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These painted horses are the Riding Corner's new obsession. We love them as collectibles, to give as gifts, to paint ourselves, to add to horse party centerpieces, and even to use as a cornerstone in a campaign to raise awareness and funds for equestrian related causes.
The Trail of Painted Ponies Figurines
Happy Trails Collection
The Happy Trails Collection is a companion collection to the existing six inch line of figurines. The figurines are typically more youthful, whimsical Painted Ponies, making them perfect gifts for younger collectors, or collectors wanting to expand their existing Painted Ponies collections. They retain the popular “signature” look of Painted Ponies in that they are all miniature works of art, and they each begin with original artwork by an artist. Like the classic figurines, all horses in the happy trails collection come with a story. Newly introducted, the first release was announced on June 1, 2011 and the plan is for them to be released twice a year, in January and in June.
The Happy Trails horses differ from the classic painted pony figurines in that they are smaller in size by approximately two inches so they range from about 4 inches high to 6 inches high. They are less expensive – around $25. They feature less complicated designs. They don’t have a title plaque – the title appears on the underside of the base. The story appears on a decal on the underside of the base. They come with a production date symbol on the bottom, indicating the year they were manufactured (A horseshoe for 2011, a star for 2012). They are available only in resin.They come in their own distinctive packaging.They will not have editions numbers, or be available as Official Autographed Editions.
How to Collect The Trail of Painted Ponies Figurines
History of the Trail of Painted Ponies Project
It all started as a public art for charity project in the state of New Mexico. Using full-size polyurethane horses, from an original form sculpted by world-renowned bronze artist Star Liana York, each of the118 artists transformed their canvas into unique works of art limited only by their individual imaginations. Today that Trail continues with existing and new artists continuing to use Star s horse as their canvas. Taking the country, and now the world by stampede, many of the original works of art have been transformed into ceramic and resin miniature horse collectibles available through Trail of Painted Ponies.
The Trail Of Painted Ponies miniatures created as a result of the public art for charity project in New Mexico, are destined to become one of the greatest merchandising collectibles of all times. Whether you are a serious collector, art lover, horse lover or maybe you re just enamored with the beauty and culture of the American Southwest, regardless, The Trail of Painted Ponies has something to offer everyone. Miniatures, Christmas ornaments, coffee mugs, coffee table books, and the award-winning film which provides a provocative inside look as to how this whole public art for charity project in New Mexico was started.
The Trail of Painted Ponies (Trailer)
Trail of Painted Ponies Stories
Although there are way to many pony stories to share, here are a few of our favorites
Trail of Painted Ponies Westward Ho Figurine
Trail of Painted Ponies Peace, Love & Music Figurine
The 1960s were a time when it really did seem like things as simple as peace, love and music could create a revolution that would change the world! Recalling that colorful decade in the retro style, Peace, Love & Music is all about the power of pop art. Strong, vibrant colors and swirling shapes blend together as perfectly as rainbows while artfully incorporating classic '60s icons such as doves, musical notes and hearts. With this Painted Pony, anything is possible, again!
Trail of Painted Ponies Rites of Passage Figurine
Trail of Painted Ponies Happy Birthday Figurines
This adorable Happy Birthday Pony is here to wish you a very Happy Birthday! Everyone wants a Pony for their birthday; so saddle up, put your party hat on and get ready to celebrate your birthday!
Trail of Painted Ponies Sweetheart Figurine
For centuries, sweethearts have shared their affection for one another with sweet sentiments that have been carefully decorated with hearts and flowers. Sweetheart is also a charming term of endearment that symbolizes love and caring. This romantic Painted Pony is embellished with delicate golden tendrils, surrounded by lovely leaves and fanciful flowers that blossom with red hearts which are featured on a stunning black background. This traditional Ukrainian style of painting is appreciated for its delicacy and complexity and has been treasured for over 2,000 years. Discover what true love is all about with Sweetheart.
Paint Your Own Painted Pony
The Trail of Panted Ponies invites you to discover how easy and fun it can be to create your very own Painted Pony! Each Paint Your Own Pony Kit comes with paints, brushes and a complete instruction book. Simply sketch your design on your pony and then begin to paint. If you are not satisfied with your work of art, simply remove the paint with mineral spirits and begin again.
Great Fundraising Project
For organizations that are seeking new and different ways of raising awareness and funds, consider holding “Paint Your Own Pony Competitions” or inviting established artists and celebrities to paint a Pony. Then hold an auction and suddenly you have an entirely new way of fundraising.