The Budweiser Clydesdales were first introduced to the public on April 7, 1933, to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. On that day, August A. Busch, Jr. presented a hitch of 6 horses as a gift to his father, August Anheuser Busch, Sr. at the brewery. The hitch then proceeded down Pestalozzi St to deliver the first case of post-prohibition beer in St Louis. Recognizing the significance and marketability of this amazing team they went on tour and were shown delivering beer to the former governor of New York and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The horses began showing up in Super Bowl ads in 1986 and became a tradition for families to watch as much as watching the Super Bowl.
Anheuser-Busch owns one of the largest herds of Clydesdale horses in the world; totaling about 250 horses that are kept at various locations throughout the United States. They have three teams of Clydesdale that tour the world. The team consists of 10 horses, a Studebaker beer wagon, three 50 ft. long Semis, a team of handlers, groomers, a vet and a Dalmatian dog.
To qualify for the hitch the Clydesdale must be at least 4 years old, stand at least 18 hands (72 inches) at the withers (the ridge between the shoulder blades) and weight between 1800-2300lbs. In addition they must also have the beautiful reddish-brown coast with black mane and tail, 4 white feet and a blaze of white on the face.
Today, the Budweiser Clydesdales continue to be an enduring symbol of the brewer’s heritage, tradition and commitment to quality, making hundreds of appearances across the country each year. We are so fortunate to live in Las Vegas as the Clydesdales pass through our area several times a year on their way to different appearances. We have the team stopping for a quick visit right before Christmas. Please come out to one or all the locations listed below to view this amazing team and take pictures.
- South Point Hotel / Casino – in their Preifert Arena – on Thursday, Dec. 21st from 12p – 6p. Free Budweiser beer, free hot chocolate / coffee, Santa, and souvenir photos!
- Total Wine parking lot (Strip location – in Town Square) – on Friday, Dec. 22nd from 1p – 3p. The whole hitch and 8 horses will be on display.
- Wal-Mart #4356 parking lot (7200 Arroyo Crossing Parkway – at Rainbow and 215 south), on Saturday, Dec. 23rd from 1p – 3p. The whole hitch and 8 horses will be on display.
- Each of the Clydesdales’ handcrafted harnesses and collars weigh approximately 130 pounds.
- Dalmatians were known as coach dogs because they ran between the wheels of coaches or carriages and were companions to the horses. Since the 1950s, Dalmatians have traveled with the Budweiser Clydesdales hitch, perched atop the wagon proudly seated next to the driver.
- The turn-of-the-century beer wagons have been meticulously restored and are kept in excellent condition. The wagons are equipped with two braking systems: a hydraulic pedal device that slows the vehicle for turns and downhill descents, and a hand-brake that locks the rear wheels when the wagon is at a halt.