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New in the Shop! Misty of Chincoteague Night Lights

Misty of Chincoteague Night Light // Painting Pony

Recently added to our online shop we now have Misty of Chincoteague Night Lights!

Many horse loving children grow up reading the classic book, Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. This vintage read sparked a love of horses for many, myself included! Our Misty of Chincoteague Breyer Night Light is the perfect gift for any horse lover, no matter what age!
Misty of Chincoteague Night Light // Painting Pony
Each light is made out of a once-loved Misty Breyer Model. While each model has been loved a little differently, they may include scuffs and scratches but I’ve given them a new life by turning them into a battery operated Night Light!
Misty of Chincoteague Night Light // Painting Pony
Misty of Chincoteague Night Light // Painting Pony
Looking for a specific breyer model night light? We can make custom ones! Send us your model or have us find one for you! Contact us at info@paintingpony.com for details.

Shop online for our Misty Night Lights.

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Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at Fair Hill International

Over the weekend I attended the Fair Hill International Event to watch my friends from the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team perform. The Fair Hill International Event is one of the most prestigious international three day events in the world.

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

The Drill team was fantastic, and it was fun getting to watch them perform so close to home.

Chincoteague Pony Drill Team at the Fair Hill International

You can check out Ammo’s recap of the day on his blog.

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Ponies in the Press

Leading up to our week down in Chincoteague for the Annual Pony Penning the ponies were fortunate enough to be in the press quite a bit.

You can check out all of their recent articles in the news HERE.

Painting Ponies in the Press

Chincoteague Beachcomber Article – July 18, 2013

Painting Ponies in the Press

Daily Local News Article – July 21, 2013

Painting Ponies in the Press

Chincoteague Beacon Article – July 25, 2013

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Pony Penning 2013: Chincoteague Pony Auction

The Pony Auction was held on Thursday, and kicked off with a great performance by the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team.

I stayed throughout the whole auction and was able to photograph all the foals that came through.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Auction // Painting Pony

Prices ranged from about $600 – $2,500 for the foals that you were able to take home, but the buybacks always seem to go the highest.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Auction // Painting Pony

The foals that are marked as buybacks can be purchased at the auction but they get to go back to Assateague to live out the rest of their days as a wild pony. So essentially you are making a donation to the fire company and you get the right to name your foal.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Auction // Painting Pony

This year the highest priced foal was a cute little black and white filly that was designated as a buyback.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Auction // Painting Pony

This foal sold for $12,000 and was purchased by a woman for her 80th Birthday. The auction crowd promptly sang her Happy Birthday as she entered the ring to meet her foal.

Later in the auction there was another foal purchased by a 100 year old woman – who’s dream was to own a pony. Her’s was a buyback foal as well for $10,000.

Someday I would love to purchase a foal from the auction, but that day was not this year. Regardless it’s always fun to watch the auction as people’s dreams come true!

Incase you missed it you can read our other posts on the 2013 Pony Penning:
Beach Walk HERE
Painting Ponies HERE
Pony Swim HERE

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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Pony Penning 2013: Chincoteague Pony Swim

The highlight for many who attend Chincoteague Pony Penning is the annual Pony Swim. I love watching the swim and taking photos and with this being my 6th year attending – I pretty much have a system down for getting a great spot for photos.

So on Wednesday morning my mom and I hiked down to Pony Swim Lane and into the swamp to find a spot to stand in the bay. As we were waiting for slack tide for the ponies to swim across a dark storm cloud began to approach behind us.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Swim // Painting Pony

Just as the dark cloud was upon us the coast guard set off the flare to let us know that it was slack tide and the ponies were ready to swim.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Swim // Painting Pony

Within minutes it was POURING rain, I was drenched and I was worried my camera would be damaged. Most people ran to hide under a nearby dock, while others left the pony swim site with crying children all together. But the diehards rode out the storm and cheered as the ponies dove into the water. I was among those diehards.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Swim // Painting Pony

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Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Swim // Painting Pony

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Swim // Painting Pony

Once the ponies were safely ashore they evacuated the area pretty quickly. So I didn’t get to stick around too long to take photos of them.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Swim // Painting Pony

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Swim // Painting Pony

Eventually we made the soggy wet walk back to the fairgrounds to see the saltwater cowboys herd the ponies into the pen.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Swim // Painting Pony

I watched the ponies in the pens for a while, it’s always fascinating to see the stallions round-up their mares and try to keep the other stallions away.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Swim // Painting Pony

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony Swim // Painting Pony

This year’s swim was definitely one for the record books and I’m sure I will always remember it!

Tomorrow I’ll be back with photos from the auction. You can read our other posts on the beach walk HERE, and our painting ponies HERE.

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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