Ponies, music and food to highlight Greencastle Sportsmans Ox Roast

PAT FRIDGEN
Michelle Zeigler and her ponies will attend the Greencastle Sportsmans Association Ox Roast to give visitors to the family event an opportunity to ride.

For the first time in many years, pony rides will be available at the Greencastle Sportsmans Association Ox Roast. The event runs three Saturdays in a row, Aug. 6, 13 and 20. Michelle Zeigler, owner of Ponytails and Pigtails, will bring two ponies for children and adults to ride.

The Waynesboro woman fondly remembers her own childhood, and the anticipation of riding each year at the Ox Roast. "I loved it as a kid," she said, "and looked forward to it every summer."

She contacted the association board of directors and received permission to resume the activity. She will bring Chilly, a fifth generation descendant of Misty of Chincoteague fame, and Apple, a very small animal.

Chilly can handle riders up to 175 pounds. His personality through the Chincoteague line makes him ideal for his life's work.

"These ponies are wonderful horses. They are easy to train and loving to their owners," she continued.

Apple is smaller and older, in her upper 20s. "She's been doing pony rides forever. She's so quiet and laid back."

Zeigler, who also provides pony rides at Mountain Shadows in Blue Ridge Summit during Karaoke nights, plans to be ready for riders at 3 p.m. each day of the Ox Roast, and will continue until 9 p.m.

The festival will again feature bands, with The Incredible Driftin' Whistle Pigs returning Aug. 6. Powder Keg Band performs the 13th and Brush Fire the last weekend.

Home-cooked meals will be served family style in the air-conditioned clubhouse from 4 to 7 p.m. The food stand outside will be the place to go for ox sandwiches, French fries and vegetable soup from noon to 10 p.m.

The Sportsmans Association is selling raffle tickets, with the cash prizes awarded Aug. 20. Winners need not be present.