Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Budweiser Clydesdales spent last week in Cape Girardeau

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Although the cold weather may not stay, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales made their way into Cape Girardeau this past week to signal the arrival of spring, thanks to invites from local wholesalers.

Those wholesalers included Drury Hotels and River Eagle Distributing Company.

The Clydesdales and team were located at Arena Park from April 3 to April 8. They also made appearances around Cape at various locations throughout their stay. Locations included Cape’s new police station, a Redhawks game at Capaha Field, a parade in downtown Cape and Dirt Cheap on Kingshighway.

Nick Green, a clydesdale ambassador, is part of the group of handlers for the Clydesdales that came to Cape. Green said there are three teams in the United States: St. Louis, Missouri, Fort Collins, Colorado and his team from Merrimack, New Hampshire. He said each team travels quite frequently.

“Each of the teams will spend upward of 300 days out of year away from their home stables,” said Green.

As far as traveling with the massive animals, Green said they are easy to travel with but handlers do limit how far they travel in a day and they never spend the night in their trailer.

“So, they always get off overnight, so they can stretch their legs, relax and have plenty of room to lay down before continuing on to our final destination,” said Green.

Many were on hand at their mobile stable in Arena Park for the event. Southeast students Hannah Wales and Rebecca Fisher were some of the people on hand.

“It was cool, they’re huge,” said Wales.

A clydesdale can weight around the size of a small car and, if stood up, can be as tall as a full size bed.

“I agree, I think it’s neat,” said Fisher.