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89th Annual Pony Swim Draws Big Crowd to Chincoteague


CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- The pony swim didn't last long, but for those who got to see the ponies in action, it was certainly a sight to see.

Before the ponies came ashore, onlookers waited anxiously, at the end if Pony Swim Lane, from the marshland the water.

Katelynn Pugh and her family were among them.

"I’m hoping to get the best view sitting here," Pugh said.

Like Pugh, spectators from charter boats were too. From 11:45 a.m. until noon, the Saltwater Cowboys  led a herd of 150 ponies across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague. It was a moment people like Kathy Nighbert, who traveled from New Mexico, will cherish forever.

"I just can't even begin to tell you, it's the thrill of a lifetime," Nighbert said.

Rosa Pinizzotto said she will take these precious memories back home to Rome.

"It's a beautiful experience because Chincoteague is a beautiful island," Pinizzotto.

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, onlookers lined the streets downtown for the pony parade. One pony walked to Main Street alone before the ponies made their big arrival.

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department holds the event every year. The department will hold an auction on carnival grounds Thursday at 8 a.m. Nighbert supports the fundraiser that helps the animals.

" I think it's a well spent time and planning on preserving these horses," Nighbert said.

Some of the proceeds will provide veterinary services for the ponies.

Adult ponies will swim back to Assateague Island Friday.

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