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Category Archives: Wild Ponies of Assateague Island

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
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Witness the 90th Annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim

June 13, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2015

Here we are, basking in summer once again and that can only mean one thing: it’s Chincoteague Island Pony Swim time again – July 25 – 30, 2015!

Chincoteague Island is memorable and famous for lots of things but nothing tops the iconic and unforgettable spectacle of the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim. Watching all those beautiful wild ponies and their slender foals swimming the sea crossing between Assateague Island and Chincoteague Island is something you wont soon forget.

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Get Set for the 2015 Spring Pony Roundup!

March 14, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Spring Pony Roundup 2015

It’s almost time for Chincoteague’s Saltwater Cowboys to collect the wild ponies of Assateague Island for their annual veterinary check: the 2015 Spring Pony Roundup! Will you be here to see it?

Chincoteague’s 2015 Spring Pony Roundup is scheduled for April 10th and 11th this year. A set of annual veterinary checks to assess the general health of the herd, especially that of any new foals, the pony roundups are also a chance for you to come and watch!

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Fall Wild Pony Roundup 2014

September 13, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Fall Wild Pony Roundup 2014

Mark your calendars: the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company has scheduled the 2014 Fall Wild Pony Roundup for Oct 10th and 11th, 2014!

Three wild pony roundups occur each year: the July Pony Penning Round Up and two others in the spring and fall. These latter two roundups are conducted for the purpose of an an overall health check on the 130 or so wild horses on Assateague Island, including any of this year’s new foals.

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The 2014 Spring Pony Roundup

March 10, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Spring Pony Roundup

It’s almost spring and that means the 2014 Spring Pony Roundup is just about upon us. The 2014 Spring Pony Roundup is scheduled for April 11th and 12th.

What’s the 2014 Spring Pony Roundup all about, anyway?

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2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim Schedule

January 29, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim ScheduleThe schedule for the 2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim is set and now is the time to start planning your trip to witness the 89th year of this famous, annual tradition!

The Chincoteague Fireman’s Carnival – alive with rides, games, raffles, and lots of good food – opens each night at 7 pm during the 2014 Chincoteague Pony Swim week and serves as something like a base of operations for much of the process.

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