No other animal has played so great a role in the history of warfare as the horse. From horse-drawn chariots to armored knights to mounted warriors to light cavalry, humans have relied on the horse for battlefield successes. Nations have risen and fallen by the horse. Until they became outmoded by machine guns, tanks, airplanes and other modern weapons, horses were our war machines. While their role in military campaigns has changed, they continue to serve the troops. The U.S. Special Forces relied on horses to keep supply lines open for report outposts in the mountains of Afghanistan in Desert Storm. The Caisson Platoon of the 3rd US Infantry, dubbed “The Old Guard,”
Artists and creative spirits everywhere, active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families, everyone with a vision of how to imaginatively pay tribute to what has been called the world’
The winners in each category, to be determined by a national online vote, will receive cash prizes, merchandise, national attention and their designs could be crafted into a collectible figurine.
The competition will officially begin on July 1, 2013 and end October 1, 2013. There are no entry fees.
For 10 years, The Trail of Painted Ponies has celebrated the horse as a source of artistic inspiration, while creating the most beloved horse collectible in America today: Painted Pony collectible figurines. It has sponsored numerous art competitions, the most recent in partnership with the American Paint Horse Association and the Appaloosa Horse Club.
Horses4Heroes is a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas with 250 centers in 44 states that offers health and wellness equestrian programs for active duty military personnel, veterans and their families. (www.horses4heroes.org)
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’
For more information about the “Honoring the Military Horse”
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