The Chincoteague Pony Drill Team

PonySalute Andrea Collins

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.

Meet the Riders!

Katye —Riding since she was two, one of Katye’s first ponies was a Chincoteague that other people had given up on, she turned it into a champion and spent many years in her youth riding and enjoying the thrill of a special pony. Today she trains horses and teaches riding skills, when not out competing herself.

Kenneth —was one of those kids that believed having a pony was an essential part of life, and has never outgrown the thrill of riding. He competes in gaming, with a champion quarter horse today, but still keeps his ties in with Chincoteague ponies and works at training them on the family farm. He is also an accomplished farrier when he isn’t serving in the National Guard.

Georgia —A graduate in Equine journalism, she started riding when she was 7, and has never stopped. She loves being on the drill team because she loves the good natured Chincoteague ponies. When not competing with one of her other horses, you can usually find her working with aChincoteague.

Megan —Her story with horses started out with working with minis, but she soon fell in love with the Chincoteague ponies, and has been working with them since the start of her volunteering at the Chincoteague Pony Centre several  years ago. She has been a member of the team for years and enjoys showcasing Chincoteagues in parades and drills.

Emily —started taking riding lessons when she was in 6th grade and was “hooked on” horses for life.  A friend where she worked offered to help her get back into it in 2010 and she has been riding ever since,  She loves Chincoteague ponies and thinks riding in drill is a fantastic way to experience riding—the group riding as one creating shapes and patterns, while people watch what this special breed of ponies can do.

Shelby —No stranger to horses, she has had one since she was a little girl, but her love for Chincoteague ponies evolved thru volunteering to work with the ponies and being a part of the drill team. When not working as a Medic, you can usually find her riding a horse.

PonyDrill Andrea Collins