Roger and I were in Hill City, South Dakota when I saw my first Trail of Ponies figurine. The approximately 8-inch figurine was painted with a Christmas theme, and the tag had a description of the featured artist.
In my research I discovered that these art ponies are as big or bigger than the Beanie Baby crazy of the mid 90’s. The idea started with a public art project in New Mexico where almost life-sized horses were painted by local artists and then auctioned. Following this came the figurines in 2002. All of the ponies are limited edition and are signed and numbered. When one of the collectible horses retires, it is put out to pasture. Check out the official website for more details. official website
These ponies are sold as figurines, hanging ornaments and more. I imagine that starting a collection for the holidays or giving the collectible to a horse-lover would be fun!