Clydesdales image from Budweiser website.

Camden's 86th annual Carolina Cup horse race will welcome a special group of four-legged guests May 22.

Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of the company since 1933, were scheduled to tour throughout the Midlands in 2020, however all appearances were postponed due to the pandemic.

The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed to the famous red beer wagon at the Springdale Race Course to participate in the Carolina Cup opening ceremonies. The Clydesdales’ appearance in Camden is one of hundreds made annually across the country.

Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800’s. The giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show today.

Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands (six feet) at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important as millions of people interact with the horses each year. One Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.

Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.

Those interested in purchasing tickets for the Carolina Cup races May 22, can do so online.

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