Chincoteague Ponies make annual swim
Jul 26, 2012
CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND - After reading Marguerite Henry's "Misty of Chincoteague" in May, Domenica George of Cleveland had to visit the island.
The next month, the 9-year-old horse lover came to town with family members to see Chincoteague ponies for the first time.
"We fell in love with the horses in just a few days," George said.
On Wednesday morning, she joined her 7-year-old sister, Alayna, and father, Tony, to watch the ponies once more at the 87th annual Pony Swim.
A steady breeze and mild temperatures greeted tens of thousands of spectators as they gathered at Pony Swim Lane and Memorial Park to watch the world-famous herd swim across Assateague Channel. About 140 ponies were led into the water by the Saltwater Cowboys, honorary members of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which owns and maintains the ponies.
The trek to Chincoteague began at 9 a.m. and lasted a little more than six minutes, one of the longest swim times in recent years.