On Wednesday, March 28 from 2-4pm the Budweiser Clydesdale will make a visit to Dayton. Transportation for each hitch requires three 50-foot semis that are essentially barns on wheels. Several professional handlers accompany each team. Often, one handler has night duty to provide round-the-clock care for the horses. Two carry the horses, the third transports a red, white and gold beer wagon and other equipment. Groups of ten Clydesdales travel together as a hitch team. Eight Clydesdales are hitched together to pull the wagon. Two horses travel as alternates.They also haul all the supplies, from grooming kits and basic veterinary supplies to portable stalls and farrier supplies. The only thing they don’t haul with them is feed, which is shipped separately to wherever their next stop will be. Cameras in the trailers (with monitors in the cabs) enable the drivers to keep a watchful eye on their precious cargo during transport. The physical ability of each horse determines its position in the hitch. Wheelhorses (the pair closest to the wagon) must be large and strong enough to start the wagon’s movement and to use their weight to help slow or stop the vehicle.The body (second position) and swing (third position) pairs must be agile to turn the wagon. The leaders (the pair in front, furthest from the wagon) must be the fastest and most agile pair. The Budweiser Clydesdales’ traveling hitches are on tour 10-11 months out of the year!
Schedule for Dayton Visits:
Here’s the schedule, with is totally weather dependent. The hitch cannot travel in rain/inclement weather.
2pm – 2:20pm
Hitch will travel from parking lot by University of Dayton Marriott (1414 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH 45409) via Main St. and Springhouse Rd. to Sunoco Brown St.
2:20 – 3pm
Sunoco (1927 Brown St. Dayton, OH 45409)
3pm – 3:30pm
Deliveries of Budweiser made to:
The Pine Club (1926 Brown St. Dayton, OH 45409)
Buffalo Wild Wings (1900 Brown St. Dayton, OH 45409)
Milanos (1834 Brown St. Dayton, OH 45409)
Timothy’s (1818 Brown St. Dayton, OH 45409)
Hitch will travel from Brown St. to Caldwell St., back to the parking lot by the University of Dayton Marriott
The first team of Budweiser Clydesdales came on the scene in 1933. They were a gift celebrating the end of Prohibition from August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch to their father. Recognizing the advertising and promotional potential of a horse-drawn beer wagon, Busch, Sr. had the team sent by rail to New York City, where it picked up two cases of Budweiser beer at New Jersey’s Newark Airport, and presented it to Al Smith, former governor of New York and an instrumental force in the repeal of Prohibition. From there, the Clydesdales continued on a tour of New England and the Mid-Atlantic States, a journey that included the delivery of a case of beer to President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House.