Clydesdales Visit League City

10/27/2009


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WORLD FAMOUS BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES TO APPEAR IN LEAGUE CITY
by Kristi Wyatt

The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in the area, including one at League City Hall on Tuesday, October 27th. The eight-horse Hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Clydesdales’ appearance in League City is one of 300 made annually by the five traveling hitches. This appearance is to celebrate Del Papa Distribution’s 100th Anniversary of doing business in Galveston County. 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.

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, weight 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 often meet millions of people each year.

Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian dog. 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.

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