Date(s) - 07/29/2021
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The annual pony auction raises funds for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company and for the veterinary care of the ponies. The auction also serves to help control the pony population on Chincoteague Island. Foals will be auctioned at 8am on the Carnival grounds, and winners will receive certificates of purchase from the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.
Select ponies, designated as “buy backs,” will also be auctioned, but returned to the herd to help maintain the population. Each winner of a “buy back” pony gets to name their adopted pony, and proceeds from the auction are donated to regional charity. The “buy back” auctions are typically the most popular at this event, so if you’re interested in naming a Chincoteague pony be ready to bid!
A few tips to remember:
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 great idea as bleachers will not be available due to insurance restrictions.
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.
For an idea of how much ponies go for in auction, visit our Pony Auction page.