Rod Barker

While researching a book in Chicago, this best-selling author came across a public art project that would change his life. Soon, this author turned entrepreneur, embarked on the adventure of a lifetime that would find him in a new frontier filled with horses that would stampede into American art history! And so, Rod Barker created The Trail of Painted Ponies. Born and bred in Santa Fe, it took the country and the art world by storm. Mr. Barker is an accomplished writer and public speaker who has been featured on numerous television shows including Good Morning America, CNN and the Charlie Rose Show. Mr. Barker is available for public speaking engagements.

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Rikki Carter

With over a decade of experience with The Trail of Painted Ponies, Rikki Carter oversees all aspects of production development, website updates, special sales and communications with artists, collectors and retailers. With a knack for special attention to detail and a true passion for The Trail of Painted Ponies brand overall, Rikki has become an expert in The Trail's behind the scenes intricacies, as well as the front of house management.

Jorge Santiago
Director of Photography and Operations

Beautiful imagery from The Trail of Painted Ponies comes from the keen photographic talents of Jorge Santiago. Having owned horses when he was younger, Mr. Santiago has an appreciation for the majesty of the horse. When he is not snapping photos, Jorge Santiago is keeping The Trail of Painted Ponies operations running smoothly.

Chuck Journey
Director of Finance

After working for the Vatican real estate holdings for years, Chuck Journey now oversees all of the finances for The Trail of Painted Ponies. An avid bonsai collector and grower, Mr. Journey has a wealth of experience in the world of business, finance and all things beautiful. Chuck is also a graduate of USC. Fight On!