American Quarter Horse Art Competition Winners Announced

AQHA and the Trail of Painted Ponies award the top three winners of the Trail of Painted Ponies art contest.

The Trail of Painted Ponies

The contest was opened in September 2016 in celebration of the inspirational power of the American Quarter Horse.

The American Quarter Horse Association and The Trail of Painted Ponies have placed the entries in the Trail of Painted Ponies Art Contest.

The top three winners and honorable mention are:

First: Beaded Fire by Sarah Geis

Second: Made of Fire by Caitlin Dahl

Third: Lasting Impression by Amber Stirling

Honorable Mention: American Quarter Horse by Brigid Cain 

The contest was opened in September 2016 in celebration of the inspirational power of the American Quarter Horse. Artists and non-artists alike were 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.

Many outstanding design submissions were received, featuring a variety of different themes and stories. The competition ended on November 30, and in December 2016, the top 16 designs were featured in online voting on The Trail of Painted Ponies official website that resulted in thousands of votes being cast.

Additional details are available at www.paintedponies.com

About AQHA
AQHA, located in Amarillo, is the world’s largest equine breed registry and membership organization. The American Quarter Horse got its name from quarter-mile races held by early settlers, and has recorded speeds of up to 50 mph. The American Quarter Horse is a versatile breed, excelling at recreational trail riding, herding cattle and rodeo competitions. For more information on AQHA, visit www.aqha.com.

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 and sold 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.” For more information on The Trail of Painted Ponies, visit www.paintedponies.com.