What About the Budweiser Clydesdales?

TheHorse.com has had numerous questions about the fate of the Budweiser Clydesdales since it was announced in July of 2008 that Belgian brewer InBev had purchased Anheuser-Busch, creating the world's largest brewer. Another spate of questions arrived this spring as the Budweiser Clydesdales began their year of touring, and that sparked us to get back in touch with Jim Poole, General Manager, Clydesdale Operations.

Poole was our tour guide and spokesman when we did a cover story in The Horse magazine on the Budweiser Clydesdales in 2007 entitled Larger Than Life: The Budweiser Clydesdales.

Here are our/your questions and Poole's answers.

TheHorse.com: With the new owner of Anheuser-Busch, will the Clydesdales remain a part of the company?

Poole: Yes. It's business as usual here. We'll still be traveling to the same number of events each year, and requests for the Budweiser Clydesdales are still pouring in from across the country.

TheHorse.com: Will there be any changes in the investment (larger or smaller) for the Clydesdales?

Poole: The Budweiser Clydesdales will continue to represent Budweiser quality at major parades, sporting events, and festivals around the country just as they have for more than 75 years.

TheHorse.com: Will they make more, fewer or about the same number of appearances?

Poole: We are still receiving more requests than we can accommodate and will be making appearances across the country. The traveling hitches make more than 500 appearances each year, and wherever they go, they are always a crowd pleaser.

TheHorse.com: Will there be any changes on the breeding side of the Clydesdales operation?

Poole: No.

TheHorse.com: Will the Clydesdales still be part of the theme parks?

Poole: Yes. The Budweiser Clydesdales may be viewed at Grant's Farm in St. Louis and at the following Anheuser-Busch theme parks: Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., and Tampa, Fla., and at the SeaWorld theme parks in Orlando, Fla.; San Diego, Calif.; and San Antonio, Texas.

TheHorse.com: What is the target number of Clydesdales under the new management (geldings on the road, at the theme parks, and for breeding, etc.)?

Poole: There are no changes to the number of Clydesdales we'll be working with. Our breeding farms are active as ever, and we'll still be traveling with our Clydesdales taking part in events, parades, sporting events, and festivals across the country.

It's good to know that some things don't change!

You can find out more about the Budweiser Clydesdales' at Budweiser Clydesdale's History.


About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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