The Chincoteague Pony has long enchanted the minds and hearts of generations. Immortalized by Marguerite Henry's classic books, as well as Breyer models, these hardy ponies have called Virginia's Assateague Island their home since the 17th century. They were likely brought to Assateague by early area settlers who turned their horses loose to graze on the island (although there are tales of the ponies coming to the island by shipwreck).
Whatever their origin, Asateague's population of ponies has thrived. Surviving on the marsh grasses, these ponies typically stand 12-13hh and often have pinto coloring. The herd is owned the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, and every summer the "Saltwater Cowboys" round up the ponies for their annual Pony Penning. After a swim across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Isalnd, some of the foals are auctioned off, which keeps the herd at a healthy and sustainable size.
Beachcomber is a Chincoteague Pony mare sporting a lovely pinto coat. A limited edition of only 3,000 pieces, scoop her up before she swims away!