To Preserve and Promote the History and Heritage of the Marsh Tacky Horse of South Carolina.
 
 
 

  
 
Racing Marsh Tackies on the beach was once a wintertime tradition after each year's harvest with the winner taking home bragging rights.  The Marsh Tacky Beach Race is presented by the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association (CMTA) to showcase an endangered breed of horse that once roamed the SC Sea Islands and coast by the thousands.
 
To enter a horse in the race, you must be a member of CMTA with membership dues current by the registration deadline , the horse must be included in the Livestock Conservancy’s Marsh Tacky Registry / Stud Book, you must have proof of a current negative Coggins test, and return the race entry form by the deadline posted on the CMTA website. 

CMTA members donate their time, talent, and travel expense to present the race. There is no entry fee for riders or admission fee for spectators and there is no compensation or monetary prize for those competing -- only bragging rights and the joy and pride of introducing the Marsh Tacky to thousands of new enthusiasts.  It is with this spirit that we present the Marsh Tacky races. 
 
 7th Annual Beach Race (2015)
 
2015 Beach Race Cancelled
 
The Carolina Marsh Tacky Association will not hold a 2015 beach race.  We are planning a 2016 race on Hilton Head Island.  Details will be added as they become available.  Thank you for your support of the Marsh Tacky!
 
 
 6th Annual Beach Race
Daufuskie Island, SC (2014)
 
March 29, 2014 Beach Race Cancelled
 
The Carolina Marsh Tacky Association has reached the difficult decision to cancel the March 29, 2014 beach race. We appreciate the generosity of the Daufuskie community, especially Wick Scurry of J & W Corporation; Bryan McCarthy and Kevin McCarthy of Bloody Point Golf Club and Resort; Robin Townsend and Tracy Von Harten of Daufuskie Island Tourism, Pete Lang of Beachfield; and author, Roger Pinckney.  Thank you for your continued support of the Marsh Tacky.   
 
 
5th Annual Beach Race Results
Daufuskie Island, SC (2013)
 
 
 
April 27, 2013 - Daufuskie Island, SC
 
2,000 watched as Marsh Tacky horses returned to the beautiful beaches of Melrose.  Hacksaw, the last Daufuskie Marsh Tacky, left the Island with Mr. DP Lowther in the 1980s, during the construction of the golf course.  Four of Hacksaw's sons and two of his grandsons and two granddaughters took part in the 5th annual beach race.  While rain poured in Charleston, the weather couldn't have been better on Daufuskie.  Fourteen horses raced for bragging rights accompanied by three horse who came along just for show.  Two riders fell from their horses.  Wylie Bell, who rode gelding Sweet Home Alabama to victory in the gelding race, sustained a broken collar bone during the mare's race.  She was taken to the hospital in Hilton Head and was back on the island in time for the after race party.  Salt Creek Annie who has appeared in all 5 beach races, took the Mare's class, and young stallion, Jack Friday, raced to win the stallion class and the coveted Marsh Tacky Cup.  A good time was had by all.  Thank you to all whose support and contributions went into making the race a big success!  And thank you to Roger Pinckney, of Daufuskie Island, and Jackie McFadden, CMTA Secretary, for getting it all started! 
 
  
 
 

 
 
 
 
Marsh Tacky Cup Winner / Stallion Class Winner
 
Jack Friday
 
Ridden by Paige Cooley
Owned by Chris and MJ Goodwin
 
 
Gelding Class Winner
 
Sweet Home Alabama 
 
Ridden by Wylie Bell
Owned by Leighton Bell
   
Mare Class Winner
 
Salt Creek Annie
 
Ridden by Lauren Simons
Owned by Pete Simons
4th Annual Beach Race Results
Hilton Head Island, SC (2012)
 
 
 
March 18, 2012 - Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC

The races drew an crowd of more than 7,000 spectators this year. A total of 17 horses entered the races held on Coligny Beach in Hilton Head Island. James Bakker and Sage won the gelding division; Wylie Bell and Southern Breeze took the mare division; and Amber Smith rode Marion Gohagan’s stud, Sabata, for the win in the stallion class. The final race of the day should have included three horses, Sabata, Sage and Breeze, but Wylie Bell decided to scratch Breeze who appeared overheated.

Announcing the race was State Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. Longtime Marsh Tacky breeder DP Lowther was the race starter.

Thanks to all who volunteered and supported this event that raises awareness about the Marsh Tacky breed.

 
  
 
 

 
 
Marsh Tacky Cup Winner / Gelding Class Winner
 
Sage
 
Owned and ridden
by James Bakker
 
 
Stallion Class Winner
 
Sabata
 
Ridden by Amber Smith
Owned by Marion Gohagan
   
Mare Class Winner
 
Southern Breeze
 
Owned and ridden by Wylie Bell
   
 
   Congratulations to our Tacky Hat Winners, Chuck and Ann McNair!
 
 
3rd Annual Marsh Tacky Beach Race Results
Hilton Head Island, SC (2011)
  
February 27, 2011 - Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC

An estimated 7,000 spectators came out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to see 20 rare equines race for bragging rights and the winners cup at our Third Annual Marsh Tacky Beach Race on Hilton Head Island's Coligny Beach!  Congratulations to our winners!  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marsh Tacky Cup Winner / Mare Class Winner
 
Molly
 
Ridden by Brittany Bowen
Owner: Janson Cox
 
 
Stallion Class Winner
 
Sabata
 
Ridden by Marion Gohagan
   
Gelding Class Winner
 
Simpson
 
Ridden by David Grant 
   
 
2nd Annual Beach Race Results
Hilton Head Island, SC (2010)
  
February 28, 2010 - Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC

An estimated 5,000 spectators watched 20 rare equines race for bragging rights and the winners cup at our Second Annual Marsh Tacky Beach Race on Hilton Head Island's Coligny Beach! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marsh Tacky Cup Winner/Gelding Class Winner 
 
Blue Duck
 
Ridden by William Green
 
 
 Stallion Class Winner
 
Sabata
 
Ridden by Marion Gohagan
 
 Mare Class Winner
 
Molly
 
Ridden by Brittany Stevens
Owner Janson Cox
  
 
1st Annual Beach Race Results
Hilton Head Island, SC (2009)
   
February 01, 2009 - Mitchelsville Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC

The First Annual Marsh Tacky Beach Race revived the tradition of locals racing horses on the beach after the harvest, before the island was commercially developed.  The race brought out a surprising 3,000 spectators! 

In this race, the horses ran around a pole and back to the starting line.  After one collision and a few near misses, the race was changed to a straight race in 2010.  

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Marsh Tacky Cup Winner / Mare Class Winner
 
Holly
 
Ridden by David Grant
 
Stallion Class Winner
 
Sabata
 
Ridden by Marion Gohagan  
 Gelding Class Winner
 
Blue Duck
 
Ridden by William Green