Saturday Performances in the CCI Warm-Up Ring, plus 9:00 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 4-H 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.
The ponies range in age from 3 to 18, and riders from age 16 to 30-something 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 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 2018 Chincoteague Pony Drill Team riders and ponies:
Abby riding Misty’s Irish Mist
A.J. riding Misty’s Heart of the Storm
Elise riding Misty’s ThunderStorm
Emily riding Misty’s MoonShine
Georgia riding Chincoteague Surf n Turf
Kerra riding Chincoteague Cowboy
Madison riding Misty’s Morning Glory
Sundene riding Chincoteauge Teaguer