Saturday Performances at 1:30 and 2:30 in the CCI Warm-Up Ring, plus 9:30 AM Sunday, in the William duPont, Jr. Main Arena
About The Chincoteague Pony Drill Team:
After seeing a drill team competition at the Kentucky Horse Park in 1998, coach Kendy Allen came up with the idea of having a Chincoteague Pony Drill Team–made up of all Chincoteague ponies, both veterans of the swim and descendants of Misty, the most famous Chincoteague pony of all. Then a 4h leader, she asked some of the youth if they were interested in learning a drill on some of the Allen family Chincoteague ponies, and the rest is history.
Today the drill team can perform with anywhere from 3 to 12 ponies as part of the team, and have performed and competed at such places as the Kentucky Horse Park, Equitana USA, Virginia State Fair, and the Delaware Horse Expo, just to name a few. They have performed in numerous parades, winning best of parade, and have delighted audiences everywhere who have come to watch the “mystique” of the Chincoteague as a trained beautiful show pony. In the summers members of the team perform nightly as part of the Pony Show at the Chincoteague Pony Centre in Chincoteague.
The ponies range in age from four to 18, and riders from age 16 to thirtysomething and beyond. They showcase the ponies as something far more than just wild horses to see in the distance on the island of Assateague. They are very versatile, intelligent, hardy, and easy going large ponies with the heart and soul of a horse.
The Chincoteague Pony Drill team will have performances at 1:30 and at 2:30 on Saturday in the CCI Warm Up Ring. You can watch the ponies drill, perform and race in this fast paced half hour show that showcases the beautiful ponies from the island in Virginia. Meet both “veterans of the swim” as well as descendants of Misty of Chincoteague as the ponies compete in their own little show. They will also perform their Drill Team performance on Sunday morning in the Main Arena.
The 2017 Chincoteague Pony Drill Team riders and ponies:
- Kerra riding Chincoteague Cowboy (veteran of the swim)
- Katye riding Misty’s Heart of the Storm (descendant of of Misty)
- Georgia riding Chincoteague Surf n turf—(veteran of the swim)
- Abby riding Misty’s Irish Mist (descendant of Misty)
- Donnie riding Misty’s Morning Glory (descendant of Misty)
- Megan riding Misty’s Icicle (descendant of Misty)
- Hope riding Chincoteague Teaguer (veteran of the swim)