AQHA and Trail of Painted Ponies Partner on Art Competition

AQHA and The Trail of Painted Ponies are partnering to hold an art competition celebrating the inspirational power of the American Quarter Horse.

Trail of Painted Ponies

The competition officially starts on September 1 and will run through November 30.

The American Quarter Horse Association and The Trail of Painted Ponies announce an art competition partnership in celebration of the inspirational power of the American Quarter Horse. Artists and non-artists alike are encouraged to submit designs that embody the “Beauty of the American Quarter Horse” for cash and merchandise prizes, along with the honor of being crafted as a collectible figurine from The Trail of Painted Ponies.

“The Trail of Painted Ponies is especially proud to be able to work with the AQHA on this art competition,” said Founder and CEO Rod Barker. “The American Quarter Horse is known as ‘America’s Horse.’ Painted Pony figurines are the most popular horse collectible in America. It’s a natural fit. This competition will raise awareness about this outstanding breed and the organization that is dedicated to supporting it, while giving the best artistic talent in the country the opportunity to creatively express its admiration for the breed. The results will give people a whole new way of seeing and appreciating the American Quarter Horse.”

The competition officially starts on September 1 and will run through November 30. Designs must be submitted on the American Quarter Horse form of The Trail of Painted Ponies, which can be downloaded at

There is no submission fee, and artists can submit multiple designs. A total of 15 finalists will be selected by a jury and will be judged based on beauty, skill, creativity and originality, along with the concept and story behind the design. America will then be given the opportunity to vote online for its favorite.

Additional details are available at and

About The Trail of Painted Ponies
Born and bred in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Trail of Painted Ponies stampeded into the artistic landscape as a public art project in 2001 when artists around the country were invited to celebrate the horse-in-art by imaginatively transforming life-size resin horses into original works of art that were auctioned to raise money for a variety of philanthropic organizations. So dazzling was the artwork that The Trail went on to become one of the country’s premier art and collectible companies, crafting the most imaginative designs into bestselling collectible miniature figurines. The Trail has been credited with giving birth to a whole new art form called “Pony Expressionism.”