Spring And Fall Round-up

Spring And Fall Round-up

Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company
Spring & Fall Round-up Info

Dates typically announced in January.  Please check back for confirmed dates.
Update from Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company - (January 9, 2020) - Spring Roundup dates are April 17 - 18, 2020 - UPDATE March 23 - Spring Roundup will still take place for the health and safety of the ponies with limited Saltwater Cowboys. Public is asked not to attend and as of Noon March 24, non-residents and visitors are not allowed on Chincoteague Island due to COVID-19 precautions. Please adhere to these restrictions.

***Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Partial Closure During Pony Spring Health Check***

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will be closed for a portion of the day on both April 17 and April 18 to allow the
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company to conduct its spring health check on the Chincoteague ponies.

• On Friday April 17, the Refuge will close at 2 p.m. to allow Saltwater Cowboys the
opportunity to set up and move animals into the South Corral for health checks.

• On Saturday April 18, the Refuge will open at approximately noon, opening earlier if the
South Corral work is completed and ponies are released to the grazing area. However, the
Service Road from the Wildlife Loop to the North Corral will be closed April 18 for the
remainder of the day to allow for health check operations at the North Corral.

• While these health checks are normally available 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 Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company also can conduct their activities with fewer
personnel under this closure, 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. We urge visitors to adhere to the Town of
Chincoteague’s Executive Order and CDC guidelines and stay safe. www.fws.gov


Dates typically announced on Auction Day of Pony Swim week. Please check back for confirmed dates.
Update from Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company holds two other round ups during the year besides the July Pony Penning Round Up; one in the spring and one in the fall. The purpose of these two extra round ups is to perform an overall health check on the ponies and to identify any new foals that have been born since Pony Penning. The round ups usually take place in April and October on a Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The April round-up is when the buybacks from the previous auction will be removed from the Carnival grounds and released back onto the south end of Assateague to live out their lives.

On Friday afternoon (around 4:30pm), the Saltwater Cowboys will round up the southern herd of ponies and corral them into the south pen located in front of the Woodland Trail parking lot, on road going out to the beach on Assateague. This round up usually takes about two hours and there is plenty of parking access for spectators on Beach Road to view the round up across the marsh or at the corral. If you park in the Woodland Trail parking lot, please know that once the gates are open for the ponies to enter the corral, your vehicle will not be able to leave the parking lot until all the ponies are in the corral and the gates are closed. The ponies will remain in the corral overnight, so there are plenty of photo opportunities. 

Saturday morning (around 7:00am) the Saltwater Cowboys head up the Service Road to round up the northern herd of ponies and corral them in the north pen. This round up takes about 5-6 hours because of the number of ponies in the northern herd and the amount of land that has to be covered to round them up. Parking is available at the Wildlife Loop parking lot. The public is allowed to walk up the Service Road to the cattle grate at any time of the day. Please be aware that this requires a three-mile walk one way (6 miles round trip) on a gravel road. Access farther north will be permitted after round up activities are completed.

While the Saltwater Cowboys are rounding up the north herd on Saturday morning, our veterinarian staff is busy doing checks on the ponies in the south corral. The vet team does a basic overall health check of each pony and administers inoculations against West Nile and Equine Encephalitis, as well as deworming and hoof and teeth checks. After vet checks are completed with the south herd, the ponies are released back into the wild and the vet team heads up to the northern corral to perform the same services on the northern herd. Once complete, they are also released into the wild to roam and await the next round up.

Fall Pick Ups - Foals will be available for pick up at the Carnival Grounds on Saturday, October 19th between 3:00pm-4:00pm. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR BILL OF SALE AND PHOTO ID - NO RECIEPT AND ID - NO PONY - NO EXCEPTIONS!

Fall Round Up Late Born Foals - Within a few days after the fall round up, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company will announce what late born foals (foals that have been born since Pony Penning) are available for purchase. Foals will be sold through a silent bid process.

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