July summer nights call for grilling and chilling at the barn. We have wings and corn on the fire and are enjoying our friends’ company! We look forward to hosting many dinner parties at Selmont Hall for our friends and members alike soon. To be included in our email invitations for get togethers like this be sure to sign up for our newsletter.
Longfield Stables at Palmetto Bluff welcomed Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society back for a second year of the Meet a Marsh Tacky Event over 4th of July weekend. This year we were lucky enough to spend the entire week complimentary at the Bluff because of the barge schedule which restricts when we can come and go from Daufuskie. We all had a wonderful time and the horses did not want to leave. We rode the obstacle course demonstration again and this year we rode the horses in Palmetto Bluff’s 4th of July parade through Wilson Village. Mandy and Roxie were amazing amongst the crowds and over the top decorations! Thank you to everyone at Longfield and the Bluff for a wonderful week.
Today was another long day at the barn. It can be exhausting with the season in full swing and not a day off in sight but it’s rewarding and it beats a day in an office. Especially with a moment to relax and have a drink after the end of the day with this storm rolling in and a stunning sunset on the river.
We were in the neighborhood of Greer, SC last week and stopped into the Carolina Carriage Superstore. We bought some nice working harness that needs a little tweaking on Mandy but overall it fits and should do the trick! Now we just need the carriage. We are excited!
We had a fun weekend celebrating Memorial Day on Daufuskie with our SC State Heritage Horses. We did pony rides, paint the pony, patriotic photo props with our photo booth and narrated history tours focused on the Marsh Tacky’s fascinating contributions to wartime efforts. We welcomed active duty military, veterans, first responders and their families free of charge.
Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society was the featured charity for a spectacular open house event in Colleton River. The prestigious estate, listed by the Hilton Head Life at Charter One Realty for $3.5M was showcased with an Art Deco themed party featuring a live acoustic band, full bar, decadent catering and party favors. The most affluent brokers and buyers of Lowcountry real estate were in attendance. Thanks to Ric and Daniella, partners at the Hilton Head Life for the opportunity to get our message in front of more people. We did a business card raffle for a complimentary beach ride and featured our efforts to raise money to save the historically significant Simmons House.
Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society and Carolina Marsh Tacky Association were both invited by Clemson University to provide a show and tell lecture to their Horseman’s Association students at Mullet Hall. DMTS provided the lecture while CMTA provided a Marsh Tacky for show and tell. It was wonderful meeting all the bright young people who are the future of agriculture and the equine industry. We look forward to more opportunities to work with Clemson!
We are now through 2 of 3 public readings at Beaufort County Council with unanimous approval so far for Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society to lease 40 acres of the 80 acre conservation easement located in Dale, SC. The formal RFP application process has taken over one year to write and be considered for. The Island Packet covered our story in the paper today. This is a huge milestone for us and our program!
We repotted our lemon trees today. Someone gave us a huge bag of lemons from the heirloom trees growing in the garden at the south gate in Haig Point. We decided to try growing some from seeds and ended up with 10 healthy trees. They will live at Selmont Hall along with the camellia , mulberry and fig trees that we have on the property. We hope to have blossoms this spring followed by fruit.