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Chincoteague Pony Information

It’s estimated that wild ponies have inhabited Assateague Island between 300 and 400 years. Today two separate herds of wild horses make their home on Assateague Island, separated by a fence at the Maryland-Virginia line. The Virginia herd is owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. Each year the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company purchases a grazing permit from the National Fish & Wildlife Service. This permit allows the Fire Company to maintain a herd of approximately 150 adult ponies on Assateague Island. The Fire Company controls the herd size with a pony auction on the last Thursday in July. Each year tens of thousands of spectators come to watch the Saltwater Cowboys swim the pony herd from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island.

Recent News

2017 SPRING ROUND UP DATES

April 7th Southern Herd starting approximately at 5:00pm

April 8th Northern Herd starting approximately at 8:00am

2017 CARNIVAL/PONY PENNING DATES

June 23rd (opening night) & June 24th

June 30th & July 1st (fireworks at 10:00pm with rain date to be announced if needed)

July 7th & July 8th

July 14th & July 15th

July 21st & July 22nd

July 24th through July 29th

Pony Penning Week 2017 Schedule

July 24th Beachwalk at Assateague (Ponies leave North Corral at 6:00am)

July 26th Pony Swim (Time to be announced)

July 27th Pony Auction at back of Carnival Grounds starting at 8:00am

July 28th Swim Back (Time to be announced)

July 29th Raffle Prizes to be given away at close of carnival that night

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