Warning: array_merge(): Argument #2 is not an array in /home/greenhor/public_html/paintingpony.com/blog/wp-content/plugins/image-watermark/image-watermark.php on line 102
photos | The Trick Ponies of Chincoteague

Posts Tagged ‘photos

The Ponies Get Jolly!

For Christmas Santa brought Minnow, Blitz and Boomer an apple flavored Jolly Ball! Oh boy were they excited….

The Ponies Get Jolly // Painting Pony

The Ponies Get Jolly // Painting Pony

The Ponies Get Jolly // Painting Pony

The Ponies Get Jolly // Painting Pony

The Ponies Get Jolly // Painting Pony

The Ponies Get Jolly // Painting Pony

The Ponies Get Jolly // Painting Pony

It’s so much fun watching the boys have fun!

The Ponies Get Jolly // Painting Pony

We also wanted to wish you all a happy and healthy 2014! We’re looking forward to the new year, and can’t wait for warmer weather so we can get back to some exciting adventures!

Painting Pony 2014 Calendar And if you haven’t done so already, make sure you snag one of the ponies’ 2014 Calendar! We have a few left in stock!

Tags : , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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!

Tags : , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

ponypenning_7269-FB

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

IMG_7261-FB

IMG_7275-FB

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!

Tags : , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pony Penning 2013: Painting Pony Performs in Chincoteague

Each year our ponies are invited to perform during Pony Penning week at the Chincoteague Pony Centre. This great honor is the main purpose of our trip each year – and something we look forward to.

This year we decided to bring two ponies, the ever talented Chincoteague Minnow and his buddy Chesapeake Boomerang. This was Boomer’s first trip to Pony Penning and his first time ever performing tricks in front of a crowd.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony // Painting Pony

Boomer settled in quite easily, and Minnow enjoyed having a buddy to boss around with him. Minnow quickly took on the roll of head “stallion” and kept a close eye on his younger pal Boomerang.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony // Painting Pony

One of the first ponies they met on the trip was Boomer’s little half sister Juniper, who had been born on the last day of June. Boomer was particularly fascinated by her, and took every chance he had to get close to her.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony // Painting Pony

Juniper reminded me a lot of Boomer, fearless and brave – not much fazed her, even as she plodded around the arena in the nightly shows at the Pony Centre.

When it came time for our boy’s performances in the Pony Shows at the Centre Minnow performed like the pro he is.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony // Painting Pony

Minnow opened each show by painting a special work of art that would later be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony // Painting Pony

Minnow always does his best work while on the island, and he created 8 wonderful paintings that all went off to happy new homes.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony // Painting Pony

Later in the show Minnow came back out for everyone to sing Happy Birthday to him as we celebrated his 20th Birthday. He loved being the center of attention.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony // Painting Pony

Now Boomer had spent the weeks leading up to Pony Penning learning a trick skit that he would perform during the shows. Having never even performed in public before let alone learn an entire performance, this was a completely new experience for Boomer. And honestly I wasn’t sure how he would react.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony // Painting Pony

Boomer’s skit was based on the idea that he was headed off to Trick Pony School, and as his teacher I had lessons that he had to learn. Here you see me holding up a photo of Misty shaking hands with Marguerite Henry, and then asking him to mimic the photo by shaking my hand.

The first time Boomer entered the arena things seemed to be going well, and then the crowd let out a cheer and applause and he about jumped out of his skin – bolting to the gate. I was able to get him to return to his pedestal to perform each trick, but every time the crowd clapped he would again bolt to the gate.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony // Painting Pony

Amazingly Boomer performed every single trick I asked him to – including his spectacular sit on the beanbag trick, he was just clearly frightened of the clapping. But about the 3rd performance in he started to get over it and by the end of the week he could of cared less that people were cheering and clapping for him.

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony // Painting Pony

Boomer got so into his performances that he knew the order of tricks that were coming before I could even ask him to perform them. I would have to rush to get his beanbags set up for him before he decided just to sit on the ground!

I was so pleased with how he did, and I think everyone loved his big personality. He did a wonderful job showing just how smart and talented these Chincoteague Ponies are, and I’m sure this is just the first of many performances for Boomer.

On our last day on the island Boomer got to compete in the Pony Show’s Extreme Pony Race – I think he was a bit surprised to enter the arena this time with a jump in front of him, but he did well – and only threw in a few small bucks! I was relieved he didn’t decide to show the crowd his bronco bucking skills!

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony // Painting Pony

Pony Penning 2013 // Chincoteague Pony // Painting Pony

By the end of the week I was so proud of both of my boys. Thinking back on how far both of them have come, and how talented and amazing they are makes me proud. I love being able to share these amazing ponies with people and I hope everyone that gets to meet them think they are just as special as I do.

Tomorrow I’ll be back to share all about of experience at the epic Chincoteague Pony Swim, and you can read all about the Beach Walk in yesterday’s post.

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

Tags : , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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!

 

Tags : , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,