Pony Auction Day

Pony Auction Day

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 26, 2018 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:

  • 2017 - 62 ponies sold (10 including buybacks), average cost $3,385, high bid $15,000, low bid $1,100, total sales $209,900 (Record)
     
  • 2016 – 57 ponies sold (including 7 buybacks), average cost $2,659, high bid $11,000, low bid $550, total sales $151,550
  • 2015 - 61 ponies sold (including 12 buybacks), average cost $2,780 (Record), high bid $25,000 (Record), 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 $1,818.00, high bid $7,800, low bid $950, total sales $161,800. Six "buyback" foals were sold for a total of $34,000.00.
     
  • 2001 - 85 ponies sold, average cost $1,961.00, high bid $10,500, low bid $1,000, total sales $166,725
     
  • 2000 - 84 ponies sold, average cost $2,060.00, high bid $7,500, low bid $1,300, total sales $173,085
     
  • 1999 - 86 ponies sold, average cost $1,620.00, high bid $4,200, low bid of $800

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!


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.

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