Wild Ponies Make Their Annual Swim to Chincoteague

During the annual Chincoteague pony swim July 24, 'cowboys' herded wild ponies across the Assateague Channel from Assateague Island to Chincoteague in Virginia.

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Wild ponies were herded toward the fairgrounds after they swam across the Assateague Channel during their annual swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague on July 24, 2013 in Virginia.
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Crowds wait to see the wild ponies swim across the Assateague Channel. Every year, a number of wild ponies are rounded up on the national wildlife refuge to be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.
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Jo Lenentine sits in a hammock under a dock to watch the wild ponies during their annual swim. Ponies are rounded up and sold to reduce overcrowding in the wild herd, ensuring the remaining ponies have enough to eat.
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People watch as wild ponies are herded toward the fairgrounds after they swam across the Assateague Channel.
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People cross the marsh in the pouring rain after watching the wild ponies' swim.
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People stand in the marsh as a storm approaches while waiting for the wild ponies to take to the water.
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Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel during a rain storm for their annual swim.
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Wild ponies are herded into the Assateague Channel.
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Whereas 2012's pony swim occurred on a day with a brilliant blue sky, this year's event coincided with a rain storm. Every year the wild ponies are rounded up on the national wildlife refuge to be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.
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Wild ponies swim across the Assateague Channel, traveling from Assateague Island to Chincoteague, Va.
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Wild ponies swim across the Assateague Channel during a rain storm.
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People stand in the marsh as the storm approaches.
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Crowds gathered to watch the wild ponies make their swim.
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Children sit on the dock to watch the wild ponies' annual swim.
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Women cross the marsh to get a better view of the ponies.
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People watch as wild ponies are herded toward the fairgrounds in Chincoteague, Va., after the ponies swam across the Assateague Channel.
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Wild ponies are herded toward the fairgrounds.
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A woman wades through the marsh to get a better view of the wild ponies during their annual swim.
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Wearing a cowboy hat, Owen Waterfield watches as wild ponies are herded down the street toward the fairgrounds after their swim.
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Every year the wild ponies are rounded up on the national wildlife refuge to be auctioned off by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.
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