In the beginning of 2018, Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society joined as a member of the SC Agritourism Association. Agritourism is defined as the crossroads between agriculture and tourism. It includes any activity carried out on a working farm or ranch that allows the public, for recreational, entertainment, or educational purposes, to view or enjoy rural activities. While attending the annual summit, DMTS Founder/Director Erica was voted in to serve on the Association’s board of directors for the Lowcountry Region. Following a board meeting in Columbia, these adorable retail tiny houses were seen across from the meeting location and became a source of inspiration for our office. Also known as the She-Shed, it’s where visitors can check in, get information and purchase items from us.
It’s a big week at Selmont’s this week. Our 40′ shipping container just arrived (packed tight with hay and building materials) and land clearing is beginning. We have been saving and planning for this for a while! Check back often for more updates. If you haven’t already connected with us on social media be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram.
This morning we are boarding the barge with 4 Marsh Tackies in a 3 horse slant trailer with no return trips planned. We are welcoming Flaca back after her 2 months of training with Brock and Leisha Griffith in NC. Additionally we are welcoming Barrier Island Carolina Girl from Hollywood, SC as well as pasture mates Southern Legend and Roxie Belle from Florence, SC to join us on Daufuskie. The Hutchinson Island barge departs at 6am regardless of tide or weather conditions. We always leave early to give ourselves plenty of time in case of a delay. Everyone spent the night at Folly Moon in Ridgeland last night, we left around 3:30am.
This was our second year in a row to be invited by the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland, SC to present a Marsh Tacky lecture to the public. Erica, founding director of the Daufuskie Marsh Tacky Society provided the power point presentation and lecture. Daniel Lowther is the grandson to Mr. DP Lowther of Ridgeland, SC and the single largest owner of the Marsh Tacky breed in the world with over 100 horses at the height of his involvement. Daniel brought a beautiful blue roan stallion for the public to view and he seemed to enjoy the attention very much. We are proud to have had a part in this lecture, held in the Marsh Tacky “capital” along side the family who is credited to so much of the breed’s conservation. The lecture was completely sold out in advance.
The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island is home to a retired Marsh Tacky named Comet. Visitors can attend the museum’s Meet a Marsh Tacky Tour consisting of a 30 minute, narrated power point presentation followed by a stroll across the grounds to the historic and recently renovated horse barn to meet and greet Comet in person. DMTS founder and director, Erica became a docent of this program in February 2018 in part to take away information that she could use to improve the quality of her Marsh Tacky Living History Tours on Daufuskie. She contributed some of her research to the power point presentation that the museum still uses today.
We are so fortunate to be featured in this news story which aired on February 13, 2018! Sincere thanks to WTOC, David Klugh and the crew who spent an entire day with us and worked behind the scenes to bring this story to our community!
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Great holiday memories were made during the annual Daufuskie Island Christmas parade! Mustang Sally and Rosie were champs and tolerated their festive decorations and the parade crowds without batting an eye. We hope everyone has a Merry Christmas. Extra carrots and candy canes in the stockings for these two this year!
Give a warm welcome to Mateo, the second Marsh Tacky foal to be born on Daufuskie Island in decades. He arrived six days after his half sister Estelita, yet he has surpassed her in size since day one! His dam is Carolina Moon and he is the second offspring for both “Mama” and his sire, Lowther’s Lucero. He has a brave and curious personality and already has proven to love running, bucking and snacking on Spanish moss. As his name implies, he is a product of the horses being evacuated together for Hurricane Matthew and he is truly a gift from God.
The first foal to be born on Daufuskie in some say four decades is here! A blonde filly with a perfect dorsal stripe, white socks on all four feet (just like her Daddy) and a tiny star on her forehead was born on Friday morning, November 10, 2017. The sire is Lowther’s Lucero and the dam is Reina, who has proven to be a natural for her very first time as a mother. It’s apparent now that the first foal to be born on Daufuskie in decades was conceived when our herd was displaced together at Melrose for Hurricane Matthew – our filly is a living, silver lining to the storm! Would you like to give in support of this historic occasion? There are many ways to be involved! Please click to donate through our website, or contact us directly.