Budweiser Clydesdale Commercials: Remembering Favorites – 2

The Little Donkey That Could

Like many of Budweiser’s Clydesdale commercials, this one aired first during a Super Bowl — in this case, the 2004 edition.

A Dalmatian Channels Mickey Goldmill

This 2008 commercial is an inspirational story with Dalmatians and set to the theme from Rocky.

Over One Hundred Horse-Drawn Antique Carriages In Historic Christmas Parade

In Lebanon, Ohio the Antique Horse Drawn Carriage Parade has become one of the most anticipated Christmas celebrations. People travel afar to see this time honored tradition.

The unique Christmas parade features more than 100 antique horse-drawn carriages parading through the streets of beautiful historic downtown Lebanon.

Each year, hundreds of horses and thousands of local Lebanon, Ohio residents prepare for the coming of Christmas.

As night falls, historic buildings and candle-lit streets provide the perfect backdrop for this parade.

People of all ages line Lebanon’s charming downtown streets, candles in hand, anxiously awaiting the first of 100 horse-drawn antique carriages to pass by.

Held every year on the first Saturday in December, this Christmas parade has become one of the most unique and beautiful holiday celebrations in the Midwest.

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Source: Examiner News
Photos: Warren County, Ohio

Budweiser Clydesdale Commercials: Remembering Favorites – 1

Original Budweiser Commercial

First aired in 1967, this commercial was the first featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales — and it is still one of the best. The jingle has stayed in my head for decades: “Here comes the King, here comes the Big Number One.”

The commercial has played for fans at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, who after several Buds, clap like puppets in time with the song.

The Extra Point

“Nah, they usually go for two.” This 1996 spot was Bud’s first Super Bowl commercial featuring the Clydesdales, and remains the most memorable.

It’s featured on many lists of the best Super Bowl commercials ever made.

Draft Teams ~ Gotta Love Those Names !

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Tom and Jerry

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Lucy and Ethel 

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 Mickey and Minnie

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Ike and Mike

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Molly and Dolly

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Nip and Tuck

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Pete and Repete

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And not to be missed … Mule Teams!

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Sonny and Cher

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Fred and Ted

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Jack and Bill

(Read all about Jack and Bill)

If you know more clever names for teams, please let me know. I’m collecting them.  Would appreciate photos, also. Thanks!

Huge Draft Horses Bring History To County Fair

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 Under a sweltering sun,  hundreds of fairgoers sat patiently in the stands of the Washington County Fairgrounds arena, waiting for a time machine.

It appeared soon enough – two powerful draft horses pulling the lumbering wagon and making it seem like a plaything.

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“They are really what made America land of the free. This horsepower did that,” intoned Forest Grove’s Lyle Spiesschaert, the show’s announcer.

The horses on display weren’t just a window into the nation’s history – when dry goods were piled high on carts and wagons – but also a piece of the founding fabric of Washington County, Oregon.

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As suburban development has spread west, the large tracts of land necessary to raise these large animals have disappeared and many of their caretakers have moved south to Yamhill County.

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Duane Van Dyke, the producer of the draft horse show, made the move two years ago after his wife, Diane, made it clear that they needed to buy more land or sell some horses.

That was an easy call for Duane. He couldn’t bear to raise fewer horses, so the family moved south.  “We ran out of room for horses,” Van Dyke said.

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Duane Van Dyke said his father grew up farming with horses and couldn’t wait until they got a tractor on the family farm.

Now his dad has a pair of working drafts that Van Dyke gave him – and he’s settled into plowing with horses again.

The 72-acre Van Dyke farm is big enough to allow him to pasture the animals year-round, and work them as well.

“It’s kind of a way of life for us,” Van Dyke said.

The “us” is the whole family. His daughter-in-law, and niece both drove in the County Fair.  Both snagged top honors in the competition.

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The patriarchs of the three driving teams on exhibition at the fair are all longtime friends.

“Big Mike and I practically came up together,” Van Dyke said.  And Dave Cunningham drove his team of Belgians, all spruced up in gold tack.

“There is no bigger thrill in the world – you’re sitting up on that wagon (and) your leaders are 40 to 50 feet away from you,” Van Dyke said.

“You’d liken it not to a sports car but more like a big diesel rig,” he added.

They’re all bound by the love of the animals and old fashioned horsepower.

The Giants of the Horse World Strut Their Stuff In England’s Grand Show

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Heavy horses make the earth move

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The giants of the horse world came out to strut their stuff in the Heavy Horse Spectacular at the Weald and DownlandOpenAirMuseum, at Singleton, near Chichester, West Sussex, England.

The event is one of the biggest of its kind in the south of England, and one of the few where visitors can see the powerful and majestic horses display their skills and versatility.

More than 40 Shires, Clydesdales, Suffolks, British Percherons and Ardennes horses took part in a variety of activities.

Weighing up to a ton and standing up to 19 hands high, these horses are prized for their good looks, gentle temperament and capacity for work.

Heavy horses have found a modern role in the leisure and public relations industries, environmentally sensitive forestry and on organic smallholdings.

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 Among the highlights at the Spectacular this year was one of the newest developments in the heavy horse scene – cross-country driving.

Intrepid drivers put on a special display of timed obstacle driving through a cones course. Another feature was the Museum’s own cattle transporter, built in 1911 by Horder & Sons, and drawn by one of the resident working Shire horses.

During the event, the Museum’s Shire horses showed their seasonal tasks. The team works throughout the year on the beautiful 50-acre Museum site in the South Downs.

Encouraging the growing interest in working horses, the Museum runs heavy horse experience courses, where students can find out about the management and care of heavy horses as well how to drive, harrow and plough.

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 One of the most popular elements of the event was the chance to get up close to the “heavies” as their owners prepared them in the horsebox area.

The event was rounded off with a grand parade.

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