In a popular annual ritual, wild ponies are driven across Virginia’s Assateague Channel for an auction supporting a local volunteer fire company.
About 130 of the famed Chinocteague wild ponies made their annual swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island in Virginia on July 24, 2013. Some of the younger ponies are auctioned after the swim for the benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. That helps keep down the pony population, protecting both the herd and fragile ecosystem of the barrier islands where they live. Maddie Meyer/The Washington Post Buy Photo