COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be pulling into Columbus as the holiday season races closer to town.
The Clydesdales' appearance in Columbus is one of the hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800's.
Now, the horses are now are mostly used for breeding and for showing.
Their schedule includes:
- Thursday, Nov. 17: The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon at the Columbus Park Crossing from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- There is NO EVENT on Friday, Nov. 18.
- Saturday, Nov. 19: the “Gentle Giants,” as they are often referred to, will participate in a Budweiser Block Party on Broadway that will begin at 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, Nov. 20: the Clydesdales will be making an appearance at the Main Exchange on Ft. Benning from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Facts about the Clydesdales:
- 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 2,000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.