Budweiser Clydesdales at the South Point Casino, Las Vegas
Budweiser Clydesdales show at the South Point Casino
The program lasted from 6 to 8 pm, with 2 stages. First the horses carrying the beer wagon came into the arena and stopped in the middle, where everybody could go and take pictures of them.
How huge, majestic and beautiful they were… and so patient and calm with all the people around. Each Clydesdale was wearing festive shiny harness, like specifically made for Las Vegas – even the dog had a special sparkling one :)
We learned some very interesting things too:
- The story tells that in 1933, 6 Clysdesdales were given as a gift to the owner of the company (August Bush) by his 2 sons to celebrate the end of prohibition. From that date the brewery started to use them as draught horses for the beer wagons. The beautiful Clysdesdales where attracting people’s interest and the sales went up. This is how the brewery started to use them a promotional too. Great idea!
- The home of the Budweiser Clydesdales is in St. Louis where the Anheuser-Busch Brewery is. From there they travel all over the country to important locations or events — this year they participated in the Rose parade in California, too. Btw: the cute Dalmatian is always present on all the trips and events :)
- The 8 horses are hitched to the beer wagon starting with the tallest ones first and the smallest ones in front as leaders.
- They are between 4 and 9 years old and weight about 2000 lb.
It is not easy to be a hitch driver we learned — it takes special skills and training to manipulate the 8 horses — he has to deal with 2 times 8 strings (2 per horse) which he has to pulled individually in the right direction at the right time, while performing difficult tasks. This requires strength too.
In the second stage was the demonstration of several maneuvers, like for example making the horses move right or left while the wagon had to stay in the same position.
Everything was a success, and we were literally impressed with these wonderful horses and their performance, even though for the hitch driver this was only his second public performance.
But it seems like this was not the first time the Budweiser Clydesdales visited the South Point Casino. This (above) is a picture I found in the Equestrian Center Saloon which is actually called “Saturday Night Bar” – it’s a nice large place with Wild West atmosphere overlooking the arena. If you come early enough before a show starts, you can get a seat right in front of the huge window to watch the arena while sipping your drink.
The South Point Casino Arena and Equestrian center in Las Vegas is home for many events, shows and exhibitions every month, and a few are free to the public.