Silver Eagle Distributors Houston, the local Anheuser-Busch distributor, is proud to announce that the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are back in town for the holidays.
They will be visiting Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Lights presented by Reliant on Friday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend for an authentic Budweiser Clydesdales experience at the most interactive and technologically advanced light display in Texas!
The world-renowned Budweiser Clydesdales hitch, along with their Dalmatian companion, Bud, will parade around Space Center Houston’s entrance. The eight high-stepping Clydesdales, measuring up to six feet tall and weighing more than 2,000 pounds will be arrayed alongside the holiday lights.
Make sure you take advantage of this marvelous experience and see the magical horses along with the technological wonder of Galaxy Lights.
And now, because any post about cute animals must have cute pictures of said animals, here’s more about the horses and dalmatian.
These draft horses are as mammoth as they are magnificent. More than 300 years ago, this imposing breed was first developed for farm work in the region of Clydesdale, Scotland. They are most easily recognized for their substantial feather — the long hairs of the lower leg that cover the hooves. Despite a dressy appearance, they are capable of pulling a 1-ton load at 5 MPH.
The Budweiser Clydesdales made their first-ever appearance on April 7, 1933. A gift from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father in celebration of the repeal of Prohibition, the presentation of the original two six-horse hitches of champion Clydesdales moved father, sons and drivers to tears.
No strangers to television broadcasts and parades, the Budweiser Clydesdales have figured prominently in two Presidential inaugurations. They appeared in Missouri native Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949, and then again for Bill Clinton’s in 1993.
In 1950, the Budweiser Clydesdales received their very own mascot: the Dalmatian. Traditionally used to guide horse-drawn fire carts, this spotted dog serves as friend and companion to the team, sitting aside the driver.
The Dalmatian is a breed of medium-sized dog, noted for its unique black, liver spotted coat and mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia. The first illustrations of the dog have been found in Croatia: an altar painting in Veli Lošinj dating to 1600–1630, and a fresco in Zaostrog.
Dalmatians are perhaps best known for working for the firefighters for their role as firefighting apparatus escorts and firehouse mascots. Since Dalmatians and horses are very compatible, the dogs were easily trained to run in front of the carriages to help clear a path and quickly guide the horses and firefighters to the fires. Dalmatians were also historically used by brewers to guard the wagon while the driver was making deliveries.
Now, here are the cute animal pictures you’ve been waiting for.