Stormy Of Chincoteague

Pocomoke City, Worcester County, Maryland, USA
Death 24 Nov 1993 (aged 31)
Waynesboro, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: The body of Stormy was stuffed and is on display at the Museum of Chincoteague Island alongside Misty. i
Memorial ID 151252914 · View Source
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Stormy was born at the clinic of veterinarian Dr. Finney in Pocomoke City, Maryland where Misty was taken when the birth was stifled by the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962. Misty had been housed in the kitchen of Ralph and Jeanette Beebe since a flood destroyed the stable. Stormy's name refers to that nor'easter which caused major devastation on the coastal islands. Over half of the wild ponies on Assateague perished.

Stormy was Misty's last foal. She was the daughter of Wings, a chestnut pinto with a pinto marking in the shape of wings owned by Clarence Beebe. He was the sire of Misty's other two foals but no photographs of him are known to exist. Stormy was a chestnut colored pinto pony with a crescent shaped white marking on her forehead. Her brother Phantom Wings (1961-1964), was a palomino pinto stallion. Her sister Wisp O' Mist (1961-1964), was a chestnut colored mare. Both ponies broke into a cattle field and got sick off the feed. Despite the Beebe's best efforts to save them, they died soon afterwards.

Stormy grew up on the Beebe Ranch and was visited by fans. She was trained to stand on a stepstool like her famous mother. To raise money to rebuild the herds of Assateague, that were destroyed in 1962, Stormy and Misty went on special appearances to theaters that were showing the movie 'Misty of Chincoteague'. Thanks to the two ponies, enough money was raised and the herds of Assateague were refurbished with ponies bought back from previous roundups.

All of the Misty descendants alive today are descended from Stormy. Ralph Beebe suffered a heart attack and died unexpectedly. This left his wife with the Misty family ponies and no one to take care of them. However, Paul Merritt and his family had just established the Chincoteague Miniature Pony Farm on the island. He purchased the ponies, except for Stormy, who lived at the farm but was owned by the Beebes.

Stormy was the mother of one stallion, Thunder (1967-1986) who was a palomino pinto. She had five mares:

1-Windy (1969-1998) chestnut pinto
2-Breezy (1972-may have died young) chestnut pinto
3-Rainy (1973-died in PA sometime after 1993) dark chestnut mare
4-Misty II (1974-2000) chestnut pinto
5-Foggy Mist (1978-mid 1990s) chestnut pinto

Stormy lived most of her life on the Chincoteague Miniature Pony Farm. She grazed in the pasture with most of her offspring when she wasn't performing at the pony shows held on the farm. The pony farm eventually closed and Stormy was taken to Mike Pryor's farm in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. There she visited various schools and fairs and retired in the field with her oldest daughter Windy.

Marguerite Henry wrote a book called 'Stormy, Misty's Foal' in 1963, which was a sequel to her book to Misty of Chincoteague (1947).

Ralph and Jeanette Beebe's son Billy King Beebe turned the old Beebe Ranch into a museum in 1999. Unfortunately, it closed in 2010.

[Some of this information on Stormy's life and offspring is from MistysHeaven online. For all of the Misty family, please see that website.]

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  • Created by: kw
  • Added: 26 Aug 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 151252914
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Stormy Of Chincoteague (11 Mar 1962–24 Nov 1993), Find a Grave Memorial no. 151252914, ; Maintained by kw (contributor 48358814) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a The body of Stormy was stuffed and is on display at the Museum of Chincoteague Island alongside Misty. i.