Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Budweiser Clydesdales will make several appearances in the Dayton area this week.

Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, a popular symbol of the brand since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in the area October 6 through 8, including:

  • Thursday, October 6 – Dayton Children’s Hospital, 10:30am, Noon; One Horse on display near the Main Entrance
  • Friday, October 7 – Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, noon – 2pm in the North Parking Lot; Whole Hitch on display – open to all ages
  • Saturday, October 8 – Speedway Store Grand Opening at 90 N. Xenia Drive in Enon, 10:30 – 11:30am; Whole Hitch on display

Here are a few interesting facts about the horses on display:

Anheuser-Busch says the Clydesdales’ appearance in Dayton 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.

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.

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