The original Clydesdale team of horses was a gift from the Busch brothers, August and Adolphus to their father in celebration of the end of Prohibition in 1933.
In the 1950’s Dalmatians were trained to guard the wagon when the driver stepped away to make deliveries to his customers. Today, the dogs serve as a companion and friend to the horses.
The first Anheuser-Busch Super Bowl commercial featuring the Clydesdales was aired in 1986. Since then, more than 25 of the commercials that provoke us to think about life’s greatest moments have elevated Super Bowl Sundays.
To be selected as a Budweiser Clydesdale, horses must be at least 17 hands or 6’ tall at the shoulder and weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 lbs. They must have a black tail and mane, a white blaze face, and four white feet.
The public is invited to come out to witness the grandeur of the Clydesdales right here in Maryville on Thursday evening between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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