The Chincoteague Legacy Group was founded in May, 2015 as a means of uniting lovers of Chincoteague Ponies to accomplish a shared goal – the donation of a Buy Back pony at the 2015 Wild Pony Auction. Knowing the cost of such ponies was high, the motto “many hands make light work” was adopted, and the power of social media brought astounding results.
In the course of two months, more than $26,000 was raised by donors across the world. All ages chipped in, from Grandparents donating in the name of their grandchildren to little boys and girls breaking the piggy bank to donate their hard-earned dollars. What began as a far-fetched dream became a miraculous reality.
The 2015 Pony Auction was a history-making one, with the Chincoteague Legacy Group setting a new record bid. For $25,000, the group was able to sponsor the wild life of a beautiful black and white filly, one of the last descendants of the recently departed “King of Assateague,” Surfer Dude.
Lovers of Chincoteague Ponies as they are, the Chincoteague Legacy Group was beyond thrilled to help preserve the memory and lineage of one of the island’s most famous stallions.
In addition to their Buy Back goal, the Chincoteague Legacy Group was proud to donate $2,267 to the Chincoteague Pony Rescue, a wonderful organization helping neglected, abandoned, or abused Chincoteague Ponies.
The once hard-to-imagine dream has inspired many, and has even inspired thoughts of the year to come!
Consider joining the Chincoteague Legacy Group and helping us make history and more amazing memories in 2016.
“Let’s buy a wild pony!”
Was the plan of just a few
When word got out, we all jumped in
There was much to do.
A lot of lovely ladies,
A gentleman or two
All pitched in, we did our part
To make our dream come true
Our goal was very simple
Though non-believers might say “absurd”
We wanted to buy a “Surfer” foal
And return it to the herd.
The blue eyed little filly
Was our choice right from the start
Though she’ll never know, she
Found her way to every heart.
Donations poured in from far and wide
Large ones and small ones too
Children opened piggy banks
To make their dreams come true.
Pony Penning week finally came,
With so many of us there.
The little island of Chincoteague
Could not have been prepared.
Then auction day finally came,
And we would wait no more
Anxiously we waited
For them to bring her to the floor.
Three men it took to hold her
As she danced around the ring
One fireman nearly air born…
She was a wild thing!
A record bid, and history’s made
Our mission now is done.
We storm the field
We hug and kiss
And love our little one.
So now we bid farewell to you
And send you on your way
But we’ll be back to check on you
And we’ll pray for you each day.
By Lisa Manfredi Mutchler