My Little Town..Pony Penning

This is the busiest week of the year for our small island town. Pony Penning Is upon us…..What is Pony Penning you may be wondering?!?!

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. Here’s the link about the PONY SWIM

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!!!

 

MISTY PHOTO SOURCE: Wesley Dennis

Today is the beach walk, and in my view, the best part of the week…..the salt water Cowboys gather the northern herd and walk them down the beach at sunrise…it is definelty a sight to behold.


Photo Courtesy of CTG

And then, the day everyone has been waiting for…the swim. This year the ponies swim the channel at slack tide between 9-11 a.m. Thousands will be on hand to witness the 91st annual pony swim! The’little girl’ in me finally got to live her dream, not only seeing the Pony Swim by boat, but I’ve come to call this wonderful place home…(  I’ve been Blessed to see 2 swims…now I ‘hide’ during the business of the week! 😄)


After the swim, the ponies are rested and then paraded through the streets of Chincoteague to the carnival grounds.



Thursday morning the auction starts at 8 a.m…..I went to one and it was enough for me…..I’m not in the market to buy a pony, and sitting there, watching and listening to the foals cry for their mamas, and the mamas ‘yelling’ for their babies, once was enough for me…..though the looks on the kids faces who bought ponies was and is priceless…….






This link will take you to the history of our CHINCOTEAGUE PONIES if your interested.
If you have the time..watch this video..Ethan did an incredible job capturing the essence of Pony Penning 2013.

My Little Town…………..Pony Penning

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!!!

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(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.

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(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!

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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…

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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!!!