To Preserve and Promote the History and Heritage of the Marsh Tacky Horse of South Carolina.
Carolina Marsh Tacky Horse Registry
The Marsh Tacky Registry Update (Spring 2015)
The registry is constantly being updated with new foals, trades, sales, deaths, gelding etc., all of which have to be recorded in the registry. 
   It is vital that owners notify the registry of changes with their horses so that the database is accurate and complete.
   The Marsh Tacky population has grown to just over 360 horses.

   The following are some basic statistics of the population as recorded in the registry on June 1, 2015.
      Total number of live horses: 361  
      Total number of females: 187
      Total number of males: 174 (94 studs, 80 geldings, 9 unknown status)
        Births recorded June 2014 - June 2015: 14
      Total number of horses recorded (live & deceased): 443

It is extremely important that owners notify the registry when they have gelded an animal so that we have an accurate accounting of available breeding stallions.  

For registry updates, contact Jeannette Beranger at ALBC, PO Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312, (919) 542-5704,


 How to Register a Marsh Tacky
Registration Requirements 
The Studbook / Registry was officially closed on August 18, 2010.
Realizing the need to protect the unique heritage of the Marsh Tacky horse and its link to the history of South Carolina, and in order to promote breed practices to preserve its purity, the Marsh Tacky Studbook and Registry was officially closed on August 18, 2010.  However, there may be exceptions to the rule if there is strong supporting evidence that the horse is a Carolina Marsh Tacky and that acceptance into the registry would benefit the population by adding vital genetics to the breed. 
*** Three conditions, in the following order, must be met before a horse can be considered for registration:
  • First, the lineage and origin of the prospective horse must be known.
  • Second, the prospective horse must be presented to the appointed CMTA Inspection Committee and pass a visual inspection for breed type and conformation.
  • Third, upon passing a visual inspection, a hair sample will be collected by the attending CMTA Inspection Committee member for DNA testing.  The DNA test results must match a current foundation horse.  The testing fee will be paid by the owner prior to testing.
Note:  Foals of registered sires and dams are eligible for immediate registration.  All new foals from registered parent stock must have a registration form filled out and submitted to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, including photos so that they may be entered properly into the registry.
Registry Registration Form (Click Here)
For more information see the Marsh Tacky Breed Standards page.
Acceptance into the registry does not imply an evaluation of animal soundness. A registration may be cancelled or amended by the ALBC Pedigree Registry at any time based on new information.
Pedigree certificates are signed and embossed and are mailed to owners upon acceptance of their horse into the registry. If there are any questions regarding the studbook or registry contact Jeannette Beranger at ALBC, PO Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312, (919) 542-5704,

We would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank the Thorne Foundation for their generosity that helped to make the first  Marsh Tacky studbook a reality.