Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Clydesdale's make their presence known at 3i

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  • Polishing, grooming, tacking up and hitching the Budweiser Clydesdale team at yesterday's 3i Show took nearly an hour and a half, but the crowd that gathered to see the noble horses didn't seem to mind.
    Young children and aged farmers alike snapped photos and exchanged compliments on the size and disposition of the eight hand-picked Clydesdale traveling hitch team.
    Tack for one Clydesdale comes in at about $10,000, according to one of Budweiser trainers. Each handcrafted harness and collar weighs nearly 130 pounds. The harness is made of brass and leather.
    To qualify for one of the traveling hitches, a Budweiser Clydesdale must be a gelding at least four years of age, stand 72 inches at the shoulder when fully mature and weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds. Each horse must also have a bay coat, four white legs, a white blaze, and a black mane and tail. Commonly referred to as gentle giants, Clydesdales on the hitches must also be good-tempered and able to handle the chaos of a large crowd of admirers.
    Nancy Woods of Dodge City watched the horses be decorated for their 3i Show appearance from start to finish.
    "They're awesome," she said.
    Woods even said she was going to wait by the trailer for the team to come back so she could get another look.
    Lynn Treese, who came from Scott City for the 3i Show, brought his wife out to see the Clydesdales on her birthday.
    "They sure are some big horses," Treese said. "I've seen draft horses before but never anything quite like that."
    In addition to the beauty of the Clydesdales, the crowd also enjoyed a slightly-different member of the Budweiser team- Bud the Dalmatian.
    Bud rides behind his six-foot-tall co-workers, perched importantly on top of their red, white and gold beer wagon. He also ventured around the arena of the Western Bank Expo Center and greeted on-lookers. Dalmatians used to be used to guard the team and beer wagon while the driver was inside a building making a delivery, according to the Anheuser-Busch website.
    To see an interview with one of the Budweiser Clydesdales trainers and a slideshow of Clydesdale photos, visit www.dodgeglobe.com.
    Reach Abigail Wilson at (620) 408-9917 or e-mail her at abigail.wilson@dodge.globe.com

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