One of the last herds of wild horsed in the United States lives on a small island off the coast of the state of Virginia.
LV Spectators in small boats around islands (6 shots)
LV Herd of wild horses surrounded by outriders
LV Spectators watch as horses swim across (4 shots)
LV & SV People stroke horses as they arrive on shore
SV Outriders escort horsed down main street (4 shots)
LV & SV Horses in correl (2 shots)
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Background: One of the last herds of wild horsed in the United States lives on a small island off the coast of the state of Virginia. It's been an annual event for as long as the local people can remember to round up the horses and sell them. But the herd is dwindling in number and it seems unlikely it'll survive many more roundups unless action is taken to protect the remaining horses. The horses are driven from the small island to Chincoteague Island lying a few hundred yards away driven to a fairground where they are sold by auction.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of spectators from mainland Virginia in the United States made the trip for this year's auction of wild horses on Chincoteague Island.
A herd of wild horses on a nearby island are to be sold. It's one of the last such herds in the United States, but this hasn't stopped the horses being auctioned. Fishermen living in the area play the part o??? cowboys and do the rounding up. The horses are driven from the island to Chincoteague. They swim the narrow passage of water between the two islands.
Once on Chincoteague the horses are driven through a small township to the local fairground.
The horses are bought by buyers from all over the United States. Many will be broken in for private riding or be turned out to stud. But at the present rate, the herd will not survive many more roundups.