Legend has it the Ocracoke Banker ponies arrived in the Outer Banks with shipwrecked explorers in the 16th or 17th century, and they’ve called the Ocracoke Island home ever since. While many of these early ponies were claimed by residents, some were left to roam wild. The National Park Service took over their care and maintenance in the 1960s to keep them safe as the island’s human population continued to grow.
Now you can help these beautiful and unique ponies by symbolically adopting an Ocracoke pony! Your support of the ponies – individually or the herd – will help to pay for their ongoing care and feeding.
Birthday: May 9, 2013
Birthday: February 4, 2015
Hazelnut loves to graze alongside her siblings. Her parents are Sacajawea and our young stallion Rayo.
Birthday: May 7, 2017
Jobelle is a Palomino and the daughter of Jitterbug and Rayo. She enjoys lounging in the sun on warm days!
Lindeza is the matriarch of the herd, at 34 years old she is the oldest Ocracoke pony.
Birthday: May 24, 2000
While our ponies are smaller than most horses, Maya enjoys being the tallest in the herd.
Birthday: March 22, 2010
Paloma’s mother was Spirit, a deeply missed member of the herd, and her father is Wentzel from the Shackleford herd.
Sacajawea currently has her hooves full raising young Winnie, born May 3, 2018. She is also mother to Hazelnut.