Watch Wild Ponies Swim at Chincoteague in Annual Virginia Tradition
What a sight.
How does waking up at the crack of dawn and standing in the mud for a couple of hours sound to you? If the answer is "not great," we urge you to consider this annual event: The Chincoteague Pony Swim.
Now in its 94th year, thousands of people came out to watch the wild ponies swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. Cheered on by the happy and devoted fans, the foals looked at ease as they cavorted through the calm water. Watch The Virginian-Pilot's video of 2019s Chincoteague Pony Swim below.
Some of these wild ponies are auctioned the day after the swim, which helps cover the costs of caring for the animals and also benefits the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. Per Chicnoteague Chamber of Commerce and Certified Visitor Center, 57 foals were auctioned this year for a record-setting total of $271,700.
For more information on the lineup of events — which also includes a carnival and viewing of Misty — check out Chincoteague.com. Today, Friday, July 26, the herd of Chincoteague Ponies will depart from the festivities on Chincoteague Island and make their pilgramage back to Assateague Island for the year.
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Now, it's time to ooh and ahh yet again over those majestic creatures making their special swim and watch the video again and again.