WORLD FAMOUS BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES TO APPEAR AT OAKLAWN MAY 4
The Clydesdales will be on the track at approximately 1:15 p.m. and heading to the Infield, they will be available for photos with the public until approximately 3 p.m. (weather permitting).
The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make an appearance at Oaklawn on May 4.
While not the Budweiser Clydesdales, the breed has a long history with Oaklawn. Up until the early-80s, the Clydesdales were responsible for positioning the starting gate between the races and the horses lived in the Infield.
Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands - or six feet - at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white stockings, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.
The Budweiser Clydesdale appearance in Hot Springs is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800’s. Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show.
Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.
A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.
The Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo.; Merrimack, N.H.; and Ft. Collins, Colo. They also may be viewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville, Mo.
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