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.

Please let us know where you heard about the Holiday Design Contest 2022 when you submit your design.

Deadline: Sunday, November 20, 2022

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 26553
Prescott Valley, AZ 86312

You may enter as many designs as you would like.


1st Place - $1,000 cash prize
2nd Place - $500 cash prize
3rd Place - $250 cash prize

All cash prizes will go towards a design fee, if designs are chosen to be crafted into Painted Ponies figurines in the future.

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

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


Jack Frost
by Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor


Snow Crystal
by Emily Overman


Jingle Bell Rock
by Laura Robinson

Story Inspired

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

Gift Inspired

Santa's Little Helper
by Lorna Matsuda

Breed Specific

Gypsy Winter Dreams
by Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor


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 one of the 11 Pony Forms from The Trail of Painted Ponies. Select from the submission forms below.

Please let us know where you heard about the Holiday Design Contest 2022 when you submit your design.

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!