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Chincoteague Pony Penning

Here are photographs that I took of the Chincoteague Pony Swim. These are photos of the Salt Water Cowboys and the wild horses crossing the channel. Every year, for the last 93 years, the Chincoteague Fire Department sponsors the annual Pony Penning Event. The Salt water cowboys round up the wild horses on Assateague Virginia. There is a northern and southern herd. On Saturday they round up and Corral the southern herd. On Sunday the cowboys roundup the northern herd. Then on Monday, they run the northern herd on the beach and bring them to where they have already corralled the southern herd. The last Wednesday in July is the world-famous Pony Swim. The cowboys swim the horses from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The fire department auctions most of the foals the next day to control the population of horses on Assateague, to raise money for the care of the horses and to raise money for the fire department.

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