! Collect them all.

Snow Queen Ornament

Candy Coated Treat Ornament

O Holy Night Ornament
Santa's Workshop

Song of the Cardinal Ornament
Winter Beauty Ornament

Back in stock early January 2019

Crimson Joy Ornament

Nutcracker Sweet

Available exclusively through a Dillard's store near you. In stock now! Visit the Dillard's store locator by Clicking Here. Nutcracker Sweet is not available through Dillard's online, only at Dillard's stores. You can also order by calling the Dillard's store closest to you.