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Get Set For The 2017 Chincoteague Spring Pony Roundup!

March 6, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Chincoteague Spring Pony RoundupSpring is on the way and with it the annual Chincoteague Spring Pony Roundup! This year’s checkup on the wild horses of Assateague Island is scheduled for April 7th and 8th, 2017.

You’ve heard of the annual Pony Swim that occurs every summer but did you know that there are two other roundups during the year, too. The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company holds a roundup in the spring and the fall, as well.

These roundups allow the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company a chance to give the herd an overall health check. The spring pony roundup also sees buybacks from the previous year’s auction released back into the wild.

While these seasonal, health-check roundups are nowhere near the spectacle of the annual swim, they’re still very much worth experiencing. Further, as the two events are not as famous as the Pony Swim, the crowds are lesser, too. That means more viewing the wild ponies of Assateague close-up and less time fighting crowds.

The roundups are split into two days to accommodate the two separate herds of wild horses on Assateague.

The southern herd is the first to be rounded up: April 7th, 5 pm. The pen for this herd is located on the road going out to the beach on Assateague Island. The southern herd is smaller and closer with plenty of parking. Consequently, this first roundup only lasts a few hours and is the most popular of the two spring pony roundup events.

The roundup for the northern herd is scheduled for 8 am on April 8th. This herd is located on the northern end of Assateague Island, translating into a three-mile hike, one way, up the island’s service road. One has to be prepared for the hike but, because of this perceived inconvenience, the Saturday morning roundup tends to be a less crowded.

The northern herd is quite a bit larger than the southern, so the roundup is a much longer affair. Add in the combined six-mile hike and you’re making a day of it. Fun!

Either date will provide you with an indelible snapshot of these gorgeous wild horses and the amazing lives they lead. Come see the wild ponies of Assateague!

2017 Chincoteague Spring Pony Roundup

April 7th & 8th
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Visit: www.chincoteaguechamber.com for more details and a guide to other events and attractions on Chincoteague Island.

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The Island Manor House Chincoteague Island Winter Lodging Special!

January 13, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Winter Lodging SpecialSummer isn’t the only good time to make an escape to the Virginia coast! Plan your Chincoteague Island winter getaway now and save with the 3 for 2 Lodging Special at The Island Manor House!

It’s a common mistake to think of Chincoteague Island as a summer playland but that’s hardly the only time to visit here. In the winter things are quite a bit quieter, that’s true. Of course, all that really means is no crowds to contend with while beach combing, shopping, dining, and more! Taking a Chincoteague Island winter getaway presents you with a whole new side of the island to discover!

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Don’t Miss Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2016!

June 13, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2016The Saltwater Cowboys of Chincoteague will be back in action, July 23rd through the 29th, 2016, when they round up the wild horses of Assateague Island for the 91st annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim!

The Chincoteague Island Pony Swim involves two separate herds of wild horses being rounded up and swum across the channel between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. This unique, annual event allows for health checks for the ponies and an auctioning of the foals, in order to keep the herds at safe and manageable sizes. Further, proceeds from the auction sales go towards funding veterinary care for the ponies throughout the rest of the year.

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A Chincoteague Island Winter Getaway

January 15, 2016 by InsideOut Solutions

Chincoteague Island WinterNot just a summer play-land, you’ll discover a whole new island with a Chincoteague Island winter getaway!

While it’s true that we see most visitors during the summer, did you know that a great many of those who make return trips to our island haven on Virginia’s Eastern Shore do so during the winter months?

Chincoteague Island and Assateague Island are quite different in the winter but no less appealing. With the weather tending towards the mild and lightly sunny, most seasons, the first and most obvious difference being that the throngs of tourists have evaporated. Not to say that Chincoteague Island rolls up its sidewalks and hibernates through winter – to the contrary!

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The Chincoteague Wild Ponies

May 21, 2012 by islandmanor

A summer visit to Virginia’s Chincoteague and Assateague Islands means long afternoons on the beach, leisurely bike rides, and scenic cruises around the islands. It means lazy hours curled up with a book and a glass of wine, romantic getaways, and family gatherings.

One of the most thrilling aspects of a summer visit to Chincoteague and Assateague Islands is the Wild Pony Swim.

Chincoteague Island Ponies

It's an incredible sight.

The 87th Annual Pony Round Up, Swim, and Auction take place July 21-26, 2012. We still have availability during these times at Island Manor House Chincoteague Bed and Breakfast. Come for part of it or all of it.

The wild ponies will be rounded up by Saltwater Cowboys on July 21 and 22, in preparation for the swim. The public can view the ponies in their corrals on Assateague Island until they make their big swim. It’s always amazing to see the ponies, whether they’re in their natural habitat or in a corral. Just remember, they are wild animals; it’s best to avoid getting too close.

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