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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.

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2017 Carnival & Pony Penning Dates

July 21st & July 22nd

July 24th through July 29th

July 22nd Southend Round Up at 4:00pm

July 23rd Northend Round Up at 7:00am
(NOTE:  Public is NOT permitted at the Northend Roundup)

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

July 26th Pony Swim
(Time to be announced)

July 27th Pony Auction
(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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Forms

Click here to download our Cook-off Application

Click here to download our Vendor Application

Click here to download the Temporary Event Permit