How Are Clydesdales Selected for Anheuser Busch Commercials?


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A Budweiser traveling hitch Clydesdale must be at least four years old, stand 72 inches at the shoulder, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds and follow a standard coloring pattern that matches the other Budweiser Clydesdales. Anheuser Busch cares for the horses at its own stables in St. Louis, Missouri, and operates a 300-acre breeding ranch near Boonville, Missouri.

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Anheuser Busch raises Clydesdales for its traveling hitch operations, styled after the traditional beer wagons of the 19th century, and used in Budweiser commercials and promotion events. Horses that do not share the distinctive coloration of other Budweiser Clydesdales do not get to participate in any of the company's promotional activities. This coloration consists of a bay coat, a white blaze, four white legs, a black mane and a black tail. When the 10-horse hitch travels on promotional tours, a team of expert groomers accompanies the horses, providing 24-hour care for their comfort and safety. The Budweiser Clydesdales spend 10 months of the year on the road performing promotional work for the company and filming commercials.

Anheuser Busch keeps its Clydesdale hitches in St. Louis, Missouri, Merrimack, New Hampshire, and Ft. Collins, Colorado. There are also additional hitches at Warm Springs Ranch, the company's Boonville, Missouri, horse breeding ranch.

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