This week, the last of July, finds my little town in the midst of something BIG……It’s called Pony Penning. Visitors from near and far descend upon us to experience the Pony Swim, held the last Wednesday of July. All in hopes of being able to buy one of the many foals to be auctioned off on Thursday. The auction is a yearly fund raiser for our Fire Department, who actually tend to the herd.
Chincoteague was made famous by the book Misty of Chincoteague, written by Marguerite Henry. As a little girl who loved horses, it was my favorite book. Of course I dreamed of visiting this little island and seeing the famous wild ponies of Assateague, but it wasn’t to be. Life went on, I grew up, but the little girl in me never lost her love for the ponies!!!
(Marguerite Henry and Misty)
Today was the Pony Beach Walk, which is when the Salt Water Cowboys bring the Northern Herd south…they will be held in a paddock with the southern herd until the swim on Wednesday.
(Thank you CTG for this ^ photo)
And then, the day everyone has been waiting for…the swim. This year it’s going to be an early swim as the ponies swim the channel at slack tide and it will be between 7-9 a.m. Thousands will be on hand to witness the 90th swim!
I got to finally live my dream, by not only seeing the Pony Swim by boat, but I’ve come to call this wonderful place home…
Now, as a ‘come here’ who calls this island home, July is a blessing and a curse…lol It seems each year more and more tourists converge on the island and it’s impossible to get around!!!! It’s craziness and chaos,,but in a good way!!!