Every year, around 150 ponies make their way to the water, swimming from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island in Virginia. The annual ritual is for an auction supporting a local volunteer fire company. This year's pony swim was the 88th, and is part of a week-long series of events on the islands of Assateague and Chincoteague. The reasoning behind the swim is to thin out the herd of wild ponies. All the ponies made it across the water safely, even though there was huge storm taking place. There has never been a storm like this before during the annual swim. Nonetheless, the ponies made their way through the mucky water and onto land.