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Auction Day

Participating in the Pony Auction

The following information is for those who plan to bid for a pony during the auction. The auction begins at 8 am on July 31, 2014 at the Carnival Grounds.

1. Be there early if you wish to bid on a pony. The crowds are huge and you will want a space as close to the front as possible.

2. Wear a sun hat and sunscreen. Bring plenty to drink. A pencil and paper are always useful. A camera is nice. A folding chair is a good idea since the bleachers fill up quickly.

3. You do not have to register for the auction. If you raise your hand during the auctioneer's chant, you ARE MAKING A BID.

4. Price history for ponies:

  • 2013 - 54 ponies sold, average cost $2,161.58, high bid $12,000, low bid $650, total sales $116,725
  • 2012 - 67 ponies sold, average cost $1,442.16, high bid $7,200, low bid $400, total sales $96,625
  • 2011 - 69 ponies sold, average cost $1,442.02, high bid $6,700, low bid $450, total sales $99,500
  • 2010 - 59 ponies sold, average cost $1,310.00, high bid $8,100, low bid $375, total sales $77,275.
  • 2009 - 70 ponies sold, average cost $1,344.29, high bid $11,700, low bid $500, total sales $94,100.
  • 2008 - 74 ponies sold, average cost $1,413.85, high bid of $9,500, low bid of $400. Total sales were $104,625.
  • 2007 - 73 ponies sold (70 foals, 3 yearlings), average cost $2,442.47 (Record), high bid of $17,500.00 (Record), low bid of $700.00. Total sales were $178,300.00 (Record)
  • 2006 - 78 ponies sold, average cost $2150.64, high bid of $7500, low bid of $350 (3 yr old). Total sales were $167,750
  • 2005 - 66 ponies sold, average cost $2255.30, high bid of $8000.00, low bid of $900.00. Total sales were $148,850.00.
  • 2004 - 74 ponies sold, average cost $1618.24, high bid of $4000.00, low bid of $850.00. Total sales were $119,750.00.
  • 2003 - 71 ponies sold, average cost of $1798.59, high bid of  $6,600.00, low bid of $1000.00. Total sales were $127,700.00.
  • 2002 - The average price for the ponies sold was $1,818.00. The highest priced foal went for $7,800.00, and the lowest successful bid was $950.00. Total sale was $161,800 for 89 foals. Six "turnback" foals were sold for a total of $34,000.00. Turnbacks are returned to Assateague to replenish and upgrade the herd. Buyers are photographed with the turnbacks and will receive official registration papers, although any offspring of turnbacks will belong to the fire company.
  • 2001 - The average price for the ponies sold was $1,961.00. The highest priced foal went for $10,500.00, and the lowest successful bid was $1000.00. Total sale was $166,725.00 for 85 ponies.
  • 2000 - The average price for the ponies sold was $2,060.00. The highest priced foal went for $7,500.00, and the lowest successful bid was $1300.00. Total sale was $173,085.00 for 84 foals sold.
  • 1999 - The average price for ponies sold was $1,620.00. 86 ponies were sold. The lowest price was $800.00, and the highest price was $4,200.00.

5. Your transportation home for your new foal must be approved by the pony committee. (A horse trailer). Ponies must be picked up by 5 pm Friday.

6. The only acceptable forms of payment are Visa, Mastercard, and CASH. The Fire Department will not accept checks!

7. Registration of ponies purchased at auction - from the Chincoteague Pony Association.

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