Spring is in the air, to the relief of people living in the Midwest and Northeast for whom warmer temperatures and gentle breezes couldn't come soon enough. The songbirds are back - I actually saw a flight of geese cross in front of the moon the other night. The trees and flowers are budding, the days are longer, animals are bearing babies, and… a new herd of Painted Ponies is coming down the trail. The diversity of these four fabulous figurines is what you can expect from our releases. Painted Pony figurines have been pleasing collectors for over a decade now, and they continue to surprise and delight. As we liked to say at the very start of The Trail, "Every Pony comes out of the same starting gate, and crosses a different finish line."

Leading the bunch is "Petals," a beautiful floral Pony that introduces the new trotting horse form. Running neck-and-neck is "Rodeo Romeo," a handsome addition to our tradition of Western-themed Ponies. Coming up on the trail is "Trailblazer," a Native American design that was a finalist in our art competition with the Appaloosa Horse Club. And closing fast is "Empress of the Winds," whose black and white designs mask many layers of meaning.

Ladies and gentlemen, pick your winner….



Rodeo Romeo


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Rodeo Romeo
by Karlynn Keyes & Valor Lee
 


Artists Karlynn Keyes and Valor Lee

He's fast as the wind and black as night,
you can try to resist him with all of your might.
He can spin on a dime and fly through the air,
he'll steal your heart with rodeo flair.
Look in his eyes and you just can't say no,
'cause this little guy is Rodeo Romeo!
   
Karlynn Keyes –The former President of The Trail of Painted Ponies is also a talented designer who has created some of the best-selling Painted Ponies of all time, including Cowgirl Cadillac, King of Hearts & Silverado. Now, she has taken her entrepreneurial spirit and developed an exciting new design company with her daughter, Valor Lee. To learn more about their new brands, please visit: DoubleStarStudio.com.



Trailblazer


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Trailblazer
by Amber Stirling
 


Artist Amber Stirling


Legend tells of spotted horses that blazed trails throughout the American West. They were the constant companions of the Nez Perce, expert hunters and trackers who traveled with the seasons. Their journeys are reflected in the distinctive blanket pattern of their beloved Appaloosas. Together, they rode into history as brave Trailblazers.
   

Amber Stirling grew up on a ranch in northern Alberta that focused on the stunning appaloosa horse. As a child, she formed a connection with these amazing horses and the region's beauty and wildlife. "From the time I was a small child, I have been trying to express that connection through my art, and to inspire those who view it." Mostly self-taught, Amber has expanded her arts education to include a diploma in fine arts. Amber uses an ever expanding variety of mediums to try and capture her imagination with as much detail as possible.

"I believe that beautiful art is created with passion and inspiration, and I am attempting to capture the essence of what inspires me, through my art." –Amber Stirling




Petals


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Petals
by Paula Holoman
 


Artist Paula Holoman


Peonies are pink, they're beautiful, it's true.
This Painted Pony, was created just for you.
She is kind and loving, and pretty as can be.
Her name is, Petals, and she loves to run free…
   

Paula Holoman is a self-taught artist who has been painting for over 15 years now. She was inspired by her mother
to do crafts and paint because she was always making something creative. Paula has painted over 25 Painted Ponies now and has painted them for collectors in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan and China.

"I have always had a Love for Animals, Flowers and Painting. That is why I always try to combine the three together."
-Paula Holoman



Empress of the Winds



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Empress of the Winds
by Stefanie Schaetzchen
 


Artist Stefanie Schaetzchen

They say that the winds are like a woman, always changing...
There are the Winds of Time which span history and
the Winds of Change, which mark transformations.
Then there are the Winds of Dawn, which signal renewal.
All of these, from The Empress of the Winds.

   

International artist, Stefanie Schaetzchen, has had a passion for art and horses her entire life. Born, raised, and educated in Cologne, Germany, Stefanie managed to merge these interests by devoting her studies to art and her free time to horses and horsemanship. Her growing expertise led her to become a quarter horse breeder. Eventually she owned and managed her own horse farm in Frohngau, Germany. In 2010 Stefanie, her husband, and her two Briards (French Sheepdogs) relocated to a charming cottage on the banks of the Hudson River in Montrose, New York, where she continues to paint in her Timeless Trail Art Studio.