Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Eastern Idaho

Reported by: Deanne Coffin
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Updated: 7/17/2014 11:39 pm
 The Clydesdales are best known for their starring role in the King of Beers Budweiser commercials, but what does it take to get the kings of gentle giants ready for a show?

Chris Wiegert, assistant supervisor for West Coast Hitch says this team of horses gets groomed every day with legs washed along with a body bath and haircut once a week.

"So it's a full day's work to get them out there and looking good,” says assistant supervisor, Chris Wiegert.

The Clydesdales are not the only ones that get pampered, Chip the Dalmatian plays a big role too.  Back in the 1950's the Dalmatian rode on the Budweiser wagon and would bark at people to get out of the way as the Budweiser Wagon made its way through town to deliver.  They chose the Dalmatian because of its black and white contrast so they would be easy to see during dusk and dark times and they also made a great watch dog and guarded the beer while the driver was making his deliveries.

"They work hard for us, so they get a good life,” added Wiegert.

Not only does it take several hours to prepare a Clydesdale for a show, but before that, they have to go through a selection process to even make the team.

Wiegert says they have to be a fixed male and stand 18 hands tall which is about 6 feet and have a solid coat of Bay Brown color and a black mane and tale along with a blaze of white on the face and four white stockings.

"There is just a lot of pride and honor in what you do.  You do all the work, you get them ready and make them look good and then when you see people's faces and their reactions when they get to get up close with them and see how big they are and how gentle they are.  There is a lot of honor in that,” concluded Wiegert.

The Clydesdales will be making a special appearance at the Chucker’s game on Thursday and another appearance at the Snake River Plaza in Idaho Falls on Saturday from 1 to 3.

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