Corollas designated official state horse of N. Carolina

Wild horses at Corolla walk near the Currituck Beach Lighthouse recently. (Drew Wilson | The Virginian-Pilot)
Wild horses at Corolla walk near the Currituck Beach Lighthouse recently. (Drew Wilson | The Virginian-Pilot)

Corolla’s wild horses and others like them are expected to become the official state horse of North Carolina.

The General Assembly ratified a bill today naming Colonial Spanish mustangs as the state horse. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law.

Believed to be descended from Spanish mustangs that arrived here in the 1500s, about 100 wild horses live in the four-wheel drive area of the Currituck County Outer Banks. Another 120 live in Shackleford Banks in Carteret County.

The Corolla herd naturally divides into smaller groups of a lead stallion, a few mares and young horses. Groups can be seen frolicking on the beaches or grazing in the yards of homes behind the dunes. Wild horses are among the most popular tourist attractions on the Outer Banks.

The idea for the legislation came from students at Shawboro Elementary School in Currituck County.

Reported by Jeff Hampton for The Virginian-Pilot, June 3, 2010 >>

4 thoughts on “Corollas designated official state horse of N. Carolina”

  1. Actually Shawboro Elementary was one of the many participating schools. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund took the idea of a letter writing campaign to the Currituck County School District in March of 2009. The entire district participated as well a students in Dare and Carteret counties. We held the final assembly to present nearly 1,000 letters to our state legislators at Shawboro because their mascot is the Mustang. We are grateful to ALL the participating schools and students for giving our wild horses the recognition they so richly deserve.

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  2. Wow !!! This very exciting I am very familiar with this herd of Mustangs, we usually rent a beautiful house that sits right there with them! I am so happy this state is doing that !!! Kudos to N Carolina and the Outer Banks……………… And also the Students of Shawboro Elementary School for there insight and perception for their awesome Mustangs !!!!

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