CrimsonLuna | The Trail of Painted Ponies | Series 23 The Trail of Painted Ponies
Series Twenty Three ~ Released Winter 2012

The Winter 2012 ponies came out to very little fanfare, a quiet release if you will. There are a couple of newcomer artists, always nice to see, but even better this group marks the return of Fabienne Leydecker with what is clearly the front runner in this herd. As an added bonus, the Trail finally saw fit to release a couple of Native American pieces with a Freedom pony tossed in to boot. Rounding out the quartet is that hugely disappointing sea horse. With two rearing, one walking and one standing form it's a versatile herd at least. All are resin.

  • 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 Thailand" stamped on their base.
  • The Enesco logo is stamped on as well.
  • The copyright date is 2011.
  • 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.


A Gift From the Sea
A Gift From the Sea
A Gift From the Sea
Kim McElroy
Resin
Still in Production

Gift is a huge, heavy piece that did not make the transition well at all from the artist's print work into a pony figurine. The model is a huge variant of the rearing form with a base color of pearly white. The entire rear end of the piece is a huge hunk of resin that is supposed to represent sea foam. The front side has the sculpted image of a single horse head in the wave that rides the flank of the pony. The scooped out underside of the wave is colored aquamarine blue as is the rear wave of resin. The flip side has another sculpted resin horse head that has ridden the wave past it's crest to the lowering curve. The view from the rear of this piece is terrible, closely resembling an unfinished hunk of white concrete. The rearing hooves have dabs of seafoam on the fetlocks. Both mane and forelock are rough finished waves. The eyes are tricolor with faint shades of aquamarine blue surrounding the eyes. The base is white and is mostly covered with rough resin foam. The brass nameplate is on the front. Gift presents with the problem of chipped or broken off pieces of resin, particularly the ears of the horse heads in the waves. It looks well under direct lighting.

It should be noted that due to the weight of Gift from the Sea, well over 3 pounds, it should not be placed on shelves that are over other pieces. I suspect if this piece were to fall through a shelf it would take out the entire cabinet. I have placed my personal model on the very bottom wooden shelf of my curio cabinet.


Sacred Paint
Sacred Paint
Sacred Paint
Gary Montgomery
Resin
Still in production

Sacred Paint is a striking design on the walking form. The base coat color is a lovely rusty sorrell with ivory colored etched and raised resin features. The front side has feathers overlaying most of the mane, an image of the artist's Grandfather wearing a buffalo headdress on the shoulder with another male image wearing a wolf headdress dirctly behind it. Most of the barrel features a detailed wolf head with it's snout poked in a buffalo head. The flip side has three eagle heads resting on the neck and withers. The wolf and buffalo head design again rest on the barrel and rump. The tail has a detailed feather in the middle of the downswing on both sides. Sacred's face is quite interesting with a bold blaze that is actually etched on it's outline. The eyes are inset, bicolor and darkly shaded around the outside. The muzzle shows faint graying on the white with pink nostrils. The raised front leg and front side back leg wear high, white stockings. The other two legs sports white socks. The base is flat black with a beautiful sorrel and cream feather placed in the middle between the hooves. The brass nameplate is in place. Sacred Paint presents with no problems. Display this piece under direct lighting.


Spirit of Freedom
Spirit of Freedom
Spirit of Freedom
Lynn Bean
Resin
Still in Production

Spirit of Freedom is a bold patriotic pony on the rearing form. Those familiar with Lynn Bean's embellished ponies will recognize the shape and design of the feathers on this piece. Both sides are the same for the most part, with perhaps a bit of shifting here and there. The base coat of the pony is a lovey blue gray with wonderful shading of the musculature. The piece features both raised and etched resin in the colors of the American flag with a bit of brown and cream as well. Red streamers flutter from the corners of the eye down the neck and body. The fierce head of an eagle rests on the withers with a detailed wing span flowing down the body. Lynn's distinct feathers drift down the back and flanks in a blend of tan, cream, red, white and blue. Both the mane and tail are patterned with feathers of varying sizes. The head sports a blue brow band with a red star in the center that is flanked by smaller white stars. The ears are solid blue. The muzzle is a dark gray with feathering. Spirit's eyes tri-colored with a large blue iris and coal blank outlining. All four sports red stripes from the knee to the dark blue hoof. Each hoof has etched, white stars. The base is white with a thin red border line and blue edges. A five pointed star with a blue starred field as well as red stripes sits under the rearing hooves. Flowing from the star are three red, white and blue feathers along with two blue starred streamers. The brass nameplate is in place. Spirit of Freedom presents with absolutely no problems. Display this piece under indirect lighting. It would also look lovely in a Fourth of July table display.


Stands in Beauty
Stands in Beauty
Stands in Beauty
Fabienne Leydecker
Resin
Still in Production

Stands in Beauty is a quietly dignified lady on the classic standing form. The base coat is a semi-gloss black. All of the embellishments are raised resin with one exception. The sides are the same. The face of the pony is piebald with no discernable eye coloring. The hackamore is resin for the nose and neck loops with woven rope reins the are inset under the chin and also inset at the shoulder. A single black and white resin feather hangs from the front inset just under the chin. A lovely multicolored, fringed breastplate encircles the neck. The plate has wonderful designs etched into it, including chevrons and circles as well as hash marks grouped like flowers. The distinctly feminine saddle blanket is vertically striped in a subtle, alternating shades of taupe, green, red and blue. The under blanket is a darker taupe with a tan girth. The back piece is somewhat like a modified crupper in that it is attached on either side of the back of the saddle blanket and loops under the tail. It is trimmed in designs like the breastplate but on a larger scale. The solid colored fringe extends down the entire flank of the pony. The detail work on Stands in incredible and something we've not seen from the Trail in quite a while. The mane and tail black feathered. She has four crisp, white socks and uniform black hooves. The green base is roughly textured and detailed to be grasslike. Scattered about it are tiny white flowers with larger clumps of yellow ones. The edges of the base has evenly spaced raised white dots. The brass nameplate is in place. Stands in Beauty presents with only one known issue and that's the dangling feather at the chin. Occasionally one will be broken off. This pony displays well under indirect lighting.

Nicely done, Fab.


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