We are beyond thrilled to announce that we just closed on 7 acres next to the 2 acres with the Simmons House on Old Haig Point Rd. Finally, we have a permanent home for our organization and our horses. The 9 acre property will collectively be named “Selmont Hall” thanks to major contributions by the Selmont Family. We also must thank Wick Scurry and Team Freeport for everything over the last 5 years. We began a 5 year agricultural land lease agreement with Mr. Scurry in 2015 and could not have gotten on the map or where we are today without his generosity.
We were invited as guests to attend a quail hunt on horseback at Laurel Springs Plantation near our 40 acre conservation easement property in Dale, SC. It was the first time in a long time where we just showed up and our horses were tacked up for us. It was a gorgeous day and we had plenty of action. Thank you to the landowners for your hospitality, we enjoyed absolutely everything. Thanks to Roger Pinckney for the loaned 12 gauge!
A majority of the repairs to the Simmons House has been made and the house is starting to shine. We did everything we could to preserve the home’s hip roof pitch, floor plan, paint colors and character. We still have a ways to go but we are over the hill. We look forward to celebrating with everyone and hosting a house warming party soon.
Today we met with a large group to trail ride through Francis Marion National Forest. Francis Marion was known by the British as the Swamp Fox, he actually rode Marsh Tackies here and defeated their Calvary during the American Revolution. It was a part of an expedition led by Tom Mullikin and the South Carolina 7 to travel the entire Palmetto Trail with the purpose of bringing attention to the seven natural wonders of the Palmetto State and creating a dialogue about conservancy and actionable steps towards conservation. It was great riding with everyone. Thanks to Shannon and Ashley of Hawkins Heritage Farm for providing the accommodations so I could participate!
The she shed is just about complete. I could not have imagined a better final product. The details are amazing, I love it! The exterior is all from wood hand milled from Hurricane Matthew. The counter is huge heart pine board almost 3′ wide solid, varnished. It’s the perfect solution for our office and retail needs. We can’t wait to be open to the public. In the meantime we are getting organized.
Fond memories made when we welcomed David Grant and his top notch crew with Carolina Marsh Tacky Outdoors to Daufuskie back in 2014. We had the unique experience of bringing the horses over on a private landing craft which we hope to be able to utilize again soon. They came fully stocked with a professional film and photography crew plus a fine string of Marsh Tackies. We did two full Horse Tales TV show episodes which aired on the SCETV public broadcasting channels. David Grant is the host of the show and besides being a Marsh Tacky owner and breeder, he is the host of the TV show which travels throughout the southeast region featuring the equine industry. Good times we hope to recreate soon!
Our pride and joy, Louie, has proved to be basically un-phased over any encounter on our first major ride out on the island. We actually rode past kids flying kites and we held it together. We also passed chickens and people in bikes, carts, trucks, with dogs, more! He was yawning and snoozing by the time we made it to our halfway point. We even rode in shoulder deep water and through a few ditches without any issues. Hard work pays off. We have raised this guy since he was 4 months old. What a great brain and so handsome, a true prince!
We are so used to the hustle and bustle of tourists’ traffic on Daufuskie that this quiet from the pandemic lockdowns has everyone wondering what’s going on and looking for attention. It’s been awfully quiet around here!
We figured during this pandemic lockdown that one of the few things we could do is make more Marsh Tackies. So we introduced Flaca (Caroilna Moon X DP) to Louie (MT-48 x Hershey) and they are getting it on. This is Louie’s third and Flaca’s first. It’s fascinating to watch them interact with each other. We are so excited to see what we get from these two!
It’s that time again! Our hay and feed order is delivered on the barge about once per month and here we are picking up and hauling to the barn. There is a significant added expense for operating an equestrian facility on Daufuskie but we think it is important to have the Marsh Tacky back in its historically native habitat and we have been meeting our overhead costs with trail rides. Now that we are in the pandemic and small businesses are closed we are worried about the future. The horses need to eat regardless of what kind of revenue we can generate.