Spring And Fall Roundup

Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Spring & Fall Roundup Information

2022 FALL ROUNDUP INFORMATION - September 29 & 30, 2022  

[Update 9/28/2022] - Due to the forecasted remnants of Hurricane Ian, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company has changed the fall roundup schedule of Chincoteague Ponies to Thursday, September 29 & Friday, September 30 to perform overall health checks on and administer vaccinations. 

The SOUTH Herd Roundup will be on Thursday, September 29 at 5pm and the NORTH Herd Roundup will be on Friday, September 30 at 3pm. 

 Please plan accordingly.   

 2023 SPRING ROUNDUP INFORMATION - Dates typically announced in January. Please check back for confirmed dates.  

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. 

Thursday afternoon (around 5:00pm), 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 are in the corral and the gates are closed. The ponies will remain in the corral overnight, so there are plenty of photo opportunities. 

Friday afternoon (around 3:00pm) 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 Pick Ups can be picked up at the Carnival Grounds either Friday or Saturday. 

Late Born Foal Sale - Contact Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.