August 2016 D I G E S T The Official Publication of the Kiawah Island Community Association The Kiawah Cup Races to the Island This Fall Visit kiawahcup.org for more info! Come celebrate a unique aspect of our state’s heritage and enjoy a party on the pool deck, while supporting the work of Kiawah Cares on the Sea Islands, at the 2016 Kiawah Cup! The Kiawah Cup is now accepting limited sponsorship investments for the event. For more information, visit kiawahcup.org and click on Become a Sponsor. The Kiawah Cares Foundation (KCF) has partnered with the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association (CMTA) to bring the 2016 Kiawah Cup to life. The event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 29 and features a thrilling Marsh Tacky horse race down Kiawah’s beach. Ticketing information is coming soon. Save the date and watch for updates by visiting kiawahcup.org, following our eblasts, and/ or liking the Kiawah Cup on Facebook today! The Kiawah Cup is KCF's primary fundraiser during the year, supporting programs for Sea Island seniors, students and the underprivileged. Volunteer assistance is important for making this event happen. If you would like to volunteer on event day or prior to the event (assisting with auction items, sponsorship investments, etc.), visit kiawahcup.org and click on Volunteer For the Kiawah Cup to see opportunities. About the Marsh Tacky Horse and the CMTA South Carolina designated the marsh tacky (Equus caballus) as the official state heritage horse in 2010. The marsh tacky is a rare colonial Spanish horse breed unique to South Carolina. These tough horses have played a pivotal role in the development and defense of the state, and were an integral part of life in early Lowcountry communities. They were once plentiful in the Lowcountry, but these horses are now endangered with only 360 documented Marsh Tackies in existence. The CMTA works to preserve and promote this breed of horse throughout the state.