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So, now that you know South Carolina has a State Heritage Horse – where can you see a Marsh Tacky in April?

Last month in March, Kiawah Cares hosted their first Kiawah Cup with the SC State Heritage Horse, the Marsh Tacky.  True to their promise, they brought attention to this unique, critically endangered domestic equine. The Marsh Tacky is a versatile horse known for its wood-sense as well as its fame of historically racing on the South Carolina Sea Island beaches. Tammy Mac, organizer of the Kiawah Cup, enthusiastically said that the race was everything she had hoped that it would be. True to their word as promised, Kiawah Cares delivered yet another new audience to the tough little Marsh Tacky. Mac’s favorite part of the races? “Seeing the Tacky enthusiasts so happy and helping to promote awareness of this magnificent breed. We can’t wait to do it again!” Kiawah Cares is anticipating that next years Kiawah Cup is going to be even bigger.

So what will you do about seeing one until then? Caroline Knight created the “Meet a Marsh Tacky Day” event list for April 22,2017 on Facebook. There are at least four  events that day members of the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association are planning on attending or hosting.  This little horse can do more than race on the beach – trail riding, Calvary mounts, and hunting are just a few of the disciplines these horses excel in.  Did you know some Marsh Tacky Horses are seasoned foxhunters? Look for the next post in Marsh Tacky Tales to see other disciplines they are used in. April 22, 2017 is loaded with places to see our South Carolina State Heritage Horse. Please scroll down to Links, Show Bills and Flyers listed below so you can pick out the event best suited for you!

All Breeds Fun Show

Pelzer, SC 9530 Augusta Road, Pelzer, SC 29669 Registration starts at 8:30, classes start at 10:00 Show Bill Below


Trail Ride

Ward, SCWonderful Weekend in Ward Are you looking to go on a trail ride and get a chance to check out some Marsh Tacky Horses under saddle? On April 22 there will be a gathering of Marsh Tacky Horses with their riders taking on the trails. Look for the group of riders wearing Carolina Marsh Tacky Association T-shirts!

PeeDee Horse Festival  – Bring your horse or bring just yourself 

H.Cooper Black State Park (near Cheraw, SC) – If you are looking for some BBQ and a chance to see MarshTacky Horses this is the place to be! David Grant will be there with some of his horses; Wylie Bell will be giving a clinic.


Its Sheep Shearing Day at Old McCaskills Farm DayFun for the whole family!

Rembert, SCOld McCaskills Farm Day Its Sheep Shearing Day! Come out for a great adventure and get to see Marsh Tacky Horses. Molly, Mariah, Little Miss River, and Yago!

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Molly, Mariah, Major, & Little Miss River, Citadel Cadet Calvary – picture credit Jodie Reeves




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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