The Budweiser Clydesdale’s Come To Anna Maria Island



Clydesdales on Bridge Street – October 14, 2017

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be visiting Anna Maria Island! We will have a front row stop. They will be out front and a little south of our condos..

Saturday, October 14th from 5pm – 7pm. Come and enjoy watching them as they make their way from Cortez Beach to Bridge Street, down to the pier roundabout and back to Cortez Beach.

History on the Budweiser Clydesdales *

Quintessential Draft Horses — More than 300 years ago, this imposing breed was first developed for farm work in the region of Clydesdale, Scotland. They are most easily recognized for their substantial feather — the long hairs of the lower leg that cover the hooves. Despite a dressy appearance, they are capable of pulling a 1-ton load at 5 MPH.

Origins — The Budweiser Clydesdales made their first-ever appearance on April 7, 1933. A gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition, the presentation of the original two six-horse hitches of champion Clydesdales moved father, sons and drivers to tears. The phrase “crying in your beer” was officially coined shortly thereafter.

Drawing Beer and Crowds — No strangers to television broadcasts and parades, the Budweiser Clydesdales have figured prominently in two Presidential inaugurations. They appeared in Missouri native Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949, and then again for Bill Clinton’s in 1993.

A Clydesdale’s Best Friend — In 1950, the Budweiser Clydesdales received their very own mascot: the Dalmatian. Traditionally used to guide horse-drawn fire carts, this spotted dog serves as friend and companion to the team, sitting aside the driver.

10 Fun Facts about the Budweiser Clydesdales *

What are the qualifications to be part of the Budweiser hitch?
Age: four years of age or older
Height: at least 6 feet tall from ground to shoulder
Weight: between 1,800 and 2,300 lbs.
Appearance: Bay coat, four white legs, white blaze, black mane and tail

How much does a Clydesdale eat?

Each Budweiser Clydesdale hitch horse will eat as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and drink 30 gallons of water per day.

Where are the Hitch locations?

When the Budweiser hitches are not on the road, the Budweiser Clydesdales can be seen at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo., Merrimack, N.H., and Ft. Collins, Colo. They also may be seen at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch near Boonville, Mo.

How are locations chosen for appearances?

Thousands of requests for the Budweiser Clydesdales are received each year from all over the U.S. Each request is evaluated on criteria, such as: type of event, event dates, and how often the horses have made an appearance in or around that location.

How are the Clydesdales transported to events?

Ten horses are transported in three 50-foot tractor-trailers. The team stops each night at local stables so the horses can rest. Each trailer is equipped with air-cushioned suspension and thick rubber flooring to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride.

How does one become a Hitch Driver?

Driving the combined 12 tons of wagon and horses requires expert skill and physical strength. Hitch drivers endure a lengthy training process before they assume the prestigious role of “Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch Driver.”

How big are the Clydesdales’ horseshoes?

Clydesdale horseshoes measure more than 20 inches from end to end and weighs about 5 pounds – a regular horse’s shoe is about 10 inches and weighs about a pound.

What are the Clydesdale’s hoofs made of?

A Clydesdale’s hoof is made of a nerveless, horn-like substance similar to the human fingernail.

Does it hurt when a Clydesdale gets new shoes put on?

Not at all, it is much like a person getting a manicure.
What type of wagons are used at hitch events?

The wagons are restored, turn-of-the-century beer wagons.

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