This year’s spring Chincoteague pony roundup is scheduled for the weekend of April 12th and 13th, 2019. If you’ve a yen to see the famous wild horses of Chincoteague up close, this is your next opportunity!
The wild ponies of Chincoteague are one of the biggest draws to our island. People travel from all over the world to come see them during the famous annual wild pony swim and auction.
What most people don’t realize is that each year sees three chances to get up close to Chincoteague’s wild ponies, not just one.
Spring & Fall Health Checks
The wild ponies of Chincoteague may be wild – but that doesn’t mean they aren’t cared for.
Twice a year, spring and fall, both herds of wild horses are rounded up for an overall health check. It’s provides an excellent chance for the stewards to get a good look at any new foals. The April round-up also sees buybacks from the previous summer’s pony auction released back onto Assateague.
2019 Spring Chincoteague Pony Roundup
Because there are two separate herds, the spring and fall roundups are split into two separate days.
The smaller, Southern Herd is always the first to be rounded up. This year, that falls on Friday, April 12th and will begin around 4:30pm.
The southern herd roundup usually only takes a couple of hours and there is plenty of parking for those who want to watch.
The northern herd‘s penning is scheduled for Saturday, April 13th at 8am. The northern herd is both larger and more remote. Attending this penning requires a three-mile hike, one way, up the island’s service road. It’s an easy but long walk – and don’t forget the 3-mile return journey! Parking is available at the Wildlife Loop parking lot.
The roundup of the northern herd takes upwards of 5 to 6 hours because of the larger herd and acreage that they roam.
Attending A Pony Penning
One of the big pluses of a pony roundup, as opposed to the swim, is that the crowds are so much smaller. This means a better chance to actually see something other than a bunch of jostling backs, hats, and elbows. It also means a far more pleasant stay on Chincoteague island!
Another big plus to attending a Chincoteague Pony Roundup is the opportunity to buy a Chincoteague foal!
Foals born since the last pony penning will be at the Chincoteague carnival grounds with their mares on Sunday, April 14th at 3pm. Interested parties can come inspect the foals, discuss a purchase price, and when you can pick up your foal. So exciting!
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