World famous Budweiser Clydesdales appears in Statesboro
Horses will lead the team on the Eagle Walk and will be available for photos
CITIZEN – The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, a symbol of Anheuser-Busch quality and tradition since 1933, are produced in the
area on November 19, including one at Paulson Stadium in conjunction with Saturday’s Eagle Walk.
On November 19, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the team of eight will be hitched up and attached to the famous red beer wagon in the university bookstore. The “gentle giants,” as they’re often called, will take part in Georgia’s southern football Eagle Walk ahead of their home game against Marshall. The Clydesdales’ route begins at the Bookstore, continues through the tailgates at the PAC and RAC, and ends by taking the Georgia Southern football team onto the Eagle Walk outside of Paulson Stadium. The Eagle Walk begins at 3:45 p.m
The hitchhiker’s ceremony is open to the public and fans are encouraged to attend.
The Clydesdales’ appearance in Statesboro is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling supporters. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-19th century. Today, the huge draft horses are mainly used for breeding and show.
Horses selected for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years old, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, be brown in color, have four white legs and have a blaze of White in the face and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important as draft horses encounter millions of people every year. A single Clydesdale hitch horse uses up to 20-25 liters of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.
Every hitchhiker travels with a Dalmatian. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to guard the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went in to make deliveries.
Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at Anheuser-Busch Breweries in St. Louis, Mo.; Merrimack, New Hampshire; and ft. Collins, Colo. They can also be viewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-acre Clydesdale breeding farm near Boonville, Mo.