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Store & Country Exclusives

The specialty and exclusive release ponies are authentic ponies, however they are not released in a herd or collection. They are actually commissioned by a business and that business has control over the sale of the pony exclusively through them and/or their chosen vendors. Two of the ponies are also country exclusive releases meaning they were initially only available in that country as well. These specialty ponies can be difficult to find and even more difficult to obtain information about.

  • All ponies will have the artist's name stamped on the base. The Trail's designation is Inc.
  • The sponsor may or may not be stamped on the base.
  • All of these ponies will have their edition numbers as well as "Handcrafted in China" stamped on their base.
  • These ponies will all come in a red box.
  • Phoenix Pony and High Desert Horse Feathers are, I believe, the only specialty ponies that have been produced in life size.


High Desert Horse Feathers
High Desert Horse Feathers
High Desert Horse Feathers - 2004
Kathy Morrow
*Sponsor: High Desert State Bank of New Mexico
Resin
Retired July 2008
Last Model # 1E/5016
1,500 pieces in the first production run of 1st editions

The first exclusive release of the line, High Desert is a warm brown Appaloosa that features a large feather that stretches from high on the withers to the rump of the model on either side. Each feather is adorned with four galloping ponies in the colors of mankind; white, red, black and yellow. Black and white flecks seem to rain down the hindquarters of the piece. A twin set of eagle feathers rest behind the ears and between the eyes on the forelock. The eyes are detailed though not tri-colored, the muzzle is frosty white. The tail is black with an overspray of white on the outer edge that feathers to the sides. An interesting aspect to this pony. The hooves are lightly striped. The base is the same warm brown as the pony and sports two large feathers between the hooves as well as a circular insignia inset in the front right corner. This model was never wildly popular only because of it's limited availability and virtually non-existant advertising. Most collectors had no idea it even existed for quite some time after it's release. It presents with no known problems. Display under direct lighting.

All of these ponies are manufactured by Westland Giftware.

*It should be noted that Ken and Barbara Hummel state that they were the sponsors of this pony. High Desert State Bank is stamped on the bottom as the official sponsor. This is the only exclusive/specialty pony that has a sponsor on the base.


Phoenix Pony
Phoenix Pony
Phoenix Pony - 2005
Wendy Wells-Bailey
Sponsor: The Delstar Group
Resin
Retired February 2012
Last Model #
3,500 pieces in the first production run of 1st editions

A unique mold was created especially for this exclusive release pony, that is a variation of the classic running mold. Phoenix is definitely a dramatic and imaginative pieced to be sure. An unusual high gloss on a resin with black being the base color. Elaborate swirls of multi-colored plummage flows from the face, down the body and to the tail. The sculpted ribbons are edged in a golden color. The mane is made entirely of raised resin that stands up like the feathers of an elaborate bird. The tail is fashioned in the same manner and is surprisingly short, in somewhat of an odd bobbed design. Dramatic splashes of golden flames trail down the legs to black hooves. Okay that face...yes, it's different and very distinct. The masking over the ears and down the sides of the face by the ribbons of color is quite lovely however the eyes ruin that affect. The eyes are large and slant almost straight down giving the model a shocked or fierce look that is not attractive. The addition of the white around the black iris of the eyes simply adds to the overall alarming look. The base is black with a gold toned name plate attached to the front. This is a love/hate piece with sides clearly drawn for most collectors. Phoenix is another piece that was not properly promoted so many buyers may not even be aware of it's presence in the line. The model presents with no known issues. Displays best under indirect lighting because of the high gloss of the resin.

All of these ponies are manufactured by Westland Giftware.


Run for the Roses
Run for the Roses
Run For The Roses - 2007
Janee Hughes
Exclusive to Dillard's Department Stores
Ceramic
Retired March 2010
Last Model # 2E/3525
2,500 pieces in the first production run of 1st editions

Roses is the first of the Dillard's exclusives. A pretty brown pony with lovely pink roses scattered down the neck. The sides and rump of the pony features a lineup of beautifully detailed racehorses and colorfully clad jockeys. The sides are identical. A perfect design for the running mold. The piece is quite similar to Fantastic Fillies and is done by the same artist. The mane, forelock and tail are black as well as the muzzle. The face features a bold blaze. The legs and hooves are black and rest on a black base. The entire piece is a high gloss ceramic. As with most ceramics Roses presents with no problems. Display under indirect lighting to avoid glare.

All of these ponies are manufactured by Westland Giftware.


Maple Leaf Pony
Maple Leaf Pony
Maple Leaf Pony - 2007
Jennifer Kessler
Sponsor: Equi-Line Plus of Canada
Resin
Retired March 2010
Last Model # 1E/4224
3,000 pieces in the first production run of 1st editions

Maple Leaf is an intriguing model that is the first country exclusive, that being Canada. A textured matte black resin piece adorned with fourteen flame red colored maple leaves. The leaves are textured as well and wonderfully detailed. The fourteen leaves signify the ten provinces and three territories of Canada. The large leaf draped over the back is the unifying piece. The face of the model is masked in one leaf, an interesting touch. The eyes are detailed and the mane and forelock are in the flame red of the leaves. The tail is black, the hooves are partially banded in a brownish red color. The base is black with a map of Canada spread between the pony's hooves. Beyond it's initial release the piece has never been that popular, most likely due to it's cost which is significantly more than most in production ponies. Maple presents with no known issues. Display under direct lighting to bring out the subtle nuances of the textured leaves.

All of these ponies are manufactured by Westland Giftware.

It should be noted that the second run of first editions, starting with number 1E/3001, have a red maple leaf sticker on the bottom of the base.

Click here for the official Canadian vendor, Equi-Line Plus Painted Ponies.Ca of Maple Leaf Pony. International shipping can be expensive so check US vendors as well.


Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits - 2008
Debbie Hughbanks
Exclusive to Dillard's Department Stores
Ceramic
Retired February 2010
Last Model # 1E/6000

A high gloss ceramic on the walking mold that has a lot going on which, unfortunately detracts a bit from the piece. The message of the pony is quite moving, a horse surrounded by peaceful animal friends. However, the imagery appears choppy with very little flowing movement to it. The rump and sides of the piece feature a herd of buffalo on a barren plain stretching to a pale blue sky. The neck has a large wolf head tucked beneath a black fringed mane. The planted front leg has a sockeye salmon wrapped around it, that is it's tail fanned between the hoof and knee. The back leg is light brown. The back side is even more choppy with a bald eagle's head and neck on the shoulder of the model that has a flowing yellow ribbon extending from the eagle's eye to the rump and down the back leg of the pony. A pair of bears in a field of green rest on the side. A crouching rodent is on the back rear leg. The raised right leg features salmon jumping. The short, fringed mane is black as is most of the tail. The top of the tail is a light sky blue with a jagged bottom that leads to the black. The hooves are all black. The head is a beautiful chocolate brown with a large, cream colored blaze with a draping black forelock. The eyes are a deep inset black with just the tiniest pinpoint. The front side eye has a pronounced and quite large white circle surrounding it. The base is glossy black. The pony presents with a rather bizarre issue, the eye circle will sometimes appear to have drooped down the side of the face. This is a factory decaling error. Display under indirect lighting.

All of these ponies are manufactured by Westland Giftware.


Reflections of Australia
Reflections of Australia
Reflections of Australia - 2008
Emma Robinson
Sponsor: TOPP AU
Ceramic
Retired February 2010
Last Model # 1E/2484

Reflections is the second in the country exclusives, this one to Australia. It is a high gloss ceramic on the running mold. The symbolic artwork of the Aboriginal Australian cover the pony. The face is circled and rimmed with dots along the muzzle in a black, white and red pattern. The neck exhibits more of the red symbolic circles that stretch below the Australian flag that rests on the withers. Handprints and boomerangs are placed along the barrel along with a stylized drawing of a kangaroo in an array of sunset colors. All four legs are sketched with more of the traditional white lines and dots imposed over russet browns, golds and blacks. Look closely as the tail and you'll discover a crocodile balanced amid the dots and lines on each side. The mane is a night sky blue dotted with stars. The eyes are inset white dots. The base is glossy brown on top with black sides. This piece was even less popular than Maple Leaf Pony, again more than likely due to it's prohibitive cost. Reflections of Australia presents with no known issues. Displays best under indirect lighting to avoid any glare.

All of these ponies are manufactured by Westland Giftware.


Grand Prix
Grand Prix
Grand Prix - 2009
Janee Hughes
Exclusive to Dillard's Department Stores
Ceramic
Retired February 2010
Last Model # 1E/3000

A variant of the running mold shaped to appear more like a typical fox hunter which are usually a cross between a draft and a thoroughbred. The base coloring of the model is a lovely shaded gray in a high gloss finish. A sculpted, slightly raised, red sash trimmed in blue is looped around the model's neck with a rosette on the chest. The ends of the sash trails across the front shoulder and is also raised ceramic. An intricate hunt scene is depicted on both sides complete with fox hunters, riders in colorful jackets and a pack of fox hounds seemingly in full cry. The black mane and forelock are braided and textured. The face is the same uniform gray with a slighter darker muzzle. The eyes are bicolor. The swished tail is a deep shaded gray as are the legs. The hooves are all black. The base is dark blue with a red edge. The design of the piece is quite beautiful however the model itself is awkward. The arched neck is too thick and the head appears too small for the body. Grand Prix is not popular among collectors. No known problems, display under indirect lighting to avoid glare.

All of these ponies are manufactured by Westland Giftware.


Festival of Champions
Festival of Champions
Festival of Champions - 2010
Janee Hughes
Exclusive to Dillard's Department Stores
Ceramic
Retired February 2012
Last Model # 1E/3032

Festival of Champions is a high gloss ceramic on the running mold. The predominant base coat color is a white with a fade to blue gray. The head is white washed blue with faint white stars. The eyes are gray patches and the muzzle is a darker gray. The neck and shoulders are a uniform royal blue with scattered stars. The field of blue ends in a sharp line from which flow red and white stripes across the barrel to the rump. The front side depicts a jumper and rider on the neck, a dressage performer on the side and a reining horse and cowboy on the rear flank. The back side features a hunter with rider on the neck, a horse and buggy on the side and an English rider on the rump. The mane and tail are feathered blue and white. The legs are the light blue gray and the hooves are all gray. The base is glossy black with a brass nameplate on the front. Festival presents with no issues. Display under indirect lighting.

All of these ponies are manufactured by Enesco.


The Magical Swan
The Magical Swan
The Magical Swan
Maria Ryan
Non-exclusive to Dillard's Department Stores
Resin
Still in Production

The Magical Swan started it's run as a Dillard's exclusive but almost immediately the store announced they would no longer carry the Trail of Painted Ponies. So, the leftovers wound up in the Fall 2011, Series 22 release. This piece is such a deviation from Maria Ryan's usual lovely work. The base color of this running mold pony is a metallic silver with a somewhat flat finish. Silver, glittery stars are scattered along the neck, chest and rump. A large white/silvery gray swan of raised resin rests on the side and lower neck. The wing feathers are etched and detailed as are the tail feathers. The top of the wings spread across the back nearly to the spine on each side. The curving neck flows with the neck of the pony with the head of the swan sitting midway. The black facial mask and orange beak of the bird are stark and ugly. The back side of the pony is exactly like the front. The mail and tail are plain silver as are the legs and hooves. The face is white with tricolored eyes, black nostrils, slightly pink muzzle and a glittery star in the middle of the forehead. The base is white textured resin to appear like snow. It is rough finished with dripping sides along the edges of the base with the brass nameplate in front. Oddly enough, an oval mirror is inset in the middle of the base directly under the pony. Issues will be missing or badly applied glitter. Display Swan under indirect lighting to avoid a harsh glare off of the silver base coat.

All of these ponies are manufactured by Enesco.


Standing on Guard
Standing on Guard
Standing on Guard
Royal Canadian Mounted Police & Fabienne Leydecker
Specialty Release
Resin
Still in Production

Standing on Guard is a beautiful piece on a slight variant of the original standing mold. This model harks back to the quiet dignity of Epic and Fallen Heroes Memorial Pony. The pony is the traditional rich black of the horses in the RCMP. The saddle and pad are sculpted resin with incredible detail on both. The saddle is a warm brown with black strapping and silvery resin stirrups. The saddle pad is navy blue edged in a golden yellow with the crown and MP seal on both sides of the back points. The breastplate is black with silver colored buckles and a golden crown on the breast buckle. The bridle is sculpted black resin, white browband and silver buckles on the head of the pony with a pair of real leather reins sporting tiny silver buckles encircling the neck. The lead rope is a finely woven cord attached under the chin, looped around the neck and gathered by the traditional noose knot. The mane is slightly feathered and short. The base is black with a Canadian flag as well as crossed riding crops with red and white thongs resting between the hooves. The brass nameplate is in place on the front of the base. SOG presents with no known issues and displays well in any lighting and with any pony companions.

All of these ponies are manufactured by Enesco.


American Spirit
American Spirit
American Spirit - 2010
Alanna Donohue
Exclusive to Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede
Resin
Retired July 2012
Last Model #

American Spirit is a dapple gray on the rearing form. The base coat is a softly shaded gray with uniformly round white spots scattered across the body. The back side has a small outline of a butterfly on the shoulder. The head is a darker gray with black shading around the bi-colored eyes and a black muzzle. The mane and tail are black. The legs are banded black at the knees with white socks. The two rearing hooves are black with silver horseshoes. Of the planted hooves one is black the other is pink. The tack on this piece is gorgeously detailed. The saddle is black textured resin with silver embellishments, scroll work and conchos. The silver stitching on the saddle fenders is quite nice. The girth straps are black with white resin webbing on the underside. The breastplate is a true work of art of black resin with ornate silver scroll work and stitching. An elaborately silvered crupper extends from the saddle's rear housing with a discreet black loop around the tail head. The black resin bridle sports wide cheek straps and an even wider frentera that is wonderfully embellished with silver like conchos. The reins are single pieces of finely webbed black cord that thread through an inset steel ring on the pommel, just below the silver concho horn. The saddle blanket has the American flag colors with the front side being dark blue with silver stars flowing to a red and white tail that extends down the rump. The back side has the red and white gathered material on the front withers and the blue and silver blanket on the rump. Twin golden resin tassles dangle from the back corners of the blanket. The only less than classy aspect to this pony is the colorful Dixie Stampede flag that is threaded through a silver ring on the back side girth and then inset into the base. The flag is made of a stiff felt with gold tassles at the top and bottom. The base is edged in a tan, wood look box that is filled with textured sand colored resin. "Dixie Stampede" is etched in the resin. The brass nameplate is on the front. American Spirit presents with few problems, mostly that flag and it's delicate wooden dowel, but also a few reins have been reported as being pulled from their inset hole at the bridle. This is an easy repair with a dab of super glue. Displays best under direct lighting.

All of these ponies are manufactured by Enesco.


Big Ben
Big Ben
Big Ben - 2011
TOPP - Karlynn Keyes & Valor Lee
Specialty Release
Resin
Still in Production

Big Ben is a slight variant of the walking mold. The base color is a warm brown with beautiful shades of toffee. The face has a bold blaze that covers most of the nose as well. The eyes are a single color, black. The legs are a uniform tapering to black banding at the knees ending in four crisp, white socks. All of the hooves are taupe. The tail is long, full and flowing, reaching all the way to the base with a slight swish at the end. In place of a mane are alternating red, white and blue knots set on a black resin strip, there is no forelock. The model's tack is wonderfully detailed with one glaring issue, the saddle pad is way too big. The English saddle is raised black resin with no notable features. The stirrups are sculpted, silver colored resin. And then we have that huge saddle pad in the colors of the Union Jack. It is contoured to the shape of the saddle but hangs out everywhere. The black bridle has the common, double cheek straps with silver buckles, a red and black brow and nose band. The double set of reins are made of a finely woven black cord. The base is again in the colors of the British flag with the brass nameplate on the front. Big Ben presents with no known problems. Display under direct lighting to bring out those gorgeous warm tones.

It should be noted that Canadian collectors were a bit put out with the name of this piece. Big Ben was, and remains to this day, a beloved Canadian show jumping champion and national treasure so clearly this model, who is supposed to represent Great Britain, would have been better suited with another name.

All of these ponies are manufactured by Enesco.


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