CrimsonLuna | The Trail of Painted Ponies | Series 4
The Trail of Painted Ponies
Series Four ~ Released Summer & Holiday 2004
The fourth herd galloped onto the scene sporting something new, the beginning of the Christmas ponies. The regular ponies of this herd are somewhat ho-hum
with the notable exceptions of Star York's Medicine Horse and the Children's Prayer Pony. The former is a stunner whether you like the Native American
ponies or not and the latter has across the board appeal because of the touching theme. The Christmas offerings were popular right from the start and
remain so, including Golden Girl, which is a love or hate piece.
- All ponies will have the item number and pony's name stamped on the bottom of the base.
- For the first time the artist's name appears on the base.
- TOPP was not yet incorporated so they are labeled as an LLC on the base.
- The only two ponies that have handwritten edition numbers are Wilderness Roundup and Grandfather's Journey.
- All of the other ponies have their edition numbers stamped on.
- Another important change is to the terminology on the base, it changes from "Made in China" to "Handcrafted in China". This is a permanent change.
- The copyright date is 2004.
- Series four ponies that were manufactured and released before or sometime during 2005 should be in a black box IF the box
is the original that the pony was sold in.
- I have confirmed that all of these ponies, except Christmas Clydesdale and Golden Girl, were made into life-sized models.
- Children's Prayer Pony, now retired, will have some editions that are "remanufactured" by Enesco.
- Each pony in this series has now been retired
Earth, Wind and Fire
Retired January 2007
Last Model # 4E/1710
Interesting use of bold color on this piece. One side displays a Plains Indian warrior, the other a peaceful Pueblo scene. Look closely and you'll
spot a bear and an eagle too. The scheme of the entire model is more geometric than flowing which contrasts with the mold making for an awkward
presentation, in my opinion. Differing opinions are always welcome, just email me. EWF has never been popular and has actually decreased in value
since it's retirement. The model presents with no problems. Display under lighting to bring out the colors.
Star Liana York
Retired February 2011
Last Model # 11E/8675
Stunning model, one of the most intricate ever released. Unique metalic body coloring that while not matte is not a glossy either, more a
luminous finish. Authentic tools of a Plains Indian ceremonial horse including shields, a lance, a bow & a pipe as well as an assorted amulets and talismans.
The black socks, mane and tail of the piece are in stark contrast to the body and very eye-catching. Minimal red markings on the face add to the intricate
beauty of Medicine Horse. Feathers are nicely placed. And oh those feathers, those are the weakness of the model unfortunately. They tend to come
loose or off at will, but are easily reattached. Remove this model carefully from the styrofoam by hooking your fingers under the legs and tugging
straight up. The spear is vulnerable to breakage if not removed carefully. Display with care behind glass. Those feathers are fascinating to pets.
Retired July 2006
Last Model # 3E/5642
Contrasting dark and light colors depicting shadow and light are loosely patterned across this piece. Triangular shapes dissect the horse somewhat,
making the model appear choppy, not flowing as would be expected for a thunderbird. The raised texture of the piece is interesting but doesn't seem
to add to the design. This was not a popular piece at release and has not gained in popularity or value since it's retirement. Does not present
any problems right out of the box. Display in an enclosed cabinet, but be aware that lighting seems to wash out the model.
Anasazi Spirit Horse
Retired January 2009
Last Model # 5E/6969
Incredibly detailed white raised designs on the flat black finish of this model make it one of the more eye-catching of the line. The swirled
designs are inspired from the paintings on Anasazi pottery found in Chaco Canyon. Since little is known of the Anasazi the meanings of the designs are
a mystery. The only known issue with this piece is a mold flaw. Occasionally one or both of the front hooves will appear to be chopped or cut off
along the front of the hoof, giving it a flat appearance instead of the normal rounded front. Display under lighting to bring out the contrasting
white and black.
Kitty Cat's Ball
Elizabeth Lewis Scott
Retired July 2006
Last Model # 3E/7112
Whimscal pony festooned with frolicing felines. A beautiful blue night sky provides the vivid background for scenes depicting the hijinks
our kittys get up to in the overnight hours. The t-shirt wearing cats sport grins in their various poses. The pony itself is colored as a striped
orange cat on the legs, tail and face. The muzzle has inset wire whiskers. Those whiskers present the only problem with the model as sometimes they are
either missing or come out of the anchoring hole. A dab of super glue is an easy fix. Kitty Cat is a ceramic so should be displayed behind glass.
Children's Prayer Pony
Trail of Painted Ponies
Retired February 2012
Last Model # 6E/6078
Sweet, glossy, colorful pony in the standing mold. The piece is decorated with children's drawings and prayers commemorating the tragedy of
September 11, 2001. A hand drawing of the earth adorns the side of the model while a rainbow follows the arc of the neck. Hearts and stars
are predominant artwork, perhaps depicting love and hope for us all. A black dorsal strip extends down to a black tail. The base of the pony
is textured to simulate grass and flowers under the ponies hooves. Prayer Pony presents with no problems. She should be displayed in a
secure cabinet under lighting because she is a ceramic.
Retired July 2007
Last Model # 4E/1788
Gorgeous model with wonderfully realistic illustrations of a whole range of wildlife and aquatic life. The light brown coloring of the pony is
the perfect backdrop for the colorful animals and water. The flowing placement of the animals allows the eye to follow the pattern around the shape
of the horse and through the water. Dark brown shins topping white socks actually discourage the eye from being distracted by the hooves. A most
interesting technique by a talented artist. Wilderness presents with no problems. Another ceramic, so display in a cabinet under lighting.
Retired January 2008
Last Model # 5E/9232
Interesting imagery on this pony, including corn maidens, Kachina figures, celestial skies and lightning bolts. Bold use of primary colors make this
pony striking as does the straight linear geometric shapes that transect the piece. The black mane and tail in the high gloss as well as the red face,
offset the neck and body art nicely. Journey is one of those pieces that you either love or dislike. It's popularity was modest and has remained
so now that it's retired. No known issues with this pony but worth noting is that the base is a dark brown top and bottom making the numbers on the bottom
devilishly hard to read. A ceramic, so display with care behind glass.
Retired December 2009
Last Model # 3E/0402
Nutcracker has the distinction of being the first Christmas pony of the Trail line. Beautiful, glossy piece depicting the Russian ballet,
"The Nutcracker Suite" on the model. Pretty ballerinas dance among snowflakes and a quaint village lending a beautiful flow to the piece.
The art on the pony is slightly raised giving the piece texture not normally found on the ceramics. Slight variations in the designs is to
be expected and should not be considered a flaw. A ceramic, so display behind glass.
Retired March 2010
Last Model # 3E/9724
Lovely pony in a deep blue matte finish covered with lacey snowflakes. The bright white flakes are slightly raised giving the piece texture. A
truly classic design makes this girl perfect for any Christmas display. Snowflake is hands down the most popular holiday pony and has been since her
release. Despite four new Christmas ponies being released each year this model still retains the top spot of all the holiday offerings & no wonder, she
is simply gorgeous. No problems with this model. Display year round in a lighted cabinet or on a table top during the Yule Season.
Mike Dowdall & Joy Steuerwald - Westland Giftware
Retired March 2010
Last Model # 3E/7553
Christmas Clydesdale is the first variant mold of the line. Not a true Clydesdale form but pretty nonetheless. A matte finish dappled brown piece
wearing the traditional draft horse hitch adorned with red ribbon and bells that really jingle. A pretty green wreath encircles the yoke. A red halter
with a bell on the snap completes his tack. Black mane and tail, and solid white feathers on the draft hooves complete the form. As mentioned, this is
not a true draft horse form, the head is too small and the legs are too long. The base is decorated with holly leaves and berries. A few problems with
this model do crop up, the most serious being either missing or broken bells and they are fairly difficult to reattach. Also, the wreath will need
fluffing and reshaping. Reins can be either one or two, either is correct. Display year round in a lighted cabinet or in a table top Christmas display.
Joy Steuerwald - Westland Giftware
Retired February 2006
*Last Model # 1E/8400
Flat yellow/golden piece with raised white swirls flowing along the body. Cream colored wings atop the back, creamy tail and a wisp of cream colored
forelock. This girl looks awkward on the standing mold and would have at least been more pleasing to the eye on the running mold. Golden Girl is a
model that you either love or well, hate. She was not a very popular pony while in production but once she retired she became quite sought after and
still is. The wings can break off and/or loosen in their slot so handle with care. Quite a few of these pieces present with the raised "dots" either
being brushed off or broken off leaving an indentation which is quite noticeable. Displays best under lights.
*I have been provided a photograph of the bottom of the base of a Golden Girl with the number 1E/8539.
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