Budweiser Clydesdales Coming To The Birdcage

Posted: 6/1/2019

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Now's your chance to see the famous Budweiser Clydesdales in person at the Birdcage!
The famous horses will be on hand for the Canaries' home game on Sunday, June 9 vs. the Gary SouthShore RailCats.

Fans can get an up-close look at the Clydesdales at a special pregame tailgate running from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. First pitch that day is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Clydesdales will be on hand for the game's ceremonial first pitch, making an appearance on the field with their iconic wagon.

The fun extends throughout the game, where fans can take advantage of special offers on Budweiser products at the concession stands.

Fans can purchase tickets to the June 9 game at the Sioux Falls Stadium box office or by calling 336-6060.

The Clydesdales’ appearance in Sioux Falls is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800’s. Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show.

Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.

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. 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.

The Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo.; Merrimack, N.H.; and Ft. Collins, Colo. They also may be viewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville, Mo.