About Us

David Grant, the "Pee Dee Cowboy"



I am Carolina born and raised. I am a husband, father, business owner, avid hunter, and horseman. Growing up in the Pee Dee, I had a boyhood passion for horses, but athletics were a bigger draw during my teenage years. However, horses never lost that mystical allure for me.

As years passed, raising a family and working hard took precedence in my life. After a brief stint as a self-proclaimed duck-aholic, followed by an even briefer stint as a deer-aholic, I one day told my wife of 30 years, "St. Lynda" (she can attest to all the reasons why I must give her heavenly status), that I want a horse.

Little did I know that I was about to begin a journey that would bring new friends, new adventures and new appreciations into my life. Using one of my favorite sayings, "It is not how you start, but how you finish," I began a quest as a horse owner in my mid-forties.

I began searching for a breed of horse to use for deer and wild boar hunting. That quest sent me on a journey that was guided by the good Lord; because the way the last ten years have evolved has been nothing less than a miracle.

I have helped form the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the South Carolina State Heritage Horse. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Horsemen's Council. I also own, breed and hunt boar with Marsh Tacky horses.   

All of this gave me the encouragement to move to the next level and fulfill my lifelong dream of developing an entertaining and informative equine television show dedicated to all breeds and disciplines of horses and the people who love them.
 


"Keep your heart with all diligence. For out of it spring the issues of life." ~ Proverbs 4:23









Wylie Bell, co-host



My first horse was an aging miniature pony named Flash that was left behind by a well-intentioned client at my dad’s veterinary clinic. I don’t remember Flash but there are many photos of me in diapers being led around on him clutching the saddle horn as if he were a wild stallion. 

Growing up, I only rode horses in the show ring a handful of times. I preferred the freedom of trail riding and exploring on horseback to learning and perfecting a discipline. These days, however, I seek clinics and instructional lessons to improve my riding and overall horsemanship. I have gained experience in horse training and have started a number of horses under saddle.

I met the Pee Dee Cowboy when I joined the effort to raise awareness for the Marsh Tacky, a rare breed of horse native to South Carolina whose numbers dwindled to critical levels. This unique little horse has been the catalyst for many adventures for me, from hog hunting to horse racing – now to co-hosting a television show. I look forward to entertaining viewers as I join the Pee Dee Cowboy in seeking out “Horse Tales” around the state and beyond.








Blaire Burdette, former co-host



I was introduced to horses at a young age and instantly fell in love with them. I took lessons and did shows until my teenage years got the best of me. My love for horses quickly took a back door to cheerleading and friends, but that passion was always lingering in the background. 

I went off to college for Fashion Design and Marketing and stayed in that field for a while. Several years after that, I realized that the most important thing in my life was my family and I was four hours away from them. I decided to move back to my roots of Florence, South Carolina. This is when my Dad, the Pee Dee Cowboy and I rekindled my love for horses. By riding along with the Pee Dee Cowboy as a co-host of "Horse Tales," I have learned more about horses and have encountered many wonderful people who have touched my life.

I have experienced many exciting changes in my life over the past few years, one was becoming Mrs. Bradley Burdette and becoming a mother. I have also opened a fashion boutique in Florence called Pieces that sells clothes, jewelry and other accessories, as well as home and household decor. Because of my family and work responsibilities, I no longer appear on the show, but I continue to support my father and his dream of bringing an exciting and informative equine show to viewers each week.   


 





Richard Perdue, videographer


  
I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and worked directly out of college for five years with WPDE-TV 15 before becoming a free-lance videographer. For the past 27 years, I have had the opportunity to work with ESPN, ESPN2, SPEED CHANNEL, FOX Sports, Versus, and several other local networks. 

Sports are my passion, so if there is any type of sporting event going on... that's where I will be.


I currently serve as videographer and producer for several outdoor shows to include SC Outdoors, Reelin' Up the Coast and Bob Redfern Outdoor Magazine. My latest venture is being part of the television show "Horse Tales."











Daniela Snyder, creative director (print/web)



I am a business owner, photo artist and creative designer. I first met David Grant in 2005 and have since been very successful in igniting a passion for the Marsh Tacky horse and David's "Carolina Marsh Tacky Outdoors," resulting in an unprecedented exposure worldwide. Growing up in the world of classical dressage, seeing David's Marsh Tackies in action in the swamps was a cultural shock for someone like me who was used to show ring riding. He and his Marsh Tackies barreled through some of the most challenging and dangerous terrain imaginable for a horse. It was a hair raising and heart stopping experience (and still is to this day). I was intrigued to learn more about these horses and the fascinating history surrounding them. A few photo shoots, history books and long conversations later and I was completely hooked on what has since become one of my biggest passions in life. I have learned a great deal about American History, its heroes and horses.

Just like the Tackies, Southerners are a unique bunch with a culture all their own. Following David's passion and being a part of Horse Tales has opened many doors to help Equestrian Images grow and has pushed me to expand my creative skills. It's also made me a better rider and horsewoman.










Rebecca Ducker, editor/videographer



Following ten years in newspaper and television multimedia journalism, I moved to commercial production in 2013. My skills include photojournalism, videography, graphic design and video production. I grew up with a love of all things horses. In my early years, I rode anything anyone would let me ride, including rogue ponies, off the track Thoroughbreds, and a terror of a grade horse named "Brownie" who landed me in the hospital more than once. During my twenties, I showed in the Hunters, winning many year-end-awards in my native state of Rhode Island.

Combining my love of visual communication and horses, I joined the Horse Tales team in 2017 as a videographer, editor and producer. In my spare time, I can be found tending my garden, working on major home improvement projects, caring for foster dogs and exploring the coast.











Dwain Snyder, still photographer



I am originally from Pontiac, Michigan with strong native american roots. I have been very passionate about photography and animals for most of my life. The decision to start my own photography business, Equestrian Images, began with a desire to reach out to a specific audience and tell a visual story, that may change the fate of a mistreated or endangered animal, and to produce visually stunning imagery that shows the beauty and spirit of all creatures.

When I first met David for a photo shoot, little did I know that this was no ordinary farm call. David was a hunter and he wanted his horses to be captured doing their job: chasing wild hogs through the swamps with a pack of Pee Dee game dogs at their heels. After my first hunt along the swampy river banks of the Great Pee Dee River, I looked like I had been through a meat grinder climbing through briars and brush trying to keep up with the action of the hunt. A few Lowcountry extreme shoots later and I was hooked! I fell in love with the breed's courage and spirit. I have since had the great fortune to photograph some amazing horses, but the Marsh Tacky has and will always be one of the toughest and most fascinating horses I've ever met. I have since been on many adventures with Team Marsh Tacky and each one has been very different and brought on different sets of challenges. I often wonder if myself and the camera will survive the next trip.

David is a very special friend and I am excited to be able to continue this tradition and provide behind-the-scenes and promotional stills for his television show "Horse Tales."