24th & 25th Releases - Design Meanings and Style - 2012 Summer & Fall

Country Music

Artist: Aloma Wolfington

Country Music is all about two things that millions of people hold close to their heart: country music and horses. Some of the biggest stars who ever performed onstage at the Grand Ole Opry – George Jones, Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson – grew up with horses, and dreamed of becoming a cowboy or cowgirl. Horses helped them escape from the chaos of the world and were their true companions. With musical notes blended into her spots, guitars as tributes to their musical abilities, and wearing a trick saddle, Country Music invites collectors into the private world these country stars shared with some of their closest friends – their beloved horses.


Iron Horse

Artist: Christopher Paskert

This Iron Horse honors the horse's contribution to the exploration and settling of America. Before the first locomotives chugged across the Great Plains, the horse brought explorers, surveyors, engineers, dreamers and their families westward. It was the horse who ferried supplies and information from the cities to the settlers. Iron Horse carries a lantern because he led the way into the great unknown, and he stands on the tracks he forged for the giant engines that would replace him – engines that even today bear his namesake.


Spirit of the Chief

Artist: Lorna Matsuda

Traditionally, the Chief was the greatest warrior in the tribe, and he was easy to recognize because he wore a grand eagle-feather headdress, with each feather representing a special deed or brave action. Frequently, before battle or a hunt, the Chief would adorn his prize pony with eagle feathers that reflected power, prestige and accomplishments in the belief they strengthened its spirit. Spirit of the Chief imagines the personal spirit-horse of a great Chief.


Rockin Route 66

Artist: Sue Medaris

Route 66 stretched more than halfway across the United States, from Chicago to LA. For more than a half century, it seemed that every vacationing American family took a road trip along its route to see the wonderful and whacky roadside attractions that were designed to catch the eye of passing motorists. From motor courts and Indian curio shops to fancy filling stations, Route 66 had something for everyone. If you were hungry, you could eat at the world-famous Big Texan Steak Ranch (put away a 72-ounce steak dinner in one hour and your bill was paid for you) or the original Bob’s Big Boy eatery. Its days of glory now faded, the nostalgic attraction of the "Mother Road" lives on in songs like "Get Your Kicks On Route 66" and this Painted Pony titled, Rockin' Route 66!

25th Release - 2012 Fall ~ due in December, 2012.

El Dorado

Artist: Karlynn Keyes

There is a legendary story of a magnificent "Lost City of Gold" which has fascinated explorers since the quests of the Conquistadors. This legend lives on in El Dorado, an amazing Andalusian horse, finely decorated in gold from his mane to his gilded horseshoes! The sacred symbol of "El Corazon," or "the heart," may be found in the fine details of this stunning Spanish Painted Pony. Follow your heart to El Dorado...

Karlynn has also created: "Silverado", "Cowgirl Cadillac," "Arabian Nights," "King of Hearts" and "Big Ben."


Lovey Dovey

Artist: Leslie Gates

Lovey Dovey is an expression we associate with affection and sentimentality, so it is appropriate that this Appaloosa pony is red – a color traditionally associated with love and passion – that it is graced with two white doves – beautiful birds that mate for life, share the work of building a nest, sitting on the eggs and raising the offspring, which is why they are often released at weddings – and is embellished everywhere with fancifully rendered hearts.

Leslie Gates also created: "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips,' "Victorian Christmas," and "Peppermint Twist."

Trail of Tears

Artist: Vickie Knepper-Adrian

A dramatic and moving followup to the bestselling Wounded Knee, Trail of Tears respectfully remembers one of the saddest episodes in American and Native American history: the forced relocation of the Cherokee Indians from their Tribal Lands in Oklahoma during the brutal winter of 1838. This Painted Pony represents the struggle of the Cherokee people who were made to march more than a thousand miles under the worst possible conditions. There were many losses during this long march, it is said that a beautiful Cherokee Rose grew wherever a tear had fallen, in remembrance of those who were lost. Somehow the Cherokee managed to survive the cold and the snow, their dignity intact, in the belief there were better days to come.

Vickie also created: Wounded Knee & Warrior Brothers.

Western Charm

Artist: Lynn Bean

Take a bracelet adorned with sterling silver Western charms (a saddle, star, spur, horseshoe, cowboy boot and Conestoga wagon)... wrap it around a pretty Palomino horse that is dressed in the kind of scrolled and tooled leather you find on fancy chaps... then put a silver Longhorn steer medallion on the base... and what do you have? A designer showcase of a Painted Pony titled Western Charm.

Lynn also created: "Copper Enchantment," "Fetish Pony," "Bunkhouse Bronco," "Spirit of Freedom," and the current Holiday Pony, "Village Christmas Cookie." and more....

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