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Beach Race Champion Hopes to Pass the Torch!

The Carolina Marsh Tacky  Association is excited to partner with Kiawah Cares to bring this race to Kiawah Island. All tickets were pre-sold, and sold out! It has been a few  years since the CMTA has been able to hold the beach races due to weather and sponsorship issues. When asked about the partnership McFadden explained, “I think that it is good for us to partner with other 501(c)3 non-profits so that we can introduce the Marsh Tacky Horse to a new audience.” Kiawah Cares reaches out to fill the needs of islanders that otherwise would not be met, while the CMTA helps create more fans of this resilient tough little island horse.

Previously races had been held on Daufuskie and Hilton Head Islands.  McFadden noted that the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association is a very small non-profit and to put on an event of this magnatude they needed to partner and have sponsorship. Racing on Hilton Island required the changing of ordinances to allow the horses to race on the beach. McFadden  and others are hopeful that they will be able to have races on Hilton Head Island in the future.

If you didn’t know by now, Molly reigns Supreme, as far as I am concerned. She is 28 years old and going strong. She will be at the Kiawah Cup this Saturday to meet and great all her fans, autograph “Beach Race Champions” and most importantly cheer on Mariah,her daughter, who will be racing!  Molly at 28 is still outrunning the younger Marsh Tacky horses and has been helping Mariah train.cropped-mollyracing1.jpg

Mariah has been following in Molly’s hoof-prints by first learning to be a calvary mount for the Citadel Cadets (who by the way have a rich history of the Marsh Tacky horse).  She is now learning to train the new recruits for the Cadets, but Molly is still the Boss Mare. This will be her first beach race.

I am excited to know that Mariah may very well win the Kiawah Cup.I do hope that the Beach Race Champion will pass from generation to generation. (I did mention I am pulling for Mariah, right?)You can check out my quick article South Carolinas Heritage Horse, the Marsh Tacky on LinkedIn.

Pre-race rundown on Mariah. Mariah is an 8 y.o. mare, foaled April 20,2009. She is the 280th Marsh Tacky to be registered. Mariah will be ridden by a Citadel Cadet.Her dam of course, is Molly, owned by Janson Cox.  Molly was a “mystery tacky” as I like to call them.  Molly has led a typical life of a Marsh Tacky – she plowed, hunted, pulled a buggy -that is until Janson Cox purchased her. Her DNA was one of the first collected to establish the studbook, by then Molly was also a seasoned Calvary mount. Mariah’s sire, Tacky Blue has no mystery – his daddy is Hacksaw,one of the last stallions  DP Lowthers family collected from the sea islands. He is co-owned by Meg Walker and Lynell Sowders and is standing at stud in Lancaster, SC with Karen Reynolds. This makes Mariah one of the very first horses born into the studbook.



I have always loved to write and to research, and from an early age, captivate an audience (or at least imagine I was). Story-telling has been a source of enjoyment whether the story is one re-told for generations or plucked from reality like the collection of Marsh Tacky Horse stories from interviews. My experience with stories tells me that all of them, fiction or non-fiction, are based at least on a tiny seed of truth and diligent research can unveil those truths. These are the skills I bring to my keyboard and to interviews. I am currently under contract with History Press for the manuscript, "The Natural History of the Marsh Tacky Horse".

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