Pony News, Views and Attitudes -- Vol. 2 Number 3 -- July 28 - August 3, 2008 PAGE 1

Kitten Naming

This kitten needs a name!

Scout and his sister, the newest Wiggins Weekly staffers, are settling in to their new home in at the e-newsletter offices.

Their schedule consists of three activities: run around like mad cats, eat, and sleep. In that order. Then repeat.

Areas that might have had mousies once are being thoroughly explored.

Reader nominations for kitten names came in from everywhere this week. It's not too late to let us know what name you think this little black cat should have.

Visit this week's survey to vote on what you think would be the best name for this little black and orange tortoise cat. If you have a different name you can enter it under "other."

Scout and his sister shredding furniture

Swimming Ponies!

From 7 to 9 am this Wednesday, July 30th wild ponies will be herded into a sea channel in Chincoteague, Virginia.

Every year these Chincoteague ponies swim for shore on the other side. There they will rest, then be herded to a fair grounds where foals will be auctioned off to benefit a local volunteer fire department.

This week marks the 83rd annual Chincoteague pony roundup. This is the only herd of wild horses east of the Rocky Mountains, and they live on Assateague Island, a National Wildlife Refuge.

Each year they are rounded up and driven into the water, where the ponies swim across a channel from Assateague to Chincoteague, which only takes about five minutes.

The baby ponies are sold to benefit the local Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. They are left with their mothers for a few more months, buyers pick up the ponies in fall. All the ponies and foals swim back to their home on Assateague Island the next day.

In 1924 two fires burned down the town of Chincoteague, Virginia. Local residents formed a volunteer fire company and held carnival to raise money for firefighting equipment, including a pony roundup.
The event has been held every year since that time, and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

This year's schedule of events is:
Pony Swim Day July 30, 2008 The pony swim is expected to take place between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Auction Day July 31, 2008 -
8:00 a.m. to 12 noon - Auction of Ponies (yearlings or younger) owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Co.
Ponies swim back to Assateague August 1st, 2008.
Time to be announced.


The Feather Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to continue the work begun by Carollynn Suplee to assist deserving children with the purchase and attendant costs associated with the acquisition of Chincoteague ponies, with the goal of helping each child learn about responsibility, care, love, work ethic, as well as the concept of "giving back to others" through the care and training of his or her animal.

For more information take a look at the Featherfund website at http://www.featherfund.org/


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Jeanne Betancourt Letters to Jeanne

Dear Jeanne
I've only read one book but i loved it! The book i read was i want a pony. I really want to be an author when i grow up so you are really good inspiration for me. So i just want to say thank you and i hope you write even more books about the pony pals and good luck if you do. I also LOVE Snow White and Anna is my favourite pony pal..Toodles
From Phoebe

Hello my name is Anna and I am 10. I read your books and I love them!! They are so interesting. I think maybe some more pictures would be good. NEVER stop writing pony pals !!!!!!!!
Love Anna

Dear Jeanne,
I was thinking maybe you should make a movie of "The Last Pony Ride." It's my favorite. Or a play. I am in the middle of one now. It is called "Pony Problem." I just finished "Ponies from the Past." When I read most of your books I convinced my mom to go to Pony Camp. It's called Pony Paradise. My pony was Henry. I got lucky because he was a guest pony. But the pony show I couldn't ride Henry because he got sold to new owners so I had to ride Merlin instead. That was fun, too, though. And afterwards I was the last person to go because I love ponies so much that my family braided his mane and tail and put extra groomings in him.
From your #1 fan,
Carmen, age 7
Seattle, Washington

Letter from Jeanne

Hi, Pony Pals!
I am in NYC today without my computer.
My remodel is going well and my herb garden thrives.


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