The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Indio, CA, this Friday, April 25, through April 27. To celebrate their 81st anniversary with Anheuser-Busch this year, the Clydesdales will appear at multiple community events while in Indio. This week, the world-famous red wagon and team of eight Budweiser Clydesdales will appear at events such as the Stagecoach Music Festival on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, where consumers are welcome to interact and take pictures with them. In addition, the hitch team will visit the Eldorado 1 RV Camping area on Friday, April 25.
The Budweiser Clydesdales first appeared on behalf of Anheuser-Busch on April 7, 1933, when they delivered a case of Budweiser to the White House in celebration of the repeal of prohibition of beer. Since then, the Budweiser Clydesdales have been an enduring symbol of Budweiser’s heritage, tradition and commitment to quality.
To qualify for one of the traveling hitches, a Budweiser Clydesdale must match a list of specific requirements. A Budweiser Clydesdale must be a gelding at least four years of age, stand 72 inches at the shoulder when fully mature, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds and have a bay coat with four white legs, a white blaze, and a black mane and tail. In addition to these Clydesdale requirements, Anheuser-Busch’s hitch drivers also go through an extensive training process before they earn the title of “Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch Driver.”
Each of these gentle giants will consume as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and 30 gallons of water per day. They need their strength to carry the harness and collar that weighs approximately 130 pounds and is handcrafted with solid brass, patent leather and stitched with pure linen thread.
Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser Clydesdales make hundreds of appearances each year. The hitch team’s upcoming visit to Indio is just one of the appearances it will make in 2014, never failing to draw a crowd wherever they go.
For more information on the Budweiser Clydesdales visit: www.budweiser.com.