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Preserving the Legacy of Misty of Chincoteague: An Inspiring Conversation with Cindy Faith

Updated: May 30, 2023

The Warhorse Journal Podcast, episode 1 is out and finally on the air and we hope you get to listen in!

We are happy to present our first episode featuring our one on one chat with Cindy Faith, the executive director of the Museum of Chincoteague Island. Cindy's dedication and passion for preserving the history of Chincoteaque Island has now extended beyond the Museum of Chincoteaque Island and now includes the Beebe Ranch, the iconic setting of Marguerite Henry's beloved book "Misty of Chincoteague," shines through in our conversation. Join us as we delve into the captivating story of Misty and the importance of preserving her legacy on Chincoteague Island.

The Timeless Tale of Misty: Marguerite Henry's book, "Misty of Chincoteague," has captured the hearts of readers for generations. This timeless tale tells the enchanting story of a wild mare named Misty, showcasing the beauty and resilience of Chincoteague Island's ponies.

Through her writing, Marguerite Henry brought attention to these remarkable ponies in need of a home, while also highlighting the unique charm of Chincoteague Island. Partial reason for creating this blog is to further highlight that

Marguerite Henry's extensive body of work has more classics beyond "Misty of Chincoteague." Her collection of fictional works portrays the deep connection between humans and horses, captivating readers of all ages. Explore Marquerite's other remarkable books, such as King of the Wind, Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West, and Born to Trot, which continue to inspire horse lovers worldwide. You can find these books on Amazon on occasion in their original hardback versions, though it is pretty rare. I admit to having tracked down and bought some of the original hardcovers and added them to my collection, as there is something different about holding the older hard cover versions, and admittedly, I wish to preserve that piece of history and give those books a home. I wish the style of the original, sturdy and well illustrated books was still readily available, though they are rare to find and it does become a bit of a treasure hunt just to find them. For your convince, though, I have listed on each title an amazon affiliate link to the paperback version. Possibly if you wish to hunt down a treasured older version, start at the paperbacks and seek if the Amazon search engine suggests the older copies. They are really like a little time capsule back to my childhood.

Preserving the Beebe Ranch: The Beebe Ranch, featured prominently in "Misty of Chincoteague," holds significant historical and cultural value. It serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of Misty and the ponies of Chincoteague Island. By supporting the Museum of Chincoteague Island, you can contribute to the preservation of this iconic landmark.

Did you know that 2024 marks the 100th year since pony penning days began? For those who wish to experience the magic of Chincoteague Island firsthand, the 100th celebration of the Pony Penning Days in 2024 is an event not to be missed. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and witness the timeless tradition of rounding up the wild ponies. Find a comprehensive visitors guide here from the Chincoteaque Island Chamber of Commerce to help you plan your trip and make the most of this extraordinary experience. As Cindy mentions in our interview, plan FAR ahead as this is a small community and hotels are few and this is a small community. If you'd really like to go here, it maybe a case of you need to book ahead now

here is a guide to Top 11 Places to Stay on Chincoteaque or if camping is more to your liking, check out this link to Jellystone Park on Chincoteaque Island.

Misty's Legacy 100 MILE CHALLENGE: In honor of Misty and the Beebe Ranch, WARHORSE Endurance Challenges presents Misty's Legacy 100 MILE CHALLENGE. Join us in raising

awareness and support for the preservation efforts by participating in this virtual 100 mile challenge. No horse? No problem! Put on your favorite walking shoes, or dust off your bike and embark on a memorable journey logging miles while making a difference. You can do the challenge under your own power or under horse power as a team with your horse walking, riding or driving them. There are sadly, limited openings for this challenge as do have to order the custom medals, thank you for understanding.

We were so happy to have had the opportunity to speak with Cindy Faith, the executive director of the Museum of Chincoteague Island, and share her incredible passion for preserving the island history and the history of Beebe Ranch. Together, let's make a difference and ensure that future generations can continue to experience the magic of Chincoteague Island. Listen to the full episode of The Warhorse Journal Podcast for an inspiring conversation that will ignite your love for horses and the remarkable stories they carry.

If you are logging horse miles or hours, please consider logging them in The Warhorse Journal, Vol. 1, Misty Mornings- A 30 Day Riding Diary full of inspiring spring, equine artwork.

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