Chincoteague Ponies 2017 - James F. Roche Jr.

Chincoteague Ponies 2017

Swimming Across the Bay

The 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony roundup and auction took place on July 26-27, 2017 on Chincoteague Island, Virginia. This roundup became a book, written in 1947, by Marguritte Henry and was titled "Misty of Chincoteague". It has been a best seller for many years. 


The wild ponies live on Assateague Island, across the Assateague Bay, and once rounded up will swim from that island to Chincoteague Island and then  be herded through the streets of Chincoteague to the Annual Fireman's Carnival. 


At the carnival the foals are put up for auction and will be sent to new homes. Sometimes a group of people will bid on a foal as a "buyback" and that foal will be returned to the island with the rest of the herd. A very detailed accounting of mares, sires and foals is kept yearly and the herd is assisted by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department for its health and well being.


It's a sight to behold when the herd is driven into the bay at slack tide to begin the swim to Chincoteague Island, where the Saltwater Cowboys, all volunteer firemen, are waiting for them. It's something I waited most of my adult life to see, and I had to wade through a salt marsh at 4:00 am to get a place on the beach. 




The Swim

The Auction

Assateague Island

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