VIDEOS

Marsh Tacky: The Line in the Sand

Living quietly among rural communities and farms throughout South Carolina is the Marsh Tacky horse… a historical treasure whose importance is as obscure as the horse itself… Like the ocean washes away a line in the sand, the Marsh Tacky is galloping toward oblivion, if action to protect them is not bolstered by an understanding of this important horse. Once it crosses that line into extinction, it will be too late. This special horse will be gone, and an important part of our lowcountry’s history will remain a little understood memory. The Marsh Tacky has always had a line drawn in the sand… a challenge: to survive… to raise awareness about its importance… and to garner support for its preservation.

Interview with CMTA President, DP Lowther

This interview was shot on Mr. D.P Lowther’s farm in the South Carolina low-country. Mr Lowther owns a large portion of the Marsh Tacky herd and is responsible for transporting many of these wonderful horses from their previous locations on islands along the SC coast. The horses are all well cared for and live in the sprawling pastures and wooded areas on his large farm. Almost all of the horses are still wild and have never been ridden or shod. They are loved and watched over, but still live in a wild environment.

Marsh Tacky State Heritage Horse Bill Signing, July 28, 2010

Gov. Mark Sanford signs a bill designating the marsh tacky the official state heritage horse and the mule as the official state heritage work animal. Video by Kevin Dietrich.

Marsh Tacky: Emory Campbell

In this segment of Beaufort County Moments, Emory Campbell explains the importance of the Marsh Tacky to the Gullah Culture.

South Carolina ETV: Marsh Tacky

Amanda McNulty visits with David Grant on his farm in Florence, SC and learns about The Marsh Tacky Horse.

SC Living Magazine: DP Lowther’s Marsh Tacky Ranch

Interview with D.P. Lowther who owns the largest herd of marsh tacky horses in the United States.

Marsh Tackies at Coastal Discovery Museum

The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, S.C., welcomes a mother and daughter pair of Marsh Tackies, a breed with particular ties to the Lowcountry’s history. Interview with Marsh Tacky breeder, Marion Gohagan. (Video by Riversmart.com)

Marsh Tackies at Honey Horn Plantation

Daufuskie Darling and Comet the Marsh Tackies graze contentedly in their pen at the Coastal Discovery Museum. (Video by Jay Karr – The Island Packet)

2009 Marsh Tacky Races Mitchelville Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC

Sunday, February 22, 2009. Fifteen marsh tacky horses raced on the brown, wet sand of low tide at Mitchelville Beach as part of the island’s Gullah Celebration. It has been more than 40 years since the breed has galloped beside Port Royal Sound, the revival of a longtime Gullah and native islander tradition.” (Video by David Feld) Added Note: After the 2009 race, we no longer race Marsh Tackies around a pole. The race is now a straight race from start to finish.

2009 Marsh Tacky Races Mitchelville Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC

After a forty year absence, Marsh Tacky horse races return to the mud flats of Mitchelville Beach in Hilton Head island, SC. Marsh Tacky horses were original brought to North America by Spanish explorers in the 1500s. Only 150 Marsh Tacky horses are known to have survived. Until 1967, Marsh Tacky horse races were held on the beaches of Hilton Head island each year after the fall harvest. (Video by Alan Chaput)

2009 Marsh Tacky Races Mitchelville Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC

Video by monroejt

2009 Marsh Tacky Races Mitchelville Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC

Video by monroejt

2011 Marsh Tacky Races Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC

3rd Annual Marsh Tacky Race – February 27, 2011 (Video by Cory Tressler – Coastal Discovery Museum)

2011 Marsh Tacky Races Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC

Behind the Scenes: Marsh Tacky Races on the Beach – February 27, 2011 (Images by Kaufman Photography)

2012 Marsh Tacky Races Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC

4th Annual Marsh Tacky Race – (Video by Jack Bahm)

2012 Marsh Tacky Races Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island, SC

4th Annual Marsh Tacky Race – (Video by Tillering101)

2013 Marsh Tacky Races Daufuskie Island, SC

5th Annual Marsh Tacky Race Practice Run – (Video by Rastamule)

2013 Marsh Tacky Races Daufuskie Island, SC

5th Annual Marsh Tacky Race – (Video by SCNow)

Horse Tales - 4th Annual Marsh Tacky Races

On this week’s show we are in Hilton Head Island for the 4th Annual Marsh Tacky Races. It was a beautiful day and over 5,000 people gathered on the beach for the races. Commissioner Hugh Weathers was the Master of Ceremonies for the event and James Bakker from Charleston,SC took home the trophy. A great time was had by all!

Horse Tales - CMTO Past, Present, and Future

In this week’s episode, we explore our history with the Marsh Tacky and the unique and diverse group of folks who have been brought together by this breed of horse.

Horse Tales - Daufuskie Island (Part 1)

On this week’s episode, Team Marsh Tacky heads to the islands for an extreme photo shoot adventure on the enchanting Daufuskie Island. We explore this island off the coast of South Carolina, discovering its rich history and interesting residents. This is part one of a two-part series.

Horse Tales - Daufuskie Island (Part 2)

On this week’s episode, Team Marsh Tacky heads to the islands for an extreme photo shoot adventure on the enchanting Daufuskie Island. We explore this island off the coast of South Carolina, discovering its rich history and interesting residents. This is part two of a two-part series.

Horse Play in May 2012 - Pendleton, SC

Horse Play in May at the Garrison Arena in Pendleton, SC. MJ Goodwin’s Blackberry Ridge Marsh Tackies and Gwen McPhail’s Marsh Tackies were featured in the Parade of Breeds. The Marsh Tackies were attention grabbers. (Video by MJ Goodwin)

Ride Along with Team Marsh Tacky

Carolina Marsh Tacky Outdoors

Marsh Tacky Stallion, Eddie, In Training

Video by John Speissegger

Shooting from Horseback

Featuring Marion Gohagan and Marsh Tacky gelding, Lonely.