CrimsonLuna | The Trail of Painted Ponies | Series 16
The Trail of Painted Ponies
Series Sixteen ~ Released Summer 2010
Herd 16 marks yet another change in the distribution of ponies. Starting with this herd all regular Trail of Painted Ponies figurines will be released in
herds of four. There will be four new herds per year, plus four Christmas ponies. This does not include any of the Speciality, Celebrity, Celebration
Minis or Happy Trails collections that are released throughout the year.
This herd came out with little fanfare despite the debut of two terrific new artists, Jesse Leach and Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor. I suspect the timing
was off for this release, coming too soon on the heels of the last herd which is a shame because three of the four of these ponies are truly wonderful. This
herd includes a mysteriously patterned mare, a noble brave and a heavenly being that is out of this world. And a spectacularly tacky piece thrown in for
some reason. All four pieces are resin, no ceramics in this bunch. We've got a running, a walking and two rearing molds.
- All of these figurines will have a brass name plate on the front of the base.
- 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 Enesco logo is stamped on as well.
- The copyright date is 2010.
- These ponies will all come in a crimson box with a picture of the pony on the front and a write-up by the Trail on the back.
- None of these ponies have been made into life size models.
- All of these ponies are still in production.
Retired July 2012
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Jesse Leach's Zuni Mare is a beautifully detailed, raised resin pony on the running mold. This pony has it all. The intricate Zuni patterns of white
and black lines rest on the authentic reddish coloring of the model. The dominant side features a large circular pattern on the barrel that is flanked by
teardrop shaped patterns on the withers and rump. The neck is patterned with stark straight lined patterns while the two front side legs feature body
shaping details on both. The back side has the same shapes in each position however the designs are quite different and unique. The mane, tail and forelock
are all flat black. The face of this piece is quite striking with oblong shapes around the eyes that are then stretched to include an upended rectangle
below each eye. Again, the shapes are the same but the patterns are different. All four hooves are black with raised white dots circling the ankle of each
leg. The top of the base is black while the edges are all marked with the thin Zuni patterned lines and shapes. The brass nameplate is in place. There are
no known problems with this piece. Zuni Mare displays easily and is quite versatile. Looks quite nice under curio lights or in a table top setting. Or on
my fireplace mantle. This pony should be a staple in every herd.
Well done, Jesse.
Retired July 2012
Last Model #
This piece merits that second glance if only because it's so unique. The pony is a Western Plains Indian Warrior horse and is dressed and painted for war.
The base color of the model is a beautiful golden brown, almost a palomino coloring. The shading on this pony is remarkable. It is done on the walking mold
which suits this design nicely. All of the embellishments are done in raised resin with a few exceptions that will be noted. The saddle blanket is a light
cream color with fringe and darker "saddle" that features black hand stitching as well as a girth strap. The dominant side has the power symbols of the
eagle and buffalo on the blanket as well as a small symbol above the eagle that I'm not sure of. Dangling from the bottom front corner of the blanket are
black strips of cord. The side of the face, neck and withers have raised light blue dots that travel down the pony ending next to a yellow circle outlined
in red. Extending from the circle is a jagged red line that is outlined with yellow on both sides. This line travels down to the pony's knee. The rump
has raised yellow dots that extend down to the back knee. The back side of the model is nearly identical with the blue dots on the face, neck and withers
along with the sun symbol that trails down to the knee. The rump has the raised yellow dots. The difference are the power symbols on the blanket. This
side has a pinwheel icon on the bottom rear corner and what appear to be horse shoes in the front corner. The black strips of cord hang from the front
corner here as well. All four legs as well as the underside of the belly and chest are an off white color. The legs are stippled in spots with a color that
matches the body of the pony. The hooves are all solid cream colored. The mane and tail are both white with heavy dark cream shading. The tail is bobbed
and has a light blue resin formed ribbon tied around the bottom. The forelock is dark cream while the face is cream with a lighter colored blaze that runs
from between the eyes and down to and over the muzzle. The eyes are bicolor and are surrounded with stark white that is then circled in red. Red lines
connect the eye circles across the forehead and down the front of the face. A cream spot is situated between the eyes. A single feather is attached between
the ears. A single leather thong is attached at the side of the mouth and extends down to the base. The cord has a blue mark on it as well as black cords
tied to it and hanging down from the middle of it. The base of the model is black with no embellishments. The brass nameplate is in it's place on the front.
This piece presents with few problems, mostly missing feathers or a detached leather thong. Both are easily repaired with a dab of super glue. Little Brave
is a beautiful pony that displays well either lighted or unlighted.
TOPP - Karlynn Keyes & Bryn Wilkins Lawson
Still in Production
This piece is tacky to the max. Having said that I must also say that I completely understand the target audience for Cowgirl Cadillac and those
collectors are in the enviable position of having parents and or grandparents that will purchase this model for them. The base color of this rearing pony is
palomino with the classic golden body, four white legs, white mane, tail, forelock and prominent white facial blaze and muzzle. Think Roy Rogers's horse
Trigger and you're there. Most of the embellishments are made of raised and sculpted resin unless otherwise noted.
The saddle is a darker buckskin color with pink trim around the stirrups, fenders, back and front housing. The pink trim has
raised red dots evenly placed all around each piece. The stirrups each have pink hearts on them with front and backwards facing CC's on them along with
a small pink flower with a tiny red jewel in the center. The fenders and housing of the saddle also have pink flowers with the tiny, gaudy red jewel in
the center. The saddle seat is solid pink with the pink heart CC insignia right in the middle. The pommel is oddly shaped of raised resin and colored
the dark brown with pink and gold trim. The top of the horn is an inset red jewel. Saddlebags are attached to each back housing and are pink with darker
pink trim and, of course, the CC insignia is on each one along with the pink flower. White ribbons are attached to the front housing and saddlebags,
extending down nearly 2 inches. The saddle blanket is pink with a white ruffled trim. The breast collar is an off mauve color and has the CC heart
insignia resting on the chest. The bridle is thin sculpted pink resin wth raised red dots. The reins are made of pink braided cord. Pink ribbons are
attached at the head stall and dangle down from the sides. The eyes are dark, one color. The white blaze extends up between the ears. The white mane is
sculpted and brushed resin with pink flowers scattered through it. The white tail also has resin pink flowers sculpted on it. As mentioned the legs are
plain white with white hooves and red shoes. The base is pink with a raised white design outlining the edges. "Ride On!" in white raised resin is on the
top of the base under the rearing hooves. The outer edges of the base have raised pink resin flowers with red jewels inset in the middle as well as red
jewels inset in the base itself. The brass nameplate is in place. Dust with care, those flower jewels will come out. I have no recommendations for
Still in Production
An enchanting debut pony from Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor. A lovely piece on the rearing mold with a beautiful dark blue luminous base color. The front
side has a raised resin, sculpted Pegasus that dominates the entire model. The Pegasus is a smokey white with distinct points of shading. The details are
brilliant, especially the feathering of the wings and tail. Pegasus mirrors Celestial as a rearing form with the tucked front legs and arched neck. The
eyes are stark bicolor. All of the hooves are gray. The only flaw on this piece is the back legs of Pegasus. They are awkwardly placed under the back
legs of Celestial and appear a bit misshapen. The tail flows beautifully down the back flank. The second Pegasus on the back side is smaller and rests
entirely on the side of the model. It is identical in coloring and shading. The detailing on the wings is not as pronounced but it is still an ethereal
depiction of the mythical Pegasus. The entire body, including the mane and tail, of the pony are scattered with golden stars of several different sizes
and detailing. One thin cresent moon appears on the neck of the off side of the piece and is golden, like the stars. The head and face of Celestial is
colored exactly like the body with bicolored eyes. Interestingly, this technique works for this piece and is quite striking. All four hooves are golden.
The base is dark blue but a tiny bit lighter than the model. Golden stars are scattered on the base top. The edges of the base is detailed with golden
dots evenly spaced all around the edge. The brass nameplate is in place. Celestial displays best under direct lighting but looks good in just about any
setting. This model is a must have for any collection.
Beautiful pony, Jen.
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