The annual Wild Pony Swim at Chincoteague took place this year on July 26th. The swim itself took 18 minutes. 62 ponies went through the annual auction, with the highest price pony bringing $15,000 and the average price running about $3,400.
The fire company uses some of the proceeds from the auction to provide veterinary care for the ponies throughout the year. Money raised from the sale of “buy back ponies” is donated to a chosen charity.