Artistic Tributes to Painted Pony Legends Continues

With the Summer 2014 release we continue to present outstanding designs that follow in the hoof-steps of previous bestselling Painted Pony figurines, while making a memorable mark of their own.

The tremendous response from collectors to "Painted Harmony," which depicts a Paint mare running with her color-coordinated foal, inspired us to create a second mare-and-foal figurine titled "A Star is Born," this time featuring an Appaloosa mare with her adorable leopard-spotted foal.

Two emotionally powerful Painted Ponies that recognize tragedies inflicted on Native Americans – "Wounded Knee" and "Trail of Tears" – could be considered the predecessors to "Blood Brothers," a dramatic rendering of a grief-stricken war horse kneeling before the grave of its fallen rider.

Looking back, we have presented collectors with three creative race horse designs – "Fantastic Fillies," "Run for the Roses", and "The Front Runner" – to which we now add "Photo Finish," which depicts three riders thundering towards the finish line.

With classic Painted Ponies like "Bunkhouse Bronco" and "Wound Up Time on the Range" we used artful interpretations to pay tribute to the special place of the horse in the lore of American West, and with "Western Leather" we honor it contributions to design and style.

We've said it before but it bears repeating: There's a Painted Pony for everybody!



A Star is Born


Shipping Begins in Late August 2014


A Star is Born
by Kathleen Moody
 


Artist Kathleen Moody

A Tribute to the Appaloosa Horse…

Each Spring, a ritual is reborn across the great plains, as Appaloosa mares give birth to the next generation of foals. These majestic horses were beloved by Native Americans, and were prized for their bold colors and brave hearts. "A Star is Born," captures this breathtaking renewal of life as a mother proudly welcomes her beautiful baby.

To learn more about the Appaloosa Horse Club please visit: www.appaloosa.com

    The Trail of Painted Ponies is pleased to add Kathleen Moody to its stable of contributing artists. A phenomenal equine designer and sculptor who has created animal sculptures for Breyer Model horses, Hartland Horses, Safari, DaBar Enterprises, and a host of other companies. Kathleen is the designer behind the Appaloosa mare and foal titled "A Star is Born," which is the third figurine in the Beauty of the Breed Series. She has also helped with the creation of several of the new pony forms.



Blood Brothers


Shipping Begins in Late August 2014


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Blood Brothers
by Kelly Kurtz
 


Artist Kelly Kurtz

Native Americans believed that the bond between horse and rider was sacred. These two spirits became one. "Blood Brothers" pays tribute to this eternal devotion as a loyal war pony respectfully bows at the grave of his fallen rider…his friend…his Blood Brother. Even at the end of life, these bonds of loyalty and love could never be broken.

   
"Art is the combination of inspiration and imagination. Once you find that thing that inspires you, it’s time for the imagination to take over, and run with it – my favorite part about being an artist! A feeling, a picture, a song lyric, inspiration is as limitless as the imagination. To create something out of sheer passion and imagination is a truly spiritual experience that can only be transcended by the moment you see someone moved by your art as much as you are." –Kelly Kurtz



Photo Finish


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Photo Finish
by Janee Hughes
 


Artist Janee Hughes

In the fast-paced world of horse racing, a "photo finish" depicts a race in which two or more horses cross the finish line separated by a nose. This dramatic moment is captured in "Photo Finish," as three horses sprint to the finish line in a race too close to call… the final winner to be determined by a photograph.


   

Janee Hughes is a horsewoman, former school teacher in her home state of Oregon, author of several children's books, restorer of carousel horses, and Painted Ponies artist extraordinaire.

"I have owned, bred, and trained horses for over 40 years. Since they are my favorite subject matter, I applied to The Trail of Painted Ponies call for artists. I have enjoyed doing many designs for the Trail." - Janee Hughes



Western Leather


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Western Leather
by Vickie Knepper-Adrian
 


Artist Vickie Knepper-Adrian

This stunning Painted Pony pays tribute to the "Art of Leather." Cowboys who drifted with the winds across the great plains were the first leather artisans. At the end of their long days, they would sit by the fire and create masterpieces with great love, using the only canvas they could find: longhorn leather. "Western Leather " captures the romance of the American West.

   

"I love to wrap my hands around a blank form, it is more than “painting a pony” for me. It has become a spiritual journey that allows me to share a part of myself with others and occasionally people share a part of themselves in an email to let me know what a certain piece means to them or how it has touched them." - Vickie Knepper-Adrian