Calling All Artists...

Every year The Trail of Painted Ponies releases new Holiday figurines and corresponding ornaments. These are extremely popular among collectors, and everyone looks forward to seeing which holiday designs will become the next Painted Ponies. In order to keep the designs fresh and exciting, The Trail hosts a Holiday Design Contest each year, and ask artists to submit their designs for consideration. The most outstanding designs may be crafted into figurines and ornaments in the future.

Deadline: Competition will run from June 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020. Winners will be announced on
Monday, August 3, 2020.

Submissions: Designs may be presented on one of the Painted Ponies templates featured below >

Completed design submissions can be emailed to:

Design submissions can also be mailed to:

The Trail of Painted Ponies
Attn: Holiday Design Contest
PO Box 41517
Phoenix, AZ 85080

You may enter as many designs as you would like.


1st Place - $250 credit to The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Store.
2nd Place - $100 credit to The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Store.
3rd Place - $50 credit to The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Store.

In addition to the Official Store credit prizes listed here, artists whose designs are chosen to be crafted into figurines will also receive a design fee and artist agreement outlining additional benefits.

Email your questions to:, or call: 1 (623) 580-9389.

Themes: Below are a few popular Holiday themes that we suggest for Holiday Design Contest submissions, with examples.


Appy Holidays
by Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor


by Emily Overman


Noel by
Karlynn Keyes & Bryn Wilkins Lawson

Story Inspired

Winter Ballet by Bryn Wilkins Lawson
Inspired by the story Nutrcacker Sweet

Gift Inspired

Santa's Surprise
by Janet Snyder

Breed Specific

Winter Beauty
by Lorna Matsuda


Re-imagined Holiday Figurines
Recently The Trail of Painted Ponies introduced the Collaboration Collection, which features re-imagined and re-colored previously released Painted Ponies. In addition to new colors, new details can also be added. We invite artists to review previously released Holiday Figurines, then add new colors to the existing design, and new details.

To see all Holiday Painted Ponies released to date, please view the Holiday Collectors Checklist by Clicking Here >


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

Judging Criteria

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 to everyone, and Happy Trails!