The past couple months, my wife and I have had the pleasure of visiting your beautiful area and many of its wonderful amenities. One we particularly enjoyed recently was the marsh tacky run on Coligny Beach. The event was well-attended, and the marsh tackies are a fun and beautiful breed with a very deep and native origination.
One aspect of the event that I (and, I might add, many other attendees) noticed was the somewhat awkward or poorly executed start of each race. Unfortunately, many of the races were virtually over even before they started because the starter did not appear to have a good grasp of the task at hand. It seemed the job was an honorary position and was one of those things that was just tolerated as part of the tradition.
It was not until a couple days later that I noticed the newspaper accounts of the races and the in-fighting within the marsh tacky community of breeders. From an outsider's point of view, based on what I have read in the newspapers, this seems like such trivial and unnecessary hubris that it has a strong possibility of destroying the entire event. It is obvious the riders, as well as the horses, truly enjoy this opportunity to run, and I urge the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association to find a quick resolution to this problem so residents and visitors alike can continue to enjoy this event for years to come.
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