Announcing a New and Very Special Art Competition Commemorating
the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attack on America

We will never forget what happened on September 11, 2001, a day of unimaginable tragedy that forever altered history and our place in the world.

As a way of remembering, The Trail of Painted Ponies has created two commemorative Painted Ponies.

In 2005, working with the New York Fire Department, New York Police Department, and Port Authority, we produced the
Fallen Heroes Memorial Pony, in honor of the sacrifices of the first responders.

In 2016, on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we created Unconquered, a powerful design that featured a proud and triumphant stallion dramatically poised atop the ruins of the World Trade Center.

In anticipation of the upcoming 20th anniversary in 2021, The Trail is announcing a new art competition, calling for original designs that remember the horror and heroism of THAT DAY!

For details, Click Here >

Fallen Heroes Memorial Pony
Released Summer 2005, 4 years after 9/11/2001
Released Summer 2016, 15 years after 9/11/2001
There could be no more deserving example, in modern times,
of bravery and heroic conduct than the firemen and policemen who pay the ultimate price while keeping the rest of us out of harm's way. Drawing on traditional imagery observed at the funerals of military heroes - a riderless horse with a pair of
empty high-top boots fitted in the stirrups backward - The Trail
of Painted Ponies, in collaboration with assorted artisans and craftsmen, created this emotionally stirring and uniquely
American tribute to these Fallen Heroes.
On a literal level, "Unconquered" depicts a magnificent white stallion - radiant and shimmering, mane and tail flying in the wind, a symbol of power, strength and renewal - rising Phoenix-like from the rubble of the fallen World Trade Center that was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. But this only tells half the story, for there is a deeper meaning behind this stunning sculpture. "Unconquered" also stands as an inspiring and patriotic representation of the triumphant response to adversity that defines the indomitable American Spirit. 

Submissions: Choose from 8 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: 9/11 Art Competition
PO Box 41517
Phoenix, AZ 85080

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

Deadline: Competition will run from Monday, February 3, 2020 through Sunday, March 1, 2020.


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 & Winners: Online voting will take place on The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Website ( beginning Tuesday, March 3, 2020 through Sunday, March 15, 2020. The 1st and 2nd Place winners from the online voting will be announced on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

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!