Misty of Chincoteague

Tom Hunt

57 foals were auctioned off yesterday in Chincoteague as part of 91st annual pony swim from Assateague Island.

The auction raised over $151-thousand which will go to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the average price was around $26-hundred with the average age of nearly 3 months.

The Legacy Group put $21-thousand dollars to buy back two three-month old fillies.

The paper reports there were 6 buy backs totaling nearly $50-thousand

Those not sold return to Assateague Island for another year.

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The ponies made their way another year from Assateague Island to Chincoteague yesterday.

The Saltwater Cowboys as they are known herded the ponies on their annual swim.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that some territorial stallions and mares did clashed when they went looking for their foals.

Today an auction is being held with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

The auction began at 8 a.m. at the Chincoteague Carnival Grounds.

Those not sold or are returned will spend another year on Assateague Island.


CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - An Eastern Shore tradition celebrated by Marguerite Henry's book "Misty of Chincoteague" is marking its 90th year.

The highlight of the week is this morning's annual swim of the tough little ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. A group of volunteers called the "Saltwater Cowboys" rounds up the ponies and leads them through the passage at slack tide.

An auction of a portion of the herd benefits the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

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They’re gathering in Chincoteague for the 90th Annual Pony Swim.

Saltwater Cowboys are expected to drive around 150 ponies across the channel from Assateague Island sometime between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.

After the swim and a 45 minute pause for the ponies they will be herded to Main Street for a parade.

On Thursday they will be up for auction with proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

The event was made famous in the 1947 novel “Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry.

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Over 100 ponies took the plunge yesterday and swam from Assateague Island to Chincoteague.

Thousands of visitors watched the Saltwater Cowboys herd the ponies for the 89th annual Pony Penning.

The crossing took place around 11:50 a.m. during slack tide under sunny skies and pleasant temperatures.

Afterward they were paraded through the streets of Chincoteague to the carnival ground where they were  auctioned off this morning.

Last year 55 foals were sold bringing $114-thousand with 11 ponies bought back and returned to Assateague.

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In Chincoteague they’re gearing up for the annual pony swim.

Yesterday, the Saltwater Cowboys paraded the northern herd of the ponies down the beach on Assateague Island.

Visitors from across the nation and abroad will be attending the annual pony swim to witness the herd crossing the Assateague Channel tomorrow.

On Thursday, the foals will be sold at auction with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company which owns and maintains the herd.

The swim was made famous by the 1947 novel Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry.

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Chincoteague firefighters known as saltwater cowboys will oversee the annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague in Virginia on July 30.

The event is preceded by a carnival, which began Friday and continues on several dates in July and early August.

Each year the wild ponies are auctioned to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which cares for the Virginia herd. This year's auction is July 31. 

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In Chincoteague an iconic Island Movie Theater that premiered the film Misty in 1961 held an open house yesterday after two years of renovations by the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization.

The theater is moving into the 21st century with the ability to show 3D films .along with new seating and a new stage structure.

But it was a bit of nostalgia for a number of locals who appeared in the movie about drawn the children’s book “Misty of Chincoteague” that was filmed on location.

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The ponies made it across the channel yesterday from the Assateague Island to Chincoteague amidst stormy weather.

The thunderstorm came around 11 am drenching thousands of onlookers…that showed up for the 88th annual Pony Swim and parade.

The Saltwater Cowboys herded around 150 ponies making the crossing in around 5 minutes.

Kendy Allen with the Chincoteague Pony Center says , the ponies do not have to swim much and figures the distance they have to cross less than a quarter of a mile andis not that deep.

The Ponies made the swim and now they’re up for auction.

At about 9 am yesterday around 140 wild ponies were led across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island by the Saltwater Cowboys as thousands looked on for the annual event.

The crossing lasted a little more than 6 minutes.

Many visitors fell in love with the ponies as a result of Marguerite Henry’s famous book “Misty of Chincoteague “.

And they came from as far away as Cleveland.