Appaloosa Horse Club and The Trail of Painted Ponies Partner On Art Competition

March 4th, 2013 9:45 AM | No Comments

Zip Me Impressive. Photo credit: Julie Kreider

 Zip Me Impressive

MOSCOW, Idaho - The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) is pleased to announce its partnership with The Trail of Painted Ponies in celebration of the ApHC’s 75th Anniversary. Artists and non-artists alike are encouraged to submit designs that embody the “Celebrating the Beauty and History of the Appaloosa Horse” theme for possible production into a world-renowned Trail of Painted Ponies figurine.
Designs will be accepted from March 1 to May 1, 2013. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: 1) Breed and 2) Native Heritage. The first place design in each category will be awarded a $500 cash prize. Second place will be awarded a $250 cash prize, and third will receive merchandise from The Trail of Painted Ponies and the ApHC. Submissions will not be returned.
Artists may select from five copyrighted and registered Painted Ponies forms on which to submit their design. There is no submission fee, and artists may submit multiple designs. Judging will be based on beauty, skill, creativity and originality, along with the concept and story of the design. The artist’s thoughts or story behind the design must be included.
The top designs received before April 1, 2013 will be featured on the Facebook pages of Trail of Painted Ponies and Appaloosa Horse Club.
“The Trail of Painted Ponies is proud to partner with the Appaloosa Horse Club to create this exciting new art competition which celebrates the beauty and history of the Appaloosa horse and the 75th anniversary of ApHC,” said Rod Barker, founder, The Trail of Painted Ponies. “This art competition will raise invaluable awareness of the great work of the Appaloosa Horse Club, while searching for the best new artistic talent in America. The winning Painted Pony from this competition may have the honor of being crafted as a collectible figurine from The Trail of Painted Ponies.”
Additional details are available at The Trail of Painted Ponies website: and the Appaloosa Horse Club website:

Appaloosa in Heritage Costume. Photo credit: Rita K. Nicholson

Zip Me Impressive, owned by Lauri & James Rylander, Sweetwater Farms. Photo credit: the Rylanders

About The Trail of Painted Ponies
The Trail of Painted Ponies is one of the premier fine art and collectibles companies in the world, crafting one of the most treasured collectibles in America, Painted Ponies figurines. Born and bred in Santa Fe, The Trail of Painted Ponies stampeded into the artistic landscape as a public art project that dazzled spectators throughout New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. The Trail of Painted Ponies is celebrating 10 years of horses in art and this extraordinary brand is synonymous with artistry, quality, craftsmanship and its philanthropic commitment.
About the Appaloosa Horse Club
The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) was established in 1938, with a mission of preserving, promoting and enhancing the Appaloosa breed. The ApHC has since registered nearly 700,000 Appaloosas, which are known for their distinctive color, intelligence and even temperament. True to their reputation as an extremely versatile breed, Appaloosas can be found in nearly every discipline including racing, endurance riding and serving as reliable family horses. The international breed registry is headquartered in Moscow, Idaho, the heart of the Palouse region—the Appaloosa breed’s namesake and point of origin.

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