Last night we watched the Budweiser Clydesdales performing at the South Point Casino arena and equestrian center in Las Vegas. Admission to the event was free, as was the Budweiser beer and a very impressive show. I used to watch on TV the beautiful commercials of this famous American brewery and I always wanted to see these horses live. What a chance that we happened to be here!
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:
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.