Nevada County’s Draft Horse Classic has been selected for a visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales and their red, white and gold beer wagon, known to millions from their appearances in television commercials.
The Budweiser Clydesdales will make several appearances at the 21st annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, running from Thursday September 20th through Sunday the 23rd at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, in California.
Clydesdale Operations in St. Louis schedules the popular teams, picking from the thousands of requests received for the big horses every year.
The Draft Horse Classic, held each fall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, California has become one of the most highly regarded draft horse shows in the nation.
The Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company has acknowledged the event’s importance by sending their big horses to visit.
Once a destination is decided upon, three 50-foot tractor trailers transport the team and its colorful wagon to waiting fans.
The big horses ride on thick rubber flooring in trailers with air-cushion suspension. Cameras in the trailers and monitors in the cabs let handlers keep a watchful eye on their precious cargo. The team stops each night for rest at a stable.
There are five traveling hitches of Budweiser Clydesdales, covering a total of 100,000 miles a year in their special big rigs.
The Budweiser Clydesdales are scheduled to arrive in Grass Valley on Tuesday, September 18th.
The famous horses have represented the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company for 70 years.
Originally from Scotland, the Clydesdale takes its name from that country’s river Clyde. Farmers in the 19th century, along the Clyde’s banks, bred the Great Flemish Horse, forerunner of the Clydesdale.
Their ability to pull loads of more than a ton at a walking speed of five miles an hour quickly spread their reputations beyond Scotland’s borders.
Six performances will present competitions between the most talented drivers and best trained draft horses as the Gentle Giants perform crowd-pleasing maneuvers in pairs, three, and four abreast.
They’ll skid logs, pull classic antique farm wagons, and demonstrate how the draft horse started American farming.
Performances start Thursday evening, September 20th at 6:30 p.m. Following performances are Friday, September 21st at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 22nd, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, September 23rd at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The Budweiser Clydesdales will impress draft horse fans with their tremendous teamwork in all of the evening performances and in the Sunday late afternoon performance.
Link: Grass Valley, California Draft Horse Classic
Budweiser 180 degree team rotation demo