Welcome to the world, little Clover. She was born on St. Patrick’s Day evening! We were present for almost the entire labor and birth. What a miraculous experience. As our third foal, this is the first time we have witnessed the birth. We were able to imprint this new life in that precious window of time when she will associate us as her family. We had our hands on her at her first breath, helped her get her spindly legs under her and find her mama’s milk. Flaca (Carolina Moon x DP) and Clover (sired by Lowther’s Lucero) are bonded, healthy and happy! This is the first foal to be born at our new location at Selmont Hall.
Farewell to our very first foal, Estelita and Southern Legend as they embark upon a new chapter in their journeys today. They are leaving the island to their new forever homes so we are feeling proud and hopeful for them. Estelita will be living near Clemson, SC and Southern Legend will be living in middle GA. Thanks Hawkins Heritage Farm for your help with hauling and match making. We are looking forward to following these two as they grow with their new owners.
Welcome to the family, Sydney Bunny Valentine. This sweet pup was a rescue from Bluffton and came into our world when we were least expecting it. We have no idea what her parents are but we are thinking Aussie – Catahoula mix. She is the best buddy, super smart and loves the barn life. She definitely hit the puppy jackpot!
We had no reservations kissing 2020 goodbye and saying hello with open arms to the new year, our new location and our new adventures. Wishing everyone else a Happy New Year in 2021!
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.
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.
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.