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Home of The Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales!!!
There are only 2 Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale breeding stables in the U.S. One in ST. Louis Missouri and the other right here in Mennifee! Approximately 15 to 20 foals are born there each year.
Anheuser-Busch currently maintains the largest Clydesdale herd in the world, between 225 and 250 horses. The Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales were formally introduced to August A. Busch Sr., President of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., by his son on April 7, 1933. Prohibition had just been repealed, and to commemorate the event, the hitch thundered down Pestalozzi Street in St. Louis, carrying with it the first case of post-Prohibition beer from the St. Louis Anheuser-Busch brewery. Groups of ten Clydesdales travel together as a hitch team. Eight Clydesdales are hitched together to pull the wagon. Two horses travel as alternates. To qualify for one of the traveling hitches, an Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale must be a gelding (neutered male) at least four years of age. He must be 18 hands (6 ft. or 1.8 m); weigh between 1,800 to 2,000 lb. (817 - 907 kg); be bay in color; and have four white stocking feet, a blaze of white on the face and a black mane and tail. The physical ability of each horse determines its position in the hitch. Wheelhorses (the pair closest to the wagon) must be large and strong enough to start the wagon’s movement and to use their weight to help slow or stop the vehicle. The body (second position) and swing (third position) pairs must be agile to turn the wagon. The leaders (the pair in front, furthest from the wagon) must be the fastest and most agile pair.
The Clydesdale breed originated in the mid-eighteenth century in the Clyde Valley, Lanarkshire, Scotland, when the Sixth Duke of Hamilton (1742 - 1758) imported a flemish stallion (male horse) from Flanders (a region of Northern Europe currently encompassed by France, Belgium, and the Netherlands). It’s from this stallion mating with a work horse mare that the Clydesdale breed developed. The Clydesdale was bred for hauling coal and doing farm work. In Scotland it eventually replaced the Shire breed as a carriage horse. This breed’s official debut under the name Clydesdale was at the 1826 Glasgow Exhibition in Scotland.
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This cache is an ammo box filled with swag and a pair of movie passes for the first to find!!!
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Last Updated: on 4/18/2014 4:03:40 PM Pacific Daylight Time (11:03 PM GMT)
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