And They’re Off

Marsh Tackys return home on Daufuskie Island

You’ll feel the ground shake beneath your feet as the races are run on the beaches of Daufuskie Island

The setting – an isolated beach, a light breeze in the air, a pack of runners with their bare feet running through the tide, sand splashing up on their competitors following closely behind.  Are you starting to hear the theme song to Chariots of Fire?  I am too.  But I’m not talking about the iconic movie that shares the same name of that memorable song.

It’s the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association’s annual beach race.  The Marsh Tacky, a rare breed of small horse well adapted for use in the lowland swamps of its native South Carolina, will return home on April 27th.   The fifth annual race, scheduled for the first time on Daufuskie Island, will reunite these near extinct horses with their native island (many of the breed’s foundation genetics come from Daufuskie).

Horses will inundate Daufuskie, an eight square mile sea island situated between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, that Saturday to compete in three classes – mares, geldings and stallions.  Organizers are anticipating up to 20 of these rare horses coming from throughout the southeast region for the inaugural event to be run on Daufuskie.

Important facts for spectators:

  • Stop by the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn to visit Comet, one of the two Marsh Tackys that call Honey Horn home

    Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2013

  • Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Beach and grounds surrounding the Beach Club at Melrose on the Beach
  • Tickets: There is no admission fee for the races.  However, transportation tickets (unless coordinated otherwise) can be purchased through Calibogue Cruises.
  • Not to miss: In addition to the races themselves, after parties will be hosted at both Freeport Marina (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and the Beach Club at Melrose on the Beach (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) with live music, food and beverage

Want an up close look at a Marsh Tacky before race day? Visit our resident Marsh Tackys, Comet (17 years old) and Tadpole (2½ years old), at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.