Thursday, October 1, 2009
World famous Budweiser Clydesdales to parade in Oxford October 1
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 on October 1-3 and will be stabling and available for viewing at A&B Distributing Company, your Budweiser wholesaler, 10777 High Point Road, Olive Branch on October 3, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon in Oxford, on October 1, 2-4 p.m. Visitors are welcome to come early and watch as the horses are dressed and hitched for parade. The hitch will parade from Mid Town, up “North Lamar” to the square. In addition, the team will be the featured act at the Mid South Rodeo, Friday and Saturday nights, October 2 and 3, 7 p.m., Desoto Civic Center, Southaven.
The Clydesdales’ appearance in the area is one of 300 made annually by the five traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800s. Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show.
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 dog. 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.
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