Spectators gather for Chincoteague’s 89th Pony Swim

ASSATEAGUE, Va. (WAVY) – People traveled from all over the country to see the annual Pony Swim on the Eastern Shore Wednesday.

There were a lot of first-time spectators at the event, but those who wanted a really close look had to get muddy. Stephanie Jones isn’t a fan of the water, but is a huge fan of the ponies.

A picture of the Chincoteague Pony Swim, July 30, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Sherry Terry, taken by her father-in-law, who was on one of the fire squad's boats)
A picture of the Chincoteague Pony Swim, July 30, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Sherry Terry, taken by her father-in-law, who was on one of the fire squad’s boats)

“My daughter read the books, and she was really interested in them, so we decided to bring her up here and see the event in full action,” said Jones’ father, Bryan Jones.

And the ponies didn’t disappoint.

Photos: 2014 Pony Swim on the Eastern Shore

For 89 years, the ponies from Assateague Island have made the swim to Chincoteague every last Wednesday in July. And if you ask anyone who’s seen it, they’ll say it never gets old.

“Just to see them swim across the water is just something amazing that you wont see anywhere else,” said a spectator.

And getting to see them up close is a memory spectators won’t soon forget.

“To see it first hand, and to get close to the ponies, is truly amazing, it really is … ,” said another spectator.

Last weekend, wranglers rounded up ponies from the Southern Herd. The small ponies will be auctioned off to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

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