Posted in Artists, Activists and Historians, Equine Business, History of the Marsh Tacky, See a Marsh Tacky Horse

The Divine Horse invited me to present Beach Race Champion, A Marsh Tacky Tale on Saturday October 6 to help celebrate Literacy!!!


Completely last minute invite to The Divine Horse  on Saturday! I absolutely love being able to attend local events to promote the SC State Heritage Horse. It’s been a few years since I have been out to the elementary schools in York County. I met so many wonderful people on Saturday and enjoyed conversing about one of the best kept secrets of South Carolina, the Marsh Tacky Horse.

A great big Thank You to divinehorse

The Divine Horse is currently carrying the Beach Race Champion, A Marsh Tacky Tale. Please stop by for your copy.

Please purchase books through this Amazon link and help us be able to get to more schools.

Saving the Marsh Tacky Horse through education, one book at a time.

Marsh Tacky Tales is working towards a few other books, working titles are Mariah, and The Colonels Little Tacky and a few more. Our original joint research has discovered incredibly rich stories about these unique horses from the Low-country to the Piedmont and Foothills of South Carolina and we are excited to share them!

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Posted in Artists, Activists and Historians, Equine Business

Free Breyer Horse Paint Party at The Divine Horse


The Divine Horse is hosting a FREE Breyer Horse Painting Party, Sunday August 26th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Reservation required.divinehorse

Come in and visit during Summerfest on August 24th & 25th and sign up to reserve your spot for the Breyer Horse Painting Party!! This event is the first of the Weekend Breyer Fundays to be offered. Pal-o-mine, the Breyer pony will be there for pictures as well!


Kathy Holbert is excited to bring the World of Breyer Horses to her customers. Now that The Divine Horse has a Brick & Mortar presence, Holbert decided to choose Breyer as a new product line. She said the decision to carry Breyer wasn’t hard to make. She enjoyed Breyer horses as a child and wanted to pass her Breyer models on to her daughter, so it was an easy decision. Black Beauty and PVF, Peace of Mind are her two favorite models.breyer1

Stablemates, Christmas Breyer models, Christmas Breyer model ornaments, and of course new Breyer models are only a part of the Breyer line being presented. Don’t forget Justify, the 2018 Triple Crown Winner, is one of the new models Breyer is working on and will be available in October. The Divine Horse is awaiting their second shipment of Breyer horses that will double their inventory. The model of Snowman and the book about his life, “The Eighty Dollar Champion”  will be in the next shipment.  Holbert already has Black Beauty and Little Prince story and model available in store. Holbert is glad to bring the Breyer model horses to more people who will cherish their memories of collecting and playing with the models as she did as a child.

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Posted in Artists, Activists and Historians, Instructors, Trainers and Clinicians

The Divine Horse


“Community is such an important part of what we do. We want you to feel special, more like a boutique than tack shop. Want you to feel special because you are our customer. We want you to be your best at your sport.” – Entrepreneur, Kathy Holbert

Glitter Rainbow Pony Stickers, Ribbon Boards, de-wormers, liniment, unicorns and Pegasus, saddles and tack, Oh my!  A brick & mortar business set to steal the hearts of little girls and indulge the practical equestrian, The Divine Horse, is having their Grand Opening, Saturday August 18, 2018 at 10:00 am in York, South Carolina.  Kathy Holbert, owner and equestrian entrepreneur is embarking on her own Cinderella story.39467505_2080565545527112_1212726652165947392_n Three years ago in Houston, Texas she operated the The Divine Horse web-based business and mobile service for events. Fast forward to a year ago when her husbands job transfer led them to South Carolina, Holbert has since been asked to open a brick & mortar version of The Divine Horse on North Congress Street, York. Holbert says she never would have believed that possible, but God put all the right people together at the right time to make this happen. 38924234_2074483296135337_7702781282802991104_n

Over the last fifty-plus years women have become the predominant purchasers of equines and equine products. Holbert is changing the look of equestrian retail and boosting purchasing power by fulfilling the need to touch, feel and try on product. The Divine Horse includes a boutique atmosphere by providing knowledgeable persons that assist with proper product selection and usage.

Today many parents are becoming involved in equestrian sports and recreation due to their children’s activities, especially mother and daughter combinations. “The ability to cater to mother and child and to dress them readily is an advantage,” says Holbert, “This entails lifestyle changes.” Holbert believes this new dynamic requires a retail convenience factor which has not been previously available. The on-line and catalog purchasing venues provided accessibility, but limited knowledge. General feed and tack stores had limited product and limited customer service. The Divine Horse offers a boutique solution in brick & mortar, mobile and web-based sales.

The Divine Horse is the first retailer to carry BuckWild products, an early carrier of Kim Black Horse Creations, and Knicker Kisses Horse Treats! Holbert is constantly on the look-out for unique products from the practical to the whimsical for her customers. An art gallery is also featured in the boutique carrying Moose Pants Studio , artist Jo Zeller Quentin, from Houston,Texas and they hope to expand to local artists here. Holbert believes the success of her web-based and mobile business is based on providing excellent product knowledge and product availability. She believes that communicating product knowledge to equestrians, whether new and aspiring or fulfilling the needs of seasoned equestrians is the primary goal in customer service.39389193_2080565552193778_3740619019611275264_n

Now that The Divine Horse has a brick & mortar facility, they are able to become even more involved in the community than before. The Divine Horse mobile business is the primary vendor for the North Carolina and South Carolina Special Olympics, the have also participated in Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance (CERA) Celebration of the Horse event. The heart and soul of their business is the local community; being involved the local circuits, barns, events and groups is their primary focus. The Divine Horse provides a service for equine professionals where they act as a liaison between the instructor/trainer and equestrian student by creating a tailored supply-list to complement the equestrian experience. The Divine Horse maintains those products in store for quick and simple purchase experiences.  They even assist groups in logos, embroidery and t-shirts! This Friday August 17, 2018 The Divine Horse will be hosting a private event, Equine Professional Networking Event from 4-8 PM. All types of equestrian professionals are invited there will be food, beverages and giveaways.divinehorseAll pictures are credit to The Divine Horse.

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Posted in Instructors, Trainers and Clinicians

Dawn Roth, Dressagemanship™

“Helping one horse and human together at a time.” –Dawn RothWeb Dawn-Roth-Logo-Dressagemanship

Dawn Roth’s desire to create a holistic approach that embraces the relationship between rider and horse created Dressagemanship, a combination of dressage, classical in hand work and foundational horsemanship. Dressagemanship is a training program that is for any equestrian discipline: Western; English; Eventing; Endurance; and trail riding.  Roth has likened her program to “yoga for horses” encouraging balance, energy and body work for everyday horses and riders.LordyDawnStretch

Mutual understanding and respect between horse and human is what Roth strives to promote in her sessions.  One-on-one or small group work is preferred to develop the mutual language of the horse and human in Dressagemanship. Roth says that the practice of consistency and fairness develop the lightness and softness of the horse that results in confidence between the human and horse.

Roth designs her sessions around how the human and the horse learn.  They may not be equally matched when beginning the process, but through development and understanding each receives the guidance needed to succeed.Gallop_FL_2013 Consistency and flexibility are paramount to gauging the progress of the pair. Identifying progress comes in many forms, especially if the horse and human progress at different rates.  The horse may understand quicker than the human and vice versa. Roth will use a variety of techniques, such as helping the human gain understanding through the use of another horse or keeping a quickly progressing horse interested until its human counterpart catches up.

LibertyPlayRoth believes that listening and learning how to listen are keys to success in this program. She would like readers to know she is dedicated to the process. She says, “I want clients to fall in love with the journey of the partnership. I am committed to guiding them to be the best they can be and being the best I can be to share the journey.”SittingonMerlinTeachingSept2014

Roth Dressagemanshipoffers distance learning as well as small sessions and one-on-one sessions. Please connect with the following links: Website:

Click on the logo for Dressagemanshipon Facebook


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Posted in Artists, Activists and Historians

The Line in the Sand

Please take a moment to watch the trailer produced by Terry Windell/MELT, LLC.

A few years ago Terry interviewed me about the children’s book I authored and Jackie McFadden illustrated for the documentary. The documentary is still in process, here is the trailer. You can purchase your copy of Beach Race Champion, featuring equestrian jockey Brittany Stevens, riding Marsh Tacky Molly to victory on the sandy beach. Please check out the Facebook Page for the trailer. Marsh Tacky Horses still need your support!

Watch the trailer here:

(c) MarshTackyTales 2018

Posted in Artists, Activists and Historians

Furusiyya, or Horsemanship Literature Interview with Hylke Hettema

Hylke Hettema, is a Phd. candidate at Leiden University, Netherlands. Her main focus of study is the connection between the horse and Arab identity. Her research includes translating Arabic, studying 19th century texts and art related to the Arabian horse. Hettema explains, Exploring the narratives based on both Western and Eastern memories throughout history will lead to a better understanding of the situation in which the concept of a desert horse came to life.”

36312805_1802714936432141_33157740230606848_n She is currently presenting at the World Conference for Middle Eastern Studies 2018 (WOCMES 2018) conference at the University of Seville, Spain. Check out her blog Remembering a Desert Horse. Hettema will also be presenting at Equine History Collective  (EHC) in November 2018.

Hettema notes that it is commonly held that early furūsiyya literature  (horsemanship literature) is the record of a pre-Islamic horse culture. Those medieval Arabic works on horses have been the base for the memory of a medieval Arab horse culture, and that memory is subsequently used to justify the existence, breed standard and phenotype of the Arabian horse today.

Hettema has always loved horses and became a breeder of Arabian horses when she moved to the Middle East.  Her fascination with history led her to ask questions that the breeding community could not adequately answer; breeding and oral history are very sensitive subjects in the equine world. Hettema used her skills as an academic to search for information about the origin of the breed, she soon realized,  “…the actual titles included in the body of medieval Arabic works on horses were not written during the pre-Islamic period, we need to question the current assumptions that the Arabian horse breed was created and actively bred by pre-Islamic Arabs.”

(c) Marsh Tacky Tales 2018




Posted in Artists, Activists and Historians, History of the Marsh Tacky

Breyerfest 2018, July 13-15

Breyerfest 2018 is being held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington KY this weekend.

In 2013 the Marsh Tacky Breyer Horse model was released. Two Step was a limited run of 1,200 horses available only at Breyerfest 2013.


According to Identify Your Breyer website if you have this model it will be stamped on the belly with “Breyerfest 2013”. Model number 711162 is a solid dun with primitive markings.




photo credit Jackie McFadden

Ten years ago Breyer became interested in the rare breed horses of the East Coast. The Columbia Mall in Columbia, SC hosted an equine gathering in 2008 of horse breeds to bring attention to their search. Like nearly every Marsh Tacky event we attended, it was a blustery day, threatening wild weather. David Grant brought his stallion, D.P, to the event. David Grant runs Carolina Marsh Tacky Outdoors. He trains, breeds and sells Marsh Tacky Horses.041

Pal-O-Mine was there to greet everyone and have pictures taken.


photo credit Patricia Stafford

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Horse Enthusiast? Horse History Buff? I encourage you to follow the Equine History Collective . Check out their  #ShelfieSundays for new reads. Upcoming Interviews with Equine Scholars Hylke Hettama, Miriam Bibby,  and the founder of the Equine History collective, Katrin Boniface.

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(C) Marsh Tacky Tales 2018

#SourceSaturday: The Secret History of the Mongols

Posted in Artists, Activists and Historians

Featured Fine Artist, Keri Keene July 2018

Who: Keri Keene, fine arts pastelist

When & Where:

August 2018 Main Street Art Gallery  2036 14th Ave #103, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Palm trees with cattle scattered under them is the Florida Keri Keene knows and wants to share. She is a Florida Native and is taking an active stance in preserving Florida History.unnamed Her most recent body of work focuses on agricultural history, an often forgotten history of Florida. Non-traditional education in art and a therapeutic need to express emotion on canvas or paper led to her discovery of not only being an artist, but an artist who has a message.

Keene has seen that her work often introduces people to the rare Florida Cracker Horses and Cracker Cattle that helped build the Florida economy. She feels that most tourists come to Florida for the beaches and the entertainment. They do not get to indulge in the rich agricultural history Florida has to offer. Keene focuses on the unique landscape Florida has and the history behind it, featuring orange groves and ranch animals.unnamed (1).jpgcrackercow2

Growing up in North Florida, her father had a ranch populated with horses, cattle, dogs, pigs and cats.  She has always been drawn to the beauty of animals. Preserving a childhood she now realizes was much rarer than she realized, Keri has begun painting those Florida Cracker Horses and Cracker Cattle whose “Cracker” names came from the sound of the whips cracking, encouraging the cattle to leave the pines, palms and scrubby terrain.

After reading the book, A Land Remembered, which mentioned Marsh Tacky Horses, Keene wanted to have a Marsh Tacky Horse. Forever Florida, a ranch in St. Cloud, FL arranged for her to be able to photograph both the Florida Cracker Horses and Cracker Cattle in a semi-feral state. Forever Florida also provided an opportunity for her to ride Florida Cracker Horses.unnamed (1).jpgcracker cow

“I love to have followers on my social media and visitors to my website” -Keri Keene
 If anyone has questions about my art they can reach me at 

(C) Marsh Tacky Tales

Posted in Artists, Activists and Historians, Uncategorized

Artists, Activists and Historians- Beginning in July

Did you know that there is an entire group of people who study Equine History? Or that there are people who put their passion for preservation into Art? Or that grass roots conservation for rare equine breeds can be an activist position? Did you know that Equines are one of the most researched animals and most extensively DNA mapped?

These are a just a few of the the things I have been learning over my years of research into the real history of the Marsh Tacky Horse. A new and constant feature for Marsh Tacky Tales will be monthly interviews with Artists, Activists and Historians. Each one presented has brought significant insight to my research, even if they are not directly involved with the rare horse breed, the Marsh Tacky.

Multidisciplinary research takes us places we may never have thought to go. Investigating the South Carolina boll weevil, Revolutionary War sites, long hours searching for just the right index to discover a lost work and consults with archeologists, linguists and scientists are part of that work. And artists.  You may have noticed (if you have been following Marsh Tacky Tales on FB) that I have been posting some artwork as well as other links to preserving our wild mustangs. I had no idea that all these different things reached out and touched Marsh Tacky Horses when I began this blog.

Now that I know, I want to share these remarkable findings with you. If you love horses, history, and interconnectedness please stay tuned – I am interviewing many of the wonderful people I have met along this journey of the Natural History of the Marsh Tacky just for you.

(C) Marsh Tacky Tales 2018

Posted in Artists, Activists and Historians, History of the Marsh Tacky, Instructors, Trainers and Clinicians

Catching Up…is hard to do.

My apologies to readers and to those waiting for their interviews to be released – most of you know I have two blogs, Marsh Tacky Tales and Psoriatic Disease Survival Guide . Sometimes they influence each other, for instance – last month was pretty difficult healthwise and I didn’t get most of what I wanted to get done for either blog completed. Sometimes I find something amazing for the horses and want to try it out on me to see if it helps humans too, like the PEMF session I haven’t been able to attend yet.  So, I want to let you all  know that there are a lot of amazing posts coming this month, along with a few changes to Marsh Tacky Tales.

I have had time to reflect on what Marsh Tacky Tales set out to do.

Marsh Tacky Tales is about preserving the South Carolina State Heritage Horse, the Marsh Tacky, one tale at a time.

There are still less than 500 horses.

There still is no funding to educate about the Marsh Tacky Horse.

There are still many tales of these horses to be told.

I think there may be a Kickstarter in the future….

I hope you will all follow on this journey and make the dream come true.

(c) Marsh Tacky Tales 2018

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#MemberMonday: Alexandre Blaineau

More amazing academics in the field of Equine History!-

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Alexandre Blaineau

PhD European University of Brittany,
Greek History

What got you in to history ?
   I am interested on the civilizations of the Mediterranean sea, especially the Greek civilization, whose ways of thinking and culture are powerful elements of reflection.

In to equine history ?
   I started working on Xenophon before becoming interested in equine history. Then, the two equestrian treatises of the Athenian author were the object of my interest. My PhD was about horses and riders in Xenophon’s works. Equine history is a vast field of study because it deals with the history of technology, social history, economic history, social history, cultural history… I am convinced that we must work in interdisciplinarity to better understand horses as “actors” of history.

Who is your favorite historical horse ?
Bucephalus ! [A popular answer! Kat Boniface & Chelsea Shields-Más answered likewise]

What are you working on right now…

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