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February 17, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - February 21, 2016 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
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 from February 18-21,2016, including two at Rillito Park Race Track in conjunction with Rillito Horse Racing.
The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon at the following dates and locations:
• Wednesday, February 17 from 5-6:30PM
o VIP Stable Showing-Media and Invite Only
• Thursday, February 18 from 3 to 5PM: Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Class Six (access restrictions apply)
• Friday, February 19th Single Horse Showings:
o Fry’s Food Store (8080 S. Houghton) from 4PM-4:45PM
o Walmart Supercenter (9260 S. Houghton Rd) from 5:15PM to 6PM.
• Saturday, February 20th-Sunday February 21 “: Rillito Park Horse Track (4502 N First Avenue).
o Full hitch showing 2:30PM-3:30PM each day.
o Sunday, February 21 st from 9:30-10:30AM stable viewing during Farmer’s Market.
The Clydesdales’ appearance in Tucson is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish decent 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 of2,000 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.
The Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo.; Merrimack, N.H.; and Ft. Collins, Colo. They also may be viewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville, Mo.