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Upcoming Events

The 4th Annual Homegrown Holiday Bazaar

The 4th Annual Homegrown Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 10am-4pm at Johns Island County Park, 2662 Mullet Hall Road (location of Mullet Hall Equestrian Center). This amazing location will allow for many more vendors, plenty of free parking, and lots of beautiful space for more activities. The Holiday Bazaar serves as the Johns Island Farmers Market for the day welcoming over 100 vendors and farmers to help you Shop Local for the holidays. Admission is FREE. There will be plenty of fun for all ages including live local music with the V Tones from 10am-1pm, and members of Sol Drivin Train from 1pm – 4pm. Holiday crafts, bounce houses, hoola hooping, pony rides, hayrides, carriage rides, Marsh Tacky Horses, Antique Tractors, Santa & Mrs Claus, awesome food trucks, and so much more! Local craft beer from Low Tide and Holy City Breweries along with wine selections will be on tap all day.

Recent Events

The Santa Elena Lowcountry Fair with Historical Flair Race and Fun Show was held on November 18, 2017 at CottonHall Plantation. The day was filled with demonstrations, music, tours, re-enactments, as well as Marsh Tacky races. Riders and their horses also demonstrated their abilities to navigate an obstacle challenge.

The Obstacle Challenge was enjoyed by the those who came over and watched our competitors. They asked lots of questions and found the explanations fascinating! Our competitors were:

Houston – Wendy Soltis
Cornbread – Nicky Wiggins
Belle – Chase Hills
Tipsy – Daniel Lowther
Henry – Becky Wiggins
Cowgirl – Miranda North Rawson
Rabbit – Adam Faust
Ace – Johnny Speissegger
Bo – Charles Hills
Lil Horse – Marc Hudson
Kiss – Ricky Warren
Possum – Ricky Warren


The races were very exciting! Horses and Riders gave the spectators quite the show. The competitors were:

Heat 1 Geldings:
Ace ridden by John Eddie Speissegger
Henry ridden by Becky Wiggins (winner)
Lil’ Horse ridden by Marc Hudson

Heat 2 Mares:
Cowgirl ridden by Miranda North Rawson (winner)
Mariah ridden by Alexis W

Heat 3 Gelding/Stallion:
Buck ridden by Amy Merritt (winner)
Bo ridden by Charles Hills

Heat 4 Mares:
Tipsy ridden by Nicky Wiggins
Tractor ridden by Daniel Lowther (winner)

Semi-final Heat Geldings:
Henry ridden by Becky Wiggins
Buck ridden by Amy Merritt (winner)

Semi-final Heat Mares:
Cowgirl ridden by Miranda North Rawson (winner)
Tractor ridden by Daniel Lowther

Final Heat:
Cowgirl ridden by Miranda North Rawson (winner)
Buck ridden by Amy Merritt

If you are an experienced rider, live in Upstate South Carolina and would like to show one of our critically endangered Carolina Marsh Tacky horses, please get in touch!

Blackberry Ridge Horse Farm is seeking an experienced, motivated rider who would like to enter his or her choice of equine events with one of our critically endangered Carolina Marsh Tacky horses. We have 2 stallions, a mare and 2 geldings to choose from for a rider. The rider MUST be willing to come to our farm, 30 minutes outside of Anderson, SC, to train and practice. For the right person, we will transport the horse to mutually agreeable events and pay the entry fees. We also have other young horses available for the right trainers who would like to start a Marsh Tacky and compete in events of their choosing. Contact me, MJ Goodwin, by email at mj@mjgoodwin.com if you are interested in this arrangement. ANY discipline is fine. We would like to see Tackies excel in Western, English, Dressage and Endurance pursuits.

This opportunity is limited to experienced riders only. These are young, green horses and not suitable for inexperienced riders. The farm is located 30 minutes outside of Anderson, SC and travel here on a regular basis is required.

OPPORTUNITY TO RIDE AND COMPETE FOR FREE ON A CRITICALLY ENDANGERED CAROLINA MARSH TACKY HORSE.

If you are an experienced rider, live in Upstate South Carolina and would like to show one of our critically endangered Carolina Marsh Tacky horses, please get in touch! Blackberry Ridge Horse Farm is seeking an experienced, motivated rider who would like to enter his or her choice of equine events with one of our critically endangered Carolina Marsh Tacky horses. We have 2 stallions, a mare and 2 geldings to choose from for a rider. The rider MUST be willing to come to our farm, 30 minutes outside of Anderson, SC, to train and practice. For the right person, we will transport the horse to mutually agreeable events and pay the entry fees. We also have other young horses available for the right trainers who would like to start a Marsh Tacky and compete in events of their choosing. Contact me, MJ Goodwin, by email at mj@mjgoodwin.com if you are interested in this arrangement. ANY discipline is fine. We would like to see Tackies excel in Western, English, Dressage and Endurance pursuits. This opportunity is limited to experienced riders only. These are young, green horses and not suitable for inexperienced riders. The farm is located 30 minutes outside of Anderson, SC and travel here on a regular basis is required.

Requests

Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers are needed to assist with the CMTA newsletter and promotional events. Please contact us if you would like to help.

Information Needed!
If you will be attending an event with your Marsh Tacky or if you have a story to tell about your Marsh Tacky that you would like to have appear in the CMTA Newsletter, please send to Kelly White, kellyadairw@gmail.com. 

CMTA Member, Jackie McFadden, is writing a book about the history of the Marsh Tacky in South Carolina. She need stories, and photos of current and past Marsh Tackies to record their histories.
Contact: Jackie McFadden, 1434 Alexander Rd., Rock Hill, SC 29732 or marshtackyinfo@gmail.com. Phone: 803-517-2545. 

Become a Member!
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CMTA Brochure

Printable brochure to promote the Marsh Tacky.

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The CMTA Newsletter

The newsletter is a publication of the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association. Please send us photos and stories about your Marsh Tackies for the newsletter and descriptions of events that you plan to participate in with your Marsh Tackies.  After the events, send us a write-up about your experiences.

The CMTA Newsletter – Spring 2017

The South Carolina Marsh Tacky Association

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Carolina Marsh Tacky Association
P.O. Box 1447, Hollywood, SC 29449
marshtacky@gmail.com