You might have noticed that my blogs this past week have not been as in depth or chatty as usual. I've been caring for a cat who lost his litter-mate of 18 years; their people had a long-planned vacation scheduled, and I have been trying to comfort and provide solace to Tugger, who misses Sasquatch very much. I was going to be at home this week, going to feed the two boys twice a day, and walk Rosie in the morning. I'm staying with Tugger, walking Rosie, visiting and walking Tessa three times a day, and fitting in a few hours with my kits whenever possible. That hasn't allowed me much time to comb for photos and reports about Pony Penning to be able to share with you. Of course, I'll be on Chincoteague for the two next Pony Pennings, and will not be able to post while I'm there.... It will be a true vacation!
There were ten designated "buy back" foals in the 54, and one was specified for the Chincoteague Public Library. A "buy back" foal is one that the CVFC Pony Committee has decided is very handsome or beautiful, might have unusual markings, and/or has an old bloodline that needs to be continued for the diversity of the herds. An announcement is made, prior to the beginning of the bidding, that the pony is a designated "buy back" - people may bid on the pony, name it, and have their photo taken with it; but the pony then returns to Assateague as a permanent member of the herds. The highest priced foal ever at the auction happened this year - a black and white pinto filly was a "buy back" purchase at $21,000.