Monday, July 15, 2019

Pony Penning Week 2019 - Updated Activities Schedule

Pony Penning Week is fast approaching, and a lot of people are getting excited.  The week (actually 9 nights and 7 days) of activities, can actually start being counted on Friday night, July 19th, with the evening opening of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company's Carnival, and ends with the closing of the Carnival on Saturday night/Sunday morning of July 27th.
   On Saturday, the 20th of July, there is a slight change this year:  the round-up of the herds in the Southern compartment used to begin in the afternoon; this year it is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. (This has already brought some complaints from people who will be in transit that morning - but there is plenty to see and do the entire week.)  There are currently three groups in the south - Riptide's herd, the Don Leonard Stud II's herd, and the group of yearlings that are the 2018 Buy Back ponies.  Once the ponies are rounded up, they can be viewed at the main corrals on Beach Road on Assateague Island in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.  The Carnival is open Saturday night.

   Sunday morning, the herds in the Northern compartment will be rounded up and gathered together.  I believe that the bus seats have all been sold out, so if you wish to see the herds in the northern holding corral, you will need to hike 2.5 miles north up the Service Road off  of the Wildlife Loop.  This is not a road open to personal vehicles.  You will have to walk there, and walk back.  Take lots of water for hydration and lots of insect repellent, if you choose to walk.
   Monday morning, 22 July, at dawn, the Saltwater Cowboys will move the northern herds east across Assateague to the Atlantic surf.  There, the ponies will be herded south along the beach to the CNWR/Assateague National Seashore parking lot, and then west along Beach Road to the main corrals, where the southern herds are gathered.

   Monday afternoon and Tuesday, the herds will be in the main corrals.  The veterinarians on call, with their vet technicians, will check each and every pony for fitness.  The foals' blood will be drawn for Coggins' testing (so new owners can transport the babies across state lines later in the week).  The vets will decided which ponies are too young, too old, or in such condition as to warrant a trailer ride to the Chincoteague  Carnival Grounds instead of swimming.  (Unci, an older mare with a swayback due to a genetic condition, is usually trailered over, along with very pregnant mares, or those with cuts, scrapes, or other things indicating transport versus swimming.)  This is a great time and place to take photos - however, the board fencing can make photography difficult.  If you have a step-stool or a short ladder, you might wish to take it along for good photos with fencing in the view.
(Riptide & Ajax)

   Wednesday morning, 24 July, is the actual Pony Swim Day.  I have heard that it will occur between 8:30 and 10:30 that morning - but the time is always subject to change.  The ponies swim when the US Coast Guard declares the tide running between the islands is "slack" - when it is not moving north or south, when it can carry the ponies away.  The time of slack tide can be influenced by local storms. Some people are at the swim area by 5 a.m., others arrive later.  It is very hot and humid beside the Assateague Channel, and there are quite a few cases of heat exhaustion each year in the crowds along the Channel.  Please take plenty of water to hydrate everyone in your party... 
   The Swim itself takes about 3 minutes from the time a pony enters the water from Assateague until it stands on solid ground on Chincoteague.  The first foal to reach Chincoteague is declared King or Queen Neptune (depending on gender) and is raffled off in a drawing.  Tickets are being sold now, and will be sold up until an hour before the actual drawing.
   Once all ponies are ashore on Chincoteague, and King or Queen Neptune has been marked, the ponies are given a 45 to 60 minute rest period.  Then the Saltwater Cowboys herd them along Beebe Road and the north on Main Street to the Carnival Grounds - the Pony Penning Parade on Main Street.  The Pony Committee of the CVFC will decide the choices of sexes for replacement breeding stock needed on the island due to deaths and illnesses. The Pony Committee members, along with the vets, will have been looking at the foals and evaluating bloodlines, conformation and coloring, and they will choose the foals to be designated as Buy Backs on those criteria.  The Carnival will open about 90 minutes after the ponies are in the pens on Main Street, and will stay open until 11.

   The Pony Auction begins at 8 o'clock on Thursday, 25 July, with foals being sold to the highest bidder.  Payment to the CVFC in the amount of the winning bid, must be paid in cash, with Travelers' Checks, or through a Visa or Mastercard payment.  No other types of payment are accepted.  Most foals will travel to new (hopefully, "forever") homes, but the designated Buy Backs stay on the islands.  If you purchase a designated Buy Back pony, you receive a tax write-off for the amount of purchase, as you are essentially giving your money to the CVFC for the naming of the foal.  The CVFC will maintain the foal throughout it's life and will be able to sell any foals that pony produces as it grows older.
   If you purchase a pony to take home with you, you will receive a sales receipt,  a veterinary report, and a care booklet, plus other donated "goodies" (these change from year to year).  You are expected to provide approved transportation from the Carnival Grounds by noon on Saturday, 27 July.  If the foal you purchase is too young to separate from it's mother, you must return in October for the Fall Round-Up and have transportation for your foal at that time.   The Carnival will be open Thursday afternoon and evening.

   On Friday, 26 July, the ponies living in the southern compartment will make the return swim from Chincoteague back to Assateague on the morning's slack tide.  The expected swim time for Friday is announced Thursday night at the Carnival.   Ponies from the north end will be trailered back to Assateague during the day.  The Carnival is open Friday night.

   The Carnival will be open the evening of Saturday the 27th of July, and drawings for all of the raffles will occur just before closing.   
   And Chincoteague can settle back into it's usual summertime routine once again.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

An Encounter I Walked Away From...

The bus service in Boulder is very different on the weekend, as opposed to weekdays.  Saturday services begin two hours later, ans Sunday service begins three hours later.  Early and late, both days, there is only service once an hour; service ends much earlier on the weekend, and on Sunday, some routes don't run at all.  Route times also change quarterly, according to ridership levels, so when I start working at a place where I haven't been in six months, and I need to travel to the client's home twice I day, I have to try and gauge my first weekend travels carefully.
  Yesterday was my first Saturday in six months traveling to a specific home.  In he morning, I feed the fish in the back yard pond; release the hens from their coop, gather eggs, spread chicken scratch in various places, and clean the coop of overnight droppings; then I feed and water the cats inside, let the cats out for the day, and fill their water bowls.  In the evening, I put the hens into the coop, check for eggs hidden around the yard, and get the cats in for the night.
   Knowing the regular buses wouldn't run early enough for me to do morning chores, I walked to the Hop stop, which started running at 7 a.m.  I figured if I caught the first Hop bus, I could then make the connection with the first Skip bus at 7:09.  Nope.  The Hop picked me up at 7:05, we stopped at the next stop and another woman boarded with her service dog; it took her 3 minutes to get settled into her seat so the bus could start moving again.  She walked past me to find a seat (I was the only person on the bus, other than the driver).  This woman reeked of musty, sour sweat and both cigarette and marijuana smoke.  I almost gagged as she walked by.  Her service dog looked like a Yorkshire terrier cross, and was wearing a little red coat, but without any other identifying info.  As we traveled along, her odor permeated the entire bus.  I saw the bus driver glance at the woman a few times in the mirror, but she didn't say anything.
   I was very happy when my stop at Broadway and Spruce came.  I cheerfully hopped off the bus and called, "Thank you!" to the driver.  Then I realized the driver was lowering the bus so the other woman could disembark, too.   The woman and her dog followed me to the Skip bus stop.  By that time, it was 7:15, and the next Skip wouldn't come until 7:43.  I sat on the bench, and the woman sat beside me.  I got up and moved to sit on a raised flower bed.  After a few minutes, the dog started tugging at it's leash, and the woman got up, and allowed the male dog to mark everything nearby.  Then she allowed the dog to jump up onto the flower bed and approach me.  When the dog lifted it's leg to urinate on me, I pushed it away and stood up.  She laughed and said, "He likes you."  I said, "Well, that's fine, but that doesn't give him the right to pee on me," and I moved several feet away.  She asked if I was afraid of strangers.  I told her that I have COPD and that smoke will make me have an asthma attack, and that, because she smelled of smoke, I needed to stay a distance away from her.  I pulled out my book, and tried to read, but she kept talking to me and inching closer.
  I looked up when I started to cough and choke, and discovered that she had lit up a doobie the size of a cigar - then she offered me a few hits, telling me it would make me feel better and relax.  I literally ran several feet away from her and told her, "No.  Thank you."  In between puffs, she told me she, too, had COPD, and named five prescriptions that she takes to help her breathe.  She finally ground the roach out on her thumbnail, put it back into a box, then pulled out a filtered cigarette, lit it up, and inhaled deeply, twice. Then she started hacking horribly and coughing up and spitting out phlegm.  I started to gag from her spitting sputum everywhere.  Then she wanted me to "slap" her "back for five minutes" to help her clear her congestion.
   I was a coward.  I didn't reply.  I couldn't because I was retching so much and so hard.  I was lucky not to lose my breakfast.  I walked away and walked the rest of the way to the hens, fish, and cats.   -  In all honesty, I hope I never see this particular person ever again....   

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Two New Foals on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Yesterday afternoon, Ally Kroon and her friend took the afternoon Refuge Bus Tour at the CNWR, hoping to see a few herds of the Chincoteague ponies.  They hit the jackpot - being the first to see foal number 60 - a black tobiano pinto, sired by Ace's Black Tie Affair, and out of Jean Bonde's Bayside Angel. The sex of the foal is not yet known, but Ally Kroon took the following two photos:

  Darcy and Steve Cole, of DSc Photography, decided to make the hike up to the north end of the island, to see if they could see the foal and determine it's sex.  No word so far on foal 60; but hiking north, Darcy did see a new foal (number 61) sired by Ajax with Skylark.  The foal is a bay tobiano pinto, and from the third photo, I'd say that it's a filly...  I'll let you know the sexes of both foals as soon as they are "officially" announced.  The following three photos are by DSC Photography.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Loss of CLG Cowboy Kisses to "Swamp Cancer" a Blow to CVFC

It's official that the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company has lost three mares so far this year.  Two did not appear for the Spring Round-Up in April, and haven't been seen in months, and yesterday, 11 June, the attending veterinarian decided it was best to put down (euthanize) CLG Cowboy Kisses. 

   The first mare to be missed was Carol's Little Freedom, a bay tobiano with one blue eye, born on 22 July 1999.  Her sire was Hurricane, and her dam was Silk and Lace.  She was last seen in early March of 2019. She had been in Hoppy's herd for the last three years.  She was a Buy Back from Carol Smith.  (**Photo by DSC Photography**)

   The second mare to leave us was Cody's Little Jigsaw Puzzle, a bay tobiano, born 5 June 2013.  There are two possible sires for her, Wild Thing, or Tornado's Prince of Tides; her dam was Dakota Sky's Cody Two Socks.  She was a Buy Back who brought a bid of $4,000.  She was in Tornado's Legacy's herd and was definitely with foal when she disappeared a few days before Spring Round-Up in April.  It was assumed she had gone apart to foal and would soon reappear.  Unfortunately, it didn't happen that way.
Jigsaw is at left; Sweetheart at right

  On Wednesday afternoon, 10 July, it was reported that CLG Cowboy Kisses had been spotted with a nasty-looking wound to her hind leg by a client on the Refuge Bus Tour.  It was reported to the CVFC and they asked Darcy Cole to pinpoint her location on Thursday morning so the Saltwater Cowboys could bring her in by trailer to be seen by a veterinarian at the Carnival Grounds.  Darcy found her, and the cowboys and vet were alerted.  She was trailered to Chincoteague, where the CVFC Pony Committee members and the veterinarian decided that the most humane thing to do was to euthanize her.  CLG Cowboy Kisses was  golden palomino, sired by Chief Golden Eagle, and out of Pony Ladies' Sweet Surprise.  She was first seen on 8 April 2017, and the Chincoteague Legacy Group paid $15,000 for this promising Buy Back filly.
   CLG Cowboy Kisses had received all three of the Equine Pythiosis  ("Swamp Cancer") vaccinations given to all members of the CVFC herds.  It was with great sorrow that the attending veterinarian and the CVFC members decided that the cause of the terrible wound to Cowboy Kisses was due to an infection caused by Equine Pythiosis....
CLG Cowboy Kisses at right, in front

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Bits of This and That

No new foals have arrived since 30 June.  We're still expecting quite a few, so there may be a few more before Pony Penning Week (July 20 - 27), and there will probably be about 10 or so born after Pony Penning.  It's hard to believe that two weeks from today the combined herds will be getting their final assessment by the veterinarians before the Pony Swim, and decisions will be in the making on which foals to keep as Buy Backs for the breeding pool.  It also seems very strange not to be gossiping about the foals with Maureen Beebe this year...  Gosh, I miss her!
At the old Beebe homestead - left to right: Paul, Ricky and Clarence (Grandpa) Beebe; 
a Jeffries cousin, and Maureen Beebe.

Spent the last week in Old Town Louisville with two black Labrador Retrievers, Ivy and Esmé.  Esmé's owner has allowed her to revert to grabbing her hand with her mouth again - and she asked me to work with her on it while I was there.  I believe that the problem is the dogs don't see the owner as the pack leader...  As soon as I entered the house to do my week's stay, Esmé tried to grab my hand in her mouth.  I pulled it back, said "No!" in a loud voice, and stomped one foot at the same time I said 'no.'  Esmé did not try to grab my hand again during the entire stay, nor did she reach for peoples' hands as we walked around town and folks petted her.
  Not sure I'm going to continue working for this client. On Friday, the company that mows the lawn and does the edge trimming arrived, and I made certain the dogs were inside and closed and locked the doggie door to the back yard.  I had stepped out onto the porch to let the men know the dogs were safely inside, when the owner called me.  She was in a panic - where was Esmé?  Someone down the street had sent her the photo of a dog she found wandering down the street, and insisted it was Esmé.  I told her that her dog was inside the house, and she asked if I was sure.  I went back inside and sat down on the sofa, and I told her I had a dog sitting on either side of me, and that the identity tags said "Ivy" and "Esmé" so I was pretty sure the dogs were at home and with me...  It was crazy.
Old Town Louisville Main Street - I house-sit 6 blocks from here

A black bear on the outskirts of Boulder found an unlocked Subaru on a hillside driveway.  There were discarded food wrappers and a few left-over snacks in bags on the car's floor.  The bear opened the door of the car and climbed in.  The door closed behind him.  He made a mess of the interior trying to get out, and somehow, finally (using the police description) "butt shifted" the vehicle into reverse.  Since the parking brake was not on, the car rolled down the driveway, across the two lane road and on into a field, hitting several trees before stopping.  The striking of the trees caused the driver's door to pop open and the bear escaped, apparently undamaged....

Been working on genealogies for four sets of people - when I hit a roadblock on one family I switch to another and then head onward again. It's definitely not boring, though some people may think that looking at old records is a terrible way to spend a day and/or night.  My cousin asked me to look at someone in her husband's family, and I started at 2 in the afternoon; at 8 she told me she had named the wrong relative, so I switched my search over to the correct man and worked on him and his family until 4 this morning.  Found myself looking at Tribal Records from the Cherokee Nation, since the family was originally Shawnee, but had been adopted into the Cherokee.  It was extremely interesting!
Blue Jacket, a Chief of the Shawnee

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Foal 59 Arrived the Morning of 30 June

Back in 2014, after Pony Penning, a woman started thinking about the high prices of the Buy Back ponies at the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company's Pony Auction.  "Buy Backs" are ponies that the Fire Company veteran cowboys and members of the Pony Committee, as well as the CVFC veterinarians, recommend as foals that should be kept on the islands for breeding stock in coming years.  These ponies are chosen for their bloodlines, their conformation, and their coat colors; all three are considered.  The other item looked at is how many stallions and mares are on the island, their ages, and any losses (deaths) that have occurred over the past year.  Many times the ponies selected to be "Buy Backs" are ponies that a lot of folks would have liked to purchase and taken home.  But Buy Backs stay on Assateague and Chincoteague for life and will never grace a private stable.  If you purchase a designated Buy Back, you get to name it, receive the certificate saying you purchased it as a Buy Back, and have your photo taken with the foal.  For the rest of the pony's life (and/or your life) you can visit it on the island from a distance.
   But, back to the first sentence.  This woman contacted several friends about setting up a group to purchase ponies and the idea was received enthusiastically.  They put their idea on Facebook, and the group blossomed.  They decided to call themselves "The Chincoteague Legacy Group" and they were in business.  (See  )
   In January or February of 2015, Surfer Dude passed away, and it became known that the foals born to his mares in the Spring and Summer of 2015 would be the last of his get.  On 27 April 2015, Got Milk had a baby that caused a sensation: a black filly with a huge blaze, four white socks and two blue eyes.  She was designated as a Buy Back before the Pony Swim, and fate was set.  The Chincoteague Legacy Group wanted to purchase her, and any other foal(s) they could afford.  That Pony Penning of 2015, there was also a Blue Moon - two full moons in July.
   When that filly came up for bidding, the action was hot and heavy.  When the filly was sold, she was hammered down at the price of  $25,000.00 - and the winning bidder was The Chincoteague Legacy Group.  But before payment was made, the leaders of the group held a quick conference - they had raised $28,500; but other Buy Backs that year were selling for much more. The CLG decided to donate the rest of the money to the CVFC, so they paid out $28,500 for the blue-eyed filly black with the blaze.  She was named CLG Surfer's Blue Moon, and has the highest purchase price of any Buy Back pony so far. She is called just plain "Blue."
  Blue had her second foal on 30 June - foal number 59.  The sire is Tornado's Prince of Tides, and the foal is a bright chestnut with four stockings and a large blaze.  Sex is unknown, as yet, and Blue and the foal (escorted by Auntie Dakota Sky) were too far away to see if the baby has a touch of blue in its' eyes...

***  Photos owned and copyrighted by DSC Photography. ***

Foal 58, Out of Wildfire Is a Colt

WH Wildfire, the Misty of Chincoteague descendant who is the dam of foal 58, produced a colt for Surfer's Riptide on 27 June.  There is a small possibility that the sire is the Don Leonard Stud II, but the markings look very similar to foal 27, which is definitely Riptide's get.  (And I don't believe that Wildfire was ever covered by DLSII, myself...)   Here are much better photos of colt 58, taken, as always, by DSC Photography...

And another look at the other definite Misty-descended foal on Assateague, foal 4, a filly out of WH Winter Moon and sired by the Don Leonard Stud II.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Second Misty Descendant Born Wild On Assateague; Misty's Stable Burns To Ground

WH Wildfire delivered a foal on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (CNWR) on Assateague Island this morning.  The foal (number 58) was sired by Surfer's Riptide, and appears to be a minimally marked chestnut tobiano, like her dam.  They were spotted across a marsh and behind tall grass and bushes.  This is the best of the five photos taken:

Misty of Chincoteague was bred and born on Chincoteague Island by Clarence Beebe.  Her sire was called the Pied Piper, as in the book with her name, and her dam was a black tobiano named The Phantom.  Marguerite Henry was visiting Chincoteague during Pony Penning 1946, and was interviewing the Beebe family for her book.  She fell in love with the foal, purchased her, and Mr Beebe shipped Misty to Fort Wayne, Indiana when she was weaned.  Misty of Chincoteague was published in 1947 and won the Newbery Award for Children's Literature that year.  The rest is history.
    Misty returned to Chincoteague in 1958, and lived the rest of her life there.  When Clarence Beebe died, she was moved to Ralph Beebe's Ranch, a little further north on Ridge Road, where she lived in a large stall with pasturage, until her death in 1972.  But she never ran free on Assateague Island during her life.
    In the past several years, the Chincoteague pony herds on the CNWR have lost quite a few ponies, both mares and weanlings, due to equine pythiosis (also known as "swamp cancer").  Several people who owned descendants of the real Misty decided over the past three years to donate two colts, two fillies, and seven adult mares to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, who are the legal owners of the ponies that run free on Assateague in Virginia.  One colt, named Winter, a cremello, with blue eyes, did not do well in the wild, and is now owned privately again.
   The first donation was a black tobiano colt, and it was announced he was named "Saltwater Renegade."  - I loved that name. - Once his registration papers were opened to the public, it was revealed his name was WH Rainy's Beach Boy; so Beach Boy he is.  there is a possibility that he is the sire of two foals born so far this year - but there is no certainty.  The two possible foals are numbers 31 and 46, those whose mothers' are Little Miss Sunshine and Milly Sue.
   Then the CVFC was presented with seven ponies - one was the colt named Winter, who is now living in Pennsylvania.  The others were all females: the youngest were Calendar Girl and Surfette, along with WH Summer Shandy, WH Sundance, WH Wildfire (see photo above), and WH Winter Moon.  This past year, the CVFC were gifted with WH Bailey's Star, WH Tidewater Treasure, and WH Millenium Moon (aka Oreo).  All of the Misty ponies are now on Assateague, except Star, who is still at the Carnival Grounds on Chincoteague.
And a last note -  My Mom was a close relation of Mrs Ida Beebe, Clarence's wife; she grew up calling them Uncle Clare and Aunt Ida.  As a relative, when I was a child, I rode Misty and her daughters, Wisp o' Mist and Stormy, around Misty Meadows, at Ralph Beebe's house, ranch, and stable on Ridge Road.  I knew the stalls of Misty and Stormy very well.  The barn on Ralph's land started out as a chicken house, and was converted for the ponies to use as a barn. It's been there since the mid-1940s.

  On the night of 25 June 2019, there was a huge fire on Chincoteague Island, on Ridge Road, at Misty's old barn.  A few posts still stand, but that is all.  Ralph Beebe's son, Billy, and his wife were away on vacation.  The ponies, goat, and other animal residents were saved from the flames by neighbors and the CVFC, as was the house.  Two homes that were close to the barn and belonged to neighbors suffered some fire damage.
   But Misty's home is no more....   Another bit of island heritage and history is gone.  The house that Clarence and Ida Beebe lived in, and raised six kids plus two grandchildren in, burned to the ground in 1996....

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Foal 57 Is a Filly - And a New Maryland Foal

On 21 June, May's Grand Slam and Ken had a baby, but seen only from a distance.  We have one better photo now, taken this morning by Darcy Cole of DSC Photography...   The baby is a bay tobiano filly, and has markings that are close to her mother's on their left sides.  Second photo is the distance shot showing her right side...

Also on the 21st of June, in the afternoon, Ms Macky gave birth to a bay overo colt at the Assateague National Seashore in Maryland.  The sire of her previous foal was Joy, but I am currently unsure of this foal's sire.  The photo is from the National Park Service.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Dams of the 2019 Chincoteague Pony Foals Part 3

The count of foals born this year is now up to 57, with 56 survivors.  (Foal 38 was seen once, but never again.) This  is information on the last 17 mares to have produced a foal so far this year on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.  The numbers denote the numerical order in which the foals were born - this will not be the auction order or number on 25 July.  Listed are the registered names of the mares, their coat color, their birth date, and their sire and dam.  If a foal appears in the picture of the dam, it is this year's baby, and will be for sale by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.  Please note that on the day of the sale, some of the babies will be declared "Buy Back" foals.  These babies will never leave Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.  If you purchase one, you get to name it and have your photo taken with it, but the pony stays in the herd and any and all of it's progeny are owned by the CVFC and will be sold in the future.  (My Buy Back's first foal will be auctioned this summer.)  -  And you will also get a tax write-off, as your pony purchase of a Buy Back is considered a donation to the CVFC.    ....  So here are the last seventeen mothers (again, so far):

#41 - Ivana Marie Zustan "Zustan"  - buckskin
Born 19 May 2016.   Sire: Little Dolphin   Dam: Jessica's Sea Star Sandy

#42 - Alice's Sandcastle - sooty buckskin
Born 27 April 2012.   Sire: North Star   Dam: Living Legend

#43 - Surfer Dude's Gidget - chestnut
Born 12 March 2002.   Sire: Surfer Dude   Dam: Virginia Bell

#44 - Misty Mills - chestnut tobiano pinto
Born 20 June 2006.   Sire: Courtney's Boy   Dam: Twirling Lace

#45 - Randy - buckskin tobiano pinto
Born 2014.   Sire: Tornado's Prince of Tides   Dam: Baybe

#46 - Milly Sue - black
Born 29 April 2017.  Sire: Surfer's Riptide   Dam: Leah's Bayside Angel

#47 - Gracie - black tobiano pinto
Born 16 April 2013.   Sire: Sockett To Me   Dam: Leah's Bayside Angel 

#48 - A Splash of Freckles - bay tobiano pinto
Born 25 June 2011.   Sire: Leonard Stud   Dam: 15 Friends of Freckles

#49 - Kachina Grand Star - buckskin
Born 3 June 2003.   Sire: North Star   Dam: Too Grand

#50 - Poco's Starry Night - black overo pinto
Born 9 April 2012.   Sire: Leonard Stud   Dam: Poco Latte PW

#51 - Leah's Bayside Angel - bay
Born July 1999.   Sire: Ocean Star   Dam: Summer Breeze

#52 - Black Pearl - black tobiano pinto
Born 2014.  Sire: Sockett To Me   Dam: Leah's Bayside Angel

#53 - Shy Anne (Half 'n' Half) - bay tobiano pinto
Born July 1999.   Sire: Top Gun (MD - Hot Air Balloon)   Dam: Sunshine

#54 - Little Bit O' Joansie - chestnut tobiano pinto
Born 2014.   Sire: Courtney's Boy   Dam: Cinnamon Blaze

#55 - Anne Bonny - chestnut tobiano pinto
Born 25 April 2011.   Sire: Yankee Spirit   Dam: MIZ Terry

#56 - Two Teague's Taco - bay
Born 12 July 2005.   Sire: Cinnamon Hologram   Dam: Merry Teapot's High Bid

#57 - May's Grand Slam - bay tobiano pinto
Born 23 April 2012.   Sire: Miracle Man   Dam: Spanish Angel
(May is in center of photo and very pregnant at the time...)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Photos of Foal 56, And One of Foal 57 - Chincoteague Ponies

Darcy and Steve Cole finally got close enough to get some good photos of foal number 56, who arrived on Wednesday, 19 June.  Equine genetics fooled me (again!) in this foals' coat color - the mare is a solid bay (Two Teague's Taco), and a photo surfaced proving that Ace is the sire.  Ace is a minimally marked black overo pinto; so I figured the foal would be a bay pinto.  Wrong!   A beautiful bright chestnut tobiano is the result - and it's a beautiful little filly!

Foal number 57 was spotted this morning, at a far distance.  The dam is May's Grand Slam, and the sire is Ken.  May is a bay tobiano pinto; Ken is a minimally marked chestnut overo pinto.  The photo was taken looking into the sun, so the colors are not true - but the baby is a pinto, chestnut or bay...  (I think it is a bay, myself.)  Better photos will be provided when available.