CrimsonLuna | The Trail of Painted Ponies | Series 12 The Trail of Painted Ponies
Series Twelve ~ Released Summer & Holiday 2008

This herd knocks it out of the park. Yep, it's that good, arguably the best since series two. The three talented newcomers add some much needed diversity and spice while the two veteran artists bring it home with big doses of outright genius. If I may, the only niggling issue I have is not with what is offered but what is not...where is Lori Musil? A Musil pony would have easily pushed this group to the best of the entire line. Don't pass up any of these ponies because no collection can be considered complete without them.

  • All ponies will have the artist's name stamped on the base. The Trail's designation is Inc.
  • All of these ponies will have their edition numbers as well as "Handcrafted in China" stamped on their base.
  • The copyright date is 2008.
  • These ponies will all come in a red box. A box change took place with this series as well. A picture of the pony and the story tag are printed on the short end side of all the boxes. This makes inventory control much easier.
  • I don't think any of these ponies were made into life-sized models.
  • For Spacious Skies, Bunkhouse Bronco, Wounded Knee, Rolling Thunder, Kachina, Let it Snow, Twas the Night Before Christmas and Wooden Toy Horse will all have ponies that are "remanufactured" by Enesco as well as their original Westland Giftware editions.


Stagecoach Pony Stagecoach Pony
Johanna Enriquez - Westland Giftware
Ceramic
Retired December 2009
Last Model # 2E/5913

A high gloss ceramic in the wonderful colors of the southwestern landscape. The soft, red toned hues blend perfectly with sand and orange as it flows down to the darker brown legs and hooves of this piece. An old west stagecoach with a full hitch of horses is featured on the side of the model in a subtle earth toned silhouette against the backdrop of a setting sun. The face is not detailed, reminiscent of Lightning Bolt colt. This design works perfectly with the running mold. The model presents with no problems. Display in indirect lighting to avoid glare but still bring out the colors of this pony.


For Spacious Skies For Spacious Skies
Janet Synder
Ceramic
Retired July 2011
Last Model # 3E/3271

For Spacious Skies marks the stunning debut of artist Janet Synder to the Trail line. This patriotic piece is detailed with images that symbolize our nation's deep sense of pride in our homeland. The red, white and blue color scheme offset by white stars works perfectly here from the star masked face, to the shoulder muscle depicting the raising of the American Flag at Iwo Jima with a landscape featuring the memorials of Lincoln and Washington. Mount Rushmore and Lady Liberty are featured on the flip side. The wrap around nature of the design is quite striking. The pony has four red socks and silver hooves. For Spacious Skies was the People's Choice Award Winner in the "America the Beautiful" competition. The model presents with no problems. A high gloss ceramic so handle and display with care under indirect lighting. If safety allows, FSS can also be used in a table top centerpiece for a 4th of July celebration.


Bunkhouse Bronco Bunkhouse Bronco
Lynn Bean
Resin
Retired July 2011
Last Model # 2E/8889

A unique pony, Bunkhouse is certainly appealing with his rough hewn, weathered board bunkhouse look and feel. The piece also features a prominent cow skull on the shoulder and coiled rope and horseshoe on the rump as well as a wagon wheel on the opposite rump. A cowboy hat perches just behind the ears with chaps trailing down the neck to the shoulder on the flip side. All done in weathered tans, browns, and grays this piece would at first appear drab but the careful blending of the different hues make this model a wondrous vision of color. Bunkhouse presents with no problems. Display under direct lighting to bring out those subtle blends of color.


Wounded Knee Wounded Knee
Vickie Knepper
Resin
Retired February 2012
Last Model # 7618

Another debut artist, Vickie Knepper joins the Trail with the brilliant Wounded Knee. A variant running mold was created just for this pony. The mane, forelock and tail have been enormously lengthened and textured then windswept, totally transforming the running into a haunted faltering step. Lovely shaded brown pony with a shiny black mane and tail as well as socks and hooves. A colorful striped blanket drapes the back extending down past the barrel. The model is clouded with snowflakes over much of it with the exception of the top of the legs and the lower face. The white base is textured to appear deep in snow. Wounded Knee was wildly popular at his debut and is still a highly sought after piece. The only minor problem with this model is the simulated snow, it can be messy and is somewhat sharp, oddly enough. Open the box with care and gently shake off any loose bits. Dust with feathers, not a swiffer and display under direct lighting to bring out the snow sparkle.


Rolling Thunder Rolling Thunder
Aloma Wolfington
Resin
Retired July 2011
Last Model # 2E/7033

A beautiful piece that marks the debut of Aloma Wolfington to the pony line. A flat blue pony featuring a detailed herd of buffalo thundering across a green, grassy plain appearing to leap right off the pony's side. The stark white, splintering lightning bolts are the eyecatcher on this model as they race across the neck and back and then down toward the fleeing buffalo. Look closely, interspersed among those bolts are images of buffalo. The mane top is a looming, off white sky. Incredibly detailed eyes stare intensely from the face. The base has a wood look with cactus and a cow skull between the horse's hooves. Though stunning, this piece is a bit of a disappointment. The flat blue is quite different from the Masterwork's bruised purple hued body. The piece presents with no known problems. Display under direct lighting.


Sundancer Sundancer
Joyce Kennedy
Resin
Retired December 2009
Last Model # 2E/5618

This is a striking piece, stark white pony with traditional sacred materials representing the Plains Indians Sun Dance featured on it. A soft yellow and black circular sun war bonnet design is draped across the lower neck and saddle area of the model. Super imposed on the grapic is a white buffalo skull. Colorful horse pictographs appear on the flank along with the red handprint sign of ownership. Tri-color eyes, noseband and feathers behind the ears complete the facial decorations. Each leg sports a leather boot with a turned down cuff and buttons, made of resin oddly enough. The hooves are a sky blue with small, indiscreet silver markings on them. Sundancer presents with no known problems. Displays best under bright lighting.


Kachina Pony Kachina Pony
Maria Ryan
Resin
Retired July 2011
Last Model # 3E/0120

Another Maria Ryan beauty, Kachina Pony is a flat black pony featuring wonderfully colorful kachina masks including a stylized "Sun Kachina" mask on the left and a "Messenger of the Gods" mask on the right. The geometric, sharp edges of the designs draw the eye to the blank eyes of each mask. The colors are signature Maria, bold, lively and vivid. A bright purple ribbon circles each mask, connected to a purple zigzag pattern climbing up the mane to the head. The face is marked with a fierce white blaze and muzzle. A bright red ribbon noseband has a beaded circle rein attached to it. The piece has four white socks and golden hooves. The base is black with a brightly colored kachina icon adorned with feathers resting between the pony's hooves. The pony presents with only a few minor problems. The beaded loop of rein as well as the feathers can come loose. This is easily fixed with a small dab of super glue. Display behind glass to protect those embellishments from playful paws and under direct lighting.


Runs the Bitterroot Runs The Bitterroot
Kevin Kilhoffer
Resin
Retired December 2009
Last Model # 2E/5537

Handsome Appaloosa piece with many unique features of the traditional ceremonial regalia. A deep red blanket drapes the back and is held in place by the high pommel and cantle in a dark gold. The neck and withers are adorned with a trailing blue and red sash that has a golden breast plate attached. The tail is tied with a blue thong and topped with a feather tied at the tail head. The flat blue face mask is the striking detail of this model. A symbol of a Warrior pony it is trimmed in red around the muzzle, gold around the eyes with golden embellishments. It actually encircles the face with a strap behind the ears to hold it on. Finishing off the costume are trailing chains from the mouth that are attached to a red leather looping rein. The pony itself is also quite unique in coloring, a splashy muted black and white Appaloosa with four black socks and hooves, black muzzle with a golden mane and tail. Appy folks please let me know if this coloring is authentic to the breed. The base is a textured corn gold with the famous quote of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe inscribed on it. Since the majority of the embellishments of this piece are resin it presents with few problems, maybe a broken rein or two. Display under direct lighting.


Let It Snow Let It Snow
Vickie Knepper
Resin
Retired November 2010
Last Model # 2E/2313

Cute pony celebrating those longed for snowy Christmas mornings complete with festive snowmen. Dark blue starry sky covers the head and back of the pony, lightning into a soft turquoise blue and finally sparkling white on the legs down to pretty blue hooves. The color scheme on this piece is beautiful and works so well with the raised green striped Christmas trees and scarf wearing snowmen. A snowy white mane tops the dark blue neck. The base is sparkling white and snow textured. The piece presents with no problems. Display under direct lighting to bring out that lovely snow. Let it Snow also makes a wonderful table top Yule display, especially coupled with Frosty.


Peppermint Twist Peppermint Twist
Leslie Gates
Resin
Retired December 2009
Last Model # 2E/1693

Sweet pony in more ways than one. Pretty sparkley white piece ingeniously adorned with dozens of red and white peppermint candy canes and swirls. The imaginative design leads the eye to trace the ribbon like curves of the candies as they flow over and around the model. One leg of the pony is completely wrapped in the colorful confection, offsetting the stance of the piece quite nicely. The face is just neat, with a swirled candy covering the eyes and a single wispy red ribbon tickling the nose. Look closely and you'll spot the barest hint of green complementing the red stripes. Peppermint Twist marks the debut of Leslie Gates to a regular herd of ponies, her previous pony being the Spring lead off for the Four Seasons line. This model presents with no problems. Display year round under nice lighting and in a cute table top display during the holidays.


Twas the Night Before Christmas Twas The Night Before Christmas
Johanna Enriquez - Westland Giftware
Resin
Retired November 2010
Last Model # 2E/5563

Charming piece that is a slight variant of the standing mold with textured, raised mane and forelock. Lovely dark blue night sky with a full moon, fluffy overhead clouds and twinkling stars set the backdrop for Santa's red sleigh and his reindeer as they leave the snowy ground and take to the sky. Beautiful textured evergreen trees ribboned with snow flank the sleigh on the rump and shoulder of the model. Snowy white mane, tail and whipped forelock finish off the design. The legs and hooves are black as is the base. Twas would have been much better suited on the running mold, giving Santa more room for his takeoff. The model presents with only a few problems, mostly that cute flippy forelock can chip off. Display under direct lighting.


Wooden Toy Horse Wooden Toy Horse
Johanna Enriquez - Westland Giftware
Resin
Retired November 2010
Last Model # 2E/2841

This is definitely a different pony. The body appears to be made of hand carved wood, setting up the backdrop to be Santa's workshop. Santa himself perches on the pony's rump reviewing his naughty or nice list. He is surrounded by toys from time past including a biplane, dolls, toy trains and cars. Carved green Christmas trees trail down the tail and legs to sandy brown hooves. A festive halter completes the piece. The base continues the wooden motif. The colors, though softly muted, really work on this piece and give it a feel of genuine nostalgia. Unfortunately not one of the more popular holiday ponies which is a shame. This piece is certainly worth that second look. No problems right out of the box. Display under direct lighting and away from the white models in order to avoid the color clash.


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