A Program With Horse Power

Mullet Hall Equestrian Center at Johns Island County Park in Charleston, S.C., is tucked within 738 acres of southern pines and moss-draped oaks, alongside open meadows and farm fields. This gem of a property was acquired by Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission (CCPRC) in 1994, and serves as host site to competitive horse shows, festivals, events, and exhibitions. The site also boasts approximately 20 miles of trails that wind through habitats of wild turkey, deer, bobcats, coyote, bald eagles, alligators, and other animals.

The property acquired the name from Thomas Mullet, its land owner from 1791 to 1793. Mullet was a book dealer in London, and no

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A favorite amenity at Mullet Hall is the ring dirt.

Photo Courtesy Of Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission

evidence exists that he ever inhabited the property. It is surmised that the subsequent owners—the Legare family—named the plantation “Mullet Hall” after its previous possessor.* Fast-forward 200 years, and the equestrian center got its start when South Carolina House Representative Lynn Seithel obtained $500,000 in state funds, and received technical assistance from Bob Bell of the Classic Company, LTD, a regional horseshow promoter. The site was designed by Jordan, Jones, and Goulding Inc., a landscape architectural and engineering firm.

MulletHallEquestrianCenter amenities include:

  • Four show rings
  • One grass Grand Prix ring
  • 40 acres of open grass fields
  • Ample lunging areas
  • Bleachers and judging stands
  • Two 98-stall barns with water and electricity
  • Two tent pads with water and electricity for temporary stalls
  • Horse-washing stations
  • A state-of-the-art sound system
  • Jumps
  • A show office
  • Ample parking
  • Trail access—accessible to trail-pass members on a year-round basis
  • 30- and 50-amp camping hook-ups

Mullet Hall does not offer riding lessons, rentals, or boarding.

The grounds can handle a variety of equestrian-related activities, including shows, trail events, clinics, dressage jamborees, and camp-outs. To maximize usage of the facility, CCPRC programs and hosts other non-equestrian activities, such as cross-country meets, themed races, dog shows, and large special events. Mullet Hall is also the host site for the Lowcountry Fliers, a group passionate about flying remote-controlled planes.

One of the amenities most praised at Mullet Hall is the ring dirt. Assistant Manager Ray Tanner has been called the “Ring Doctor” and “Ring Magician” by visitors. Tanner says he can’t take all of the credit, however; he uses available coastal pluff mud and sand to create a competent footing surface. Another advantage to this mixture is that this Lowcountry dirt doesn’t stain horses’ hooves. Visitors frequently scoop up ring dirt and ask staff where they might buy it.

Trails

Mullet Hall offers one of the few public equestrian-trail systems in the Lowcountry. It was blazed with the help of Americorps and the Lowcountry Saddle Club (LSC). These rider-friendly trails are perfect for all ages and abilities, and 56 color-coded intersection signs guide visitors along the way. The trail is used by local therapeutic-riding

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