Today in NC State History: Clydesdales gallop to campus

April 23, 2013
By Chris Saunders

blog_series6Many animals have passed through the halls of NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine through the years, but none more famous than the storied Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales.

Those Clydesdales, routinely featured in annual Super Bowl beer commercials, came to Raleigh to help celebrate the opening of the vet school on this day in 1983. And they were the first horses ever to be kept in the school’s stables.

But, according to the Technician, the Clydesdales weren’t here just to celebrate the event at NC State. They themselves had something to commemorate.

“The new school’s opening coincides with the 50th anniversary of the the repeal of prohibition,” a 1983 Technician reports. “In that year, 1933, one member of the Busch family gave the Clydesdales to his father to celebrate the repeal of prohibition. The horses have practically become an American institution since then.”

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