Our mission is to protect the critically endangered Marsh Tacky horse in the context of its historical roots on Daufuskie Island through breeding, training and sales plus educational and special events programming.
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Q1.How would you summarize the problem or need your organization is working to address?
Our primary problem is that the South Carolina State Heritage Horse is critically endangered. Our secondary problem is that there is a significant population who has barriers to entry that prevents them from benefiting from equine related activities.
Q2. What is Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society aiming to accomplish?
Our ultimate goal is to grow the population of Marsh Tacky horses until they are no longer a critically endangered species. We want to do this responsibly and comprehensively, so our secondary goal is to make Marsh Tacky related activities accessible to the public.
Q3. What are DMTS’s key strategies for making this happen?
1. To maintain best practices for breeding, training and sales of Marsh Tacky horses; 2. To develop and execute regular programming which promotes and raises public awareness of the Marsh Tacky and its importance to South Carolina history, heritage and legacy; 3. To develop and execute regular programming that enables underserved populations to participate in hands on activities with Marsh Tacky horses.
Q4. What are the organization’s capabilities for doing this?
We are the only organization that exists to promote and protect the Marsh Tacky within the context of its native habitat. Our primary location on Daufuskie across from Freeport Marina enables us to capture thousands of unique visitors to Daufuskie Island each season from widely diverse backgrounds. We have community support, a strong team, and an excellent foundation for our breeding program. As we grow we will leverage our many partnerships to support our need for land, buildings, equipment, board members, staff, interns and volunteers.
Q5. How will the organization know they are making progress?