If you’ve been horse crazy since you were a little kid, perhaps you’ve read (and re-read) the Misty of Chincoteague stories by Marguerite Henry. Or maybe you had the Breyer model horse version of the famous pony from the island. This is a picture of Misty with my mom’s friend on top. It’s on display in one of my mom’s China cabinets.
The author Marguerite Henry lived in Wayne, Illinois for a time and Misty came to stay with her. My mom’s friend’s family knew the author and so the little girl version of my mom’s friend got to ride the beloved mare. The year was 1952.
Decades later I learned how to ride in Wayne, but by that time Marguerite Henry had moved to California and Misty had galloped off to greener pastures in the sky.
Going to see the pony swim event on Chincoteague Island is a bucket list item for me. The stories are so sweet and it would be incredible to experience the excitement in real life. The hard part would be leaving without a pony.
P.S. If you don’t know Misty’s story, you HAVE to read the book.
Your Turn: Have you read any of Marguerite Henry’s horse stories? If so, do you have a favorite? What equestrian events are on your bucket list?
Ride along with us!