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.

This year we are adding a new twist to this competition. In addition to Holiday submissions, we are also accepting designs for the following figurine categories: Native American, Western, Inspirational and Artist's Choice.

Deadline: Competition will run from February 1, 2021 through February 28, 2021. Winners will be announced on
Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

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: 2021 Design Contest
PO Box 26553
Prescott Valley, AZ 86312

You may enter as many designs as you would like.


1st Place - $600 cash prize
2nd Place - $300 cash prize
3rd Place - $150 cash prize

Please note that all cash prizes will go towards the design fee that is payable to the artist, if the winning designs are chosen to be crafted into Painted Ponies figurines.

Email your questions to:, or call: 1 (928) 308-6538.

Categories: Below are submission examples for the 5 design categories featured in this competition. All of the original design submissions shown here have been crafted into figurines for The Trail of Painted Ponies.


by Lorna Matsuda

Native American

Appaloosa Pride
by Julie Karnath


El Vaquero
by Janet Snyder


by David Archie

Artist's Choice Example #1

Legend of the Blue Horse
by Kelly Kurtz

Artist's Choice Example #2

Pony Lover
by Kim Ratigan


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 (928) 308-6538.

Good luck to everyone, and Happy Trails!