Ponies swim across islands in annual event in Virginia

More than 200 ponies swam from Assateague Island to neighboring Chincoteague Island in the 92nd Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim event on Virginia's eastern shore on Wednesday morning.

The distance covered was under 1,000 yards, and the foals were sold at an auction the following day.

The Chincoteague Ponies are small horses that live in the wild on Assateague Island and are considered docile and resilient.

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Ponies swim to the eastern shore of Chincoteague Island during the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Kayakers row their way to a viewing spot before the the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Ponies swim to the eastern shore of Chincoteague Island during the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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A young Saltwater Cowboy sits on a pony barge as Assateague wild ponies cross the Assateague Channel during the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Ponies swim to the eastern shore of Chincoteague Island during the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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A young boy contemplates his next move as he trudges through knee deep marsh mud to view the Assateague wild ponies' arrival during the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Ponies swim to the eastern shore of Chincoteague Island during the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Spectators gather on the shore early in the morning to watch the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Ponies wade to the eastern shore of Chincoteague Island during the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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People await the pony parade after the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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An Assateague wild pony swims across the Assateague Channel during the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Spectators hike through the mud of the low-tide swamp early in the morning to reach the eastern shore of Chincoteague Island for the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Spectators watch the ponies swim to the eastern shore of Chincoteague Island during the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Ponies swim to the eastern shore of Chincoteague Island during the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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The pony parade processes down the street after the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Ponies wade to the eastern shore of Chincoteague Island during the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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A flare is set off signaling the commencement of the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Jo Lenentine (left) and her daughter Angie McDowell relax in hammocks beneath a dock to watch the 92nd annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Chincoteague, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Saltwater Cowboys parade Assateague wild ponies through the town during the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Saltwater Cowboys drive Assateague wild ponies into the Assateague Channel during the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Spectators try to pet and feed an Assateague wild pony after it crossed the Assateague Channel during the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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Spectators watch as Assateague wild ponies play after they crossed the Assateague Channel during the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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The US Coast Guard lights off red flares to signal a slack tide and the beginning of the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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A Saltwater Cowboy leads an Assateague wild pony through the marsh during the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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A group of spectators try to find an easy way through the marsh mud to view the Assateague wild ponies' arrival during the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, on July 26, 2017.

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