THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011 Photo: Mane event Wild ones: Chincoteague ponies make their way across Assateague Channel during the 86th annual Chincoteague Wild Pony Swim on Wednesday. Each year the wild ponies are auctioned to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which cares for the Virginia herd. Ponies that are not sold and those that are donated back to the fire department will roam free for another year on the national wildlife refuge on Assateague. (Associated Press) Twitter Facebook Email Reddit Published: July 28, 2011, midnight Click here to comment on this story » Most recent Nation/World new Headstone of Civil War soldier to be fixed after 154 years Fraud plagues do-it-yourself charities after Orlando Does China still harvest organs of executed? Doctors divided Kurdish-led Syrian forces face off with Turkish-backed rebels Fire sweeps through Russian warehouse, killing 17 workers U.S. intelligence indicates a weaker Islamic State Where does the money go? sponsored You’ve probably heard of co-ops: food co-ops, childcare co-ops, housing co-ops, energy co-ops.