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Pony Penning 2013: Beach Walk | The Trick Ponies of Chincoteague

Pony Penning 2013: Beach Walk

With our trip to the 88th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim & Auction over I thought it would be fun to go back and recap all of our adventures on the island during the week.

This year we decided to head down on Sunday morning with the ponies (instead of our usual monday morning departure) so that we could see the Annual Beach Walk – something I had never seen before.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Beach Walk // Painting Pony

On the way onto Chincoteague we stopped at the fairgrounds to set-up our chairs for the auction on Thursday. Last year someone moved our chairs – so I wasn’t going to let that happen this year…

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Beach Walk // Painting Pony

I may have gone a little crazy with the rope! But after having knee surgery earlier this year I knew I couldn’t last standing all day.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Beach Walk // Painting Pony

We then dropped off Minnow and Boomer at the Pony Centre and readied ourselves to attend the beach walk the next day.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Beach Walk // Painting Pony

Based on what I had read on the Pony Swim Guide, we had to be at the Assateague Island Beach by 6am on Monday morning in order to see the ponies walk the beach. Driving over the bridge to Assateague, it’s $8 for a day pass, which allows you to park your car in the beach lot and walk up towards the ocean.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Beach Walk // Painting Pony

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Beach Walk // Painting Pony

Tip for next year: Bring a beach chair with you! You can stake out a spot to watch the walk along the beach as the saltwater cowboys bring the northern herd down the beach to join the ponies in the southern corral. We ended up waiting over an hour for the walk to take place, with the ponies arriving at our spot on the beach around 7:30am. But the nice part is that this event is not hot or buggy and you don’t have to stand in swamp water to enjoy it. My suggestion is to pack some breakfast, bring a chair, and be prepared to wait a little – but it was totally worth it!

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Beach Walk // Painting Pony

This year the beach walk came along with lots of fog due to a rainstorm from the night before.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Beach Walk // Painting Pony

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Beach Walk // Painting Pony

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Beach Walk // Painting Pony

Afterwards you can follow the herd back to the southern corral and view all of the ponies in one place – we opted to head out though because we had to be back at the Pony Centre to feed our hungry ponies.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Beach Walk // Painting Pony

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Beach Walk // Painting Pony

Tomorrow I’ll be back to share how the ponies did with their first performances of the week at the Pony Centre!

You can check out all the photos from the beach walk, pony swim and auction HERE. They are also available for purchase!

 

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