Budweiser Clydesdales at the South Point Casino, Las Vegas

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. I knew them from the TV commercials of this famous American brewery. What a chance that we happened to be here and we could see them alive!

Budweiser Clydesdale 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. There everybody could go and take pictures of them.

Clydesdales Budweier show at South Point Casino, Las Vegas

Budweiser Clydesdale enter the South Point Hotel Casino Equestrian Center

How huge, majestic and beautiful they were!… They were also so patient and calm with all the people around. Each Clydesdale was wearing festive shiny harness, like specifically made for Las Vegas. Even the famous dog was wearing a special sparkling vest :)

South Point Casino Clydesdale Budweiser

People getting close to the Budweiser Clydesdale in the South Point Casino Arena

Short history:

  •  The story tells that in 1933, 6 Clydesdale horses 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 Clydesdale 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 Clydesdale 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.

The Budweiser Clydesdales skills demonstration

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). Each he has to pulled individually in the right direction at the right time, while performing difficult tasks. This requires strength too…

Budweiser Clydesdale making the tour of the arena

Budweiser Clydesdale making the tour of the arena

Budweiser Clydesdale show at South Point Casino, Las Vegas

Driving the Budweiser Clydesdale in the arena of South Point Casino Hotel

The second stage was the demonstration of several maneuvers. We could see an example of how to make the horses move right or left while the wagon had to stay in the same position.

Budweiser Clydesdale show at South Point Casino, Las Vegas

Budweiser Clydesdale skills demonstration

Everything was a success. We were literally impressed with these wonderful horses and their performance, even though for the hitch driver this was only his second public performance. They successfully accomplished it.

The saloon

Budweiser Clydesdale at South Point Casino, Las Vegas

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. It is actually called “Saturday Night Bar”. The bar itself is 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.

South Point Equestrian Center Saloon

South Point Equestrian Center Saloon

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.

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3 Comments on “Budweiser Clydesdales at the South Point Casino, Las Vegas”

  1. Thank you XingfuMama :) Yes, it was not only a great show but we learned a lot about this horses too :)

  2. Fascinating information about the horses. I’d never thought about how difficult it must be for the hitch driver (never even knew that term). The horses are so beautiful.

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