Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Spring & Fall Roundup Information
SOUTH HERD - March 31 at 4:30 p.m.
Friday afternoon (4:30 p.m.) 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 approx. one-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 and Saltwater Cowboys 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 (7 a.m.) 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.The veterinary team performs 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 the herds are released back into the wild to roam and await the next round up.
Fall Roundup will take place September 29 and 30. Times TBD.
Late Born Foal Sale - Contact Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.