The Trail of Painted Ponies Announces Exciting New Art Competition/Challenge

Vital to the success, the longevity, and the popularity of The Trail of Painted Ponies has been the way it gives artists of all skill levels the opportunity to showcase their imaginations, and at the same time explore the extraordinary possibilities of the horse as a source of creative expression. This competition is designed to create fresh new artwork that will continue this distinguished legacy. A prize of $500 will be awarded to the winning design in each of five categories, with a $100 credit to the Official Trail of Painted Ponies Store awarded to the runner-up in each category. An online voting competition for the best overall design will then be held.

Submissions: Choose any of the nine Trail of Painted Ponies horse forms as your canvas. Click here for horse form options >

Photos or scanned copies of paper submissions and artist applications can be emailed to:, or mailed to:

The Trail of Painted Ponies, Inc.
Attn: 2019 Art Competition
PO Box 41517
Phoenix, AZ 85080

Please note that mailed design submission will not be returned. Multiple entries are welcomed.

Deadline: Competition will run from Wednesday, May 1, 2019 through Sunday, June 16, 2019.

Prizes for each of the 5 categories:
1st Place - $500 cash prize*
2nd Place - $100 credit to The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Store

*The 1st Place $500 cash prize will also be the design fee, if a winning design is chosen to be crafted into a figurine, at any point in the future.

Voting: Online voting will take place on The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Website ( beginning Monday, June 17, 2019. The 1st and 2nd Place winners in each of the 5 categories will be featured in the online voting, for a total of 10 selections to vote on. The top winner from the online voting will be announced on Monday, July 1, 2019, and will receive a merchandise prize package valued at $150. Merchandise prize package will include - a Triumphant Paint Your Own Pony, Low Numbered First Edition "Fire and Ice" figurine, American ArtParades Book, The Trail of Painted Ponies Adult Coloring Book - Native American Edition and a Ride the Sky book, all pictured below.


1) Native American: Our bestselling category, Native American Painted Ponies have expressed superb artistry, and been spiritually charged with dramatic colors and spiritually significant symbols. Examples of previously released Native American themed figurines are shown below.

Turquoise Princess
War Magic
Eagle Spirit
The Eye Dazzler

2) Western: Designs, either traditional or contemporary, that somehow invoke the appeal of the Old West. Examples of previously released Western themed figurines are shown below.

Rope My Heart
Happy Trails

3) Spiritual: We are leaving this category wide open. It can include everything from Mythological to Fantasy to Bereavement to Faith. Examples of previously released Mythological, Fantasy, Bereavement and Faith themed figurines are shown below.

Crossing Rainbow Bridge
Unicorn Magic
Guardian Angel

4) Holiday: Share the visual highlights of your favorite holiday, from Christmas to Valentines Day to Mothers Day. Examples of previously released Holiday themed figurines are shown below.

Belves 'n' Elves
Pony Lover
Happy Birthday

5) Wild Horses: Seeking wonderfully original designs that give collectors another way to appreciate the versatility of the horse as a three-dimensional canvas. Examples of previously released Wild Horse themed figurines are shown below.

Cloud Hunter
Friends Forever
Magical Mystery Mare
Ebony in Harmony


Creative design approaches may include enhancements, which are appreciated by the competition judges. See enhancement examples below:

Base details
Unique tails & manes

Horse markings
Horse eyes
Horse hooves
Beautiful details


Horse Forms for Submissions
Artists may submit designs on paper by downloading submission forms from The Trail of Painted Ponies. Select from the forms below.

Judging Criteria

Please keep in mind that judging criterion includes how successfully your design will translate into a 3-dimensional Painted Ponies figurine. Designs will be evaluated for beauty, the skill with which the design is rendered, the creative use of the horse form, the originality of the design and the concept or story behind the design.

Important Information

We assume all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein.  We are not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant.

We regret that we cannot return any submissions. 

Questions? Please Email: or call 1 (623) 580-9389.

Good luck and happy trails!