Online Pony Auction Days July 23-30, 2020
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For Immediate release
Charles Town, WV, June 29, 2020
For the first time since WWII, the Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction has been cancelled. Officials in Virginia cancelled the annual event and associated activities due to Covid-19. The swim would have marked its 95th year.
The auction will be an entirely online event hosted by longtime Chincoteague auctioneer Tim Jennings and his wife, Cathy, through their company, SportHorseAuctions.com, LLC. “We would much rather be in Chincoteague, with our Island family”, said Tim Jennings, “but we are happy to offer our services with our online platform”.
Dates of the auction have been set, with bidding opening Thursday, July 23rd and closing Thursday, July 30. The dates were chosen to keep as much continuity as possible, since July 30th would have been the date of the live auction.
Prospective buyers will need to go to the auction website, and create an account. They will then need to request a bidder’s number in order to bid. Please visit the website at SportHorseAuctions.com for more information.
The SportHorseAuctions.com team produces North America's Leading Online Auctions for Horses. The management team pioneered internet auctions for horses and has produced nearly 80 Internet Auctions since 2012 boasting a high seller of $226,000.
Tim and Cathy are the industry's most experienced show horse auction managers. Our team managed more than 380 live horse auctions selling over 80,000 horses since 1978. Tim’s previous firm, Professional Auction Services, was the largest show horse auction company in the world, by number of horses sold for 15 years.
For more information, contact SportHorseAuctions.com LLC at info@SportHorseAuctions.com.
CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE INFORMATION
Plan Ahead! The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will be closing for a portion of the day on July 27 and July 28, to allow the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company to conduct summer health checks of the Chincoteague ponies.
🐴 On Monday, July 27, the Service Road north of "D" Dike will close to all public access. Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) permit holders will still have access to "C" Dike for fishing. Hikers and bicyclists will still have access to "D" Dike to get to the beach. The Service Road may reopen in the afternoon, if the health check activities at the northern corral finish early.
🐴 On Tuesday July 28, the refuge will close to all public access from 5 am until Noon; opening earlier if the health check activities at the southern corral finish early.
While these health checks are normally open to the public to view ponies, the refuge, in an abundance of caution and concern for the health and well-being of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, has decided to close during this time, so people won't be tempted to congregate at the corrals. The temporary closures also allow the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company to conduct their activities with fewer personnel, allowing them to ensure Fire Company personnel are available to the community for priority needs.
The Refuge will continue to provide accessible outdoor recreation opportunities aligning with current federal, state and local guidelines.
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR RELEASE ON THE 2020 CARNIVAL & PONY PENNING CELEBRATION - May 18, 2020
From: Alex Tucker, President of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and after carefully analyzing the three Phases as set forth by Governor Northam for opening Virginia, the Board of Directors of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company voted to cancel the 2020 Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival & Pony Penning celebration scheduled to begin July 2, 2020. Please understand that this was not an easy decision to make, with the last pony penning being cancelled over 78 years ago during the second World War. We know how much this community loves this fire company and supports our carnival but with the restrictions put into the phases to prevent the spread of the corona virus, it was the only logical decision to make.
With this said, the foals of the pony herd will be sold by way of online auction, with a date to be determined by the Pony Committee. Plans are still being arranged as to where the ponies will physically be during the auction and we encourage you to keep a close watch on the developments as plans are made public on the auction. Our longtime auctioneer Tim Jennings will be conducting the auction and it should be a positive event for this fire company.
I pray all of you are staying safe, and please don’t hesitate to call us if you need us. We will always be here for you!
Alex Tucker, President
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
INFORMATION BELOW THIS LINE IS NOT APPLICABLE IN 2020
Participating in the Pony Auction
Pony Express trolley service will run from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. for the Pony Auction. View trolley brochure and schedule.
The following information is for those who plan to bid for a pony during the auction. The auction begins at 8 am on July 25, 2019 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 great idea since there will be no the bleachers available due to insurance restrictions. UPDATED 7/17/2019.
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:
- 2020 (COVID-19 Online Auction) - 68 ponies; average cost $5,705 (record); high bid $28,250 (record); low bid $1,800 (record); Total sales=$388,000 (record)
- 2019 - 57 ponies sold, average cost $4,767, high bid $17,500, low bid $1,400, total sales $271,700
- 2018 - 53 ponies sold (including 10 buybacks which sold for $93,100), average cost $4,309, high bid $20,000, low bid $1,000, total sales $228,400
- 2017 - 62 ponies sold (including 10 buybacks), average cost $3,385.48, high bid $15,000, low bid $1,100, total sales $209,900
- 2016 – 57 ponies sold (including 7 buybacks), average cost $2,658.77, high bid $11,000, low bid $550, total sales $151,550
- 2015 - 61 ponies sold (including 12 buybacks), average cost $2,779, high bid $25,000, low bid $500, total sales $169,519
- 2014 - 54 ponies sold, average cost $2,772.23, high bid $21,000, low bid $750, total sales $149,700
- 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 $9,500, low bid $400, total sales $104,625
- 2007 - 73 ponies sold (70 foals, 3 yearlings), average cost $2,442.47, high bid $17,500, low bid $700, total sales $178,300
- 2006 - 78 ponies sold, average cost $2,150.64, high bid $7,500, low bid $350 (3 yr old), total sales $167,750
- 2005 - 66 ponies sold, average cost $2,255.30, high bid $8,000, low bid $900, total sales $148,850
- 2004 - 74 ponies sold, average cost $1,618.24, high bid $4,000, low bid $850, total sales $119,750
- 2003 - 71 ponies sold, average cost $1,798.59, high bid $6,600, low bid $1,000, total sales $127,700
- 2002 - 89 ponies sold, average cost $1,816.29, high bid $7,800, low bid $950, total sales $161,8650 Six "buyback" foals were sold for a total of $34,000.
- 2001 - 85 ponies sold, average cost $1,963.00, high bid $10,500, low bid $1,000, total sales $166,925
- 2000 - 84 ponies sold, average cost $2,060.54, high bid $7,500, low bid $1,300, total sales $173,085
- 1999 - 86 ponies sold, average cost $1,620.93, high bid $4,100, low bid of $800, total sales $139,400
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 Company will not accept checks!
Buybacks 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.