On Virginia’s Eastern Shore, wild horses are an asset, not a headache
Evelyn Shotwell has a solution.
“The thing you got to do is get people to love them,” said Shotwell, the executive director of the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce.
And people do.
Thousands come to this narrow, windswept island on Virginia’s Atlantic coast every summer to see Chincoteague’s ponies, wild horses that have been here since colonial times and have been a boon to the town for the past century.
Residents here have made their wild pony population both an engine and a symbol of their town.
People like Denise Bowden, part of a special team within the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Co. that cares for the roughly 150 ponies that put this Virginia barrier island on the map.