The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, will be at the 41st World Ag Expo, Feb. 12-14, 2008.

The eight-horse Hitch will parade through the Expo grounds everyday of the show at 12:00 noon. Don’t miss a glimpse of these “Gentle Giants,” as they are often referred to, during the world’s largest ag showcase.

The Clydesdales’ appearance in Tulare is one of 300 made annually by the five traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800s. Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show.

Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands — or six feet — at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white stockings, and a blaze of white on the face, and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important, as hitch horses often meet millions of people each year.

A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.

Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian dog. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.

For photos and more information contact Beth Sequeira, communications director, at 559-688-1030 or email beth@farmshow.org.