Budweiser Clydesdales Herd

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 16, 2006

How many Clydesdale horses does Budweiser have, and how much does each one weigh?
—Norman Humel, East Pembroke, N.Y.

Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser beer, has about 250 Clydesdales, descendants of Great Flemish workhorses from Scotland. The impressive animals have been part of the brewing company's culture since 1933, when the original hitch roared through downtown St. Louis carrying the brewery's first case of post-Prohibition beer. Physical requirements are strict: To qualify for one of Budweiser's five hitches, a Clydesdale must be a gelding at least four years of age, must stand 72 inches at the shoulder when fully mature, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds, be bay in color, have four white stocking feet, a blaze of white on the face, and a black mane and tail. Budweiser's Clydesdale herd is among the world's largest.