View 237: Budweiser Clydesdales

The famous Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch passing by their hauler as the start their visit in Baldwinsville, New York.

The famous Budweiser Clydesdale Eight Horse Hitch passing by their hauler as they begin their visit to Baldwinsville, New York on Friday, July 13, 2012. Nikon D70/50mm, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0.

The famous Budweiser Clydesdales came for a visit to my hometown of Baldwinsville, New York last week.  They were in town for a special employee event at the Budweiser Baldwinsville Brewery and our Mayor and Chamber of Commerce was able to convince them to make special beer deliveries to a few of the village’s pubs and restaurants.

The Hitch has not visited Baldwinsville since 1984 when they made an appearance in the Baldwinsville Oktoberfest parade.  To have their own parade through town after all these years was fitting.  They were the stars back than and more so now.

The Budweiser Clydesdales visit Baldwinsville, New York.

The Budweiser Clydesdales visit Baldwinsville, New York.

The team is lead by Dillon and Mitch followed by Drew and Cas, Chico and Diamond and Jack and Greg. The two drivers were Dick Rosen and Eric Soto with Brewer the Dalmatian riding on the wagon.

As this visit was not widely promoted, I had a lot of fun seeing the surprised faces of people in the cars passing through town.  The Clydesdales stopped traffic as they were escorted over the Canal and Seneca River bridges and through the Four Corners of the village of Baldwinsville.  One of the busiest intersections in our county. Especially on a Friday evening.  I described this to several of the stopped drivers as the ultimate beer run.

The Clydesdales brought out many fans during their visit to Baldwinsville, New York.

The Clydesdales brought out many fans during their visit to Baldwinsville, New York.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 11mm focal length.

The weather was hot and humid and the horses, drivers, Dalmatian mascot and team support members worked up quite a sweat during the two hour tour of the village.  They dropped off special red, white and blue cases of Budweiser beer to the Pizza Man Pub, Mohegan Manor, Sammy Malone’s, Lake Effect, Red Mill Inn and Lock 24 restaurant.  This gave the owners photo opportunities to use in future advertising and displays in their establishments.

A Budweiser Clydesdales' harness and collar weighs about 130 pounds.

Each Budweiser Clydesdale harness and collar weighs about 130 pounds and takes two people to harness and unharness each of the large draft horses.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 16mm focal length.

This Budweiser Clydesdales team is based out of Merrimack, New Hampshire and travel in three haulers, two for the horses (four in each) and one for the wagon and tack. When the hitch is together the weight is estimated to be around 12 tons.  The Clydesdale range in weight from 1,800 to 2,500 pounds.

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15 Responses to View 237: Budweiser Clydesdales

  1. rocket2722 says:

    Love those horses! Always been a fan of the big Clydesdales. Just magnificent animals. What an opportunity with them right in your town. Great pictures Scott.

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  2. Simone says:

    Aren’t these just too beautiful. I love these big horses with their fuzzly feet and big hearts. The nicest horses out there, for me. Wonderful shots, what an opportunity to see these gentle giants up close!

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  3. sybil says:

    What amazing animals they are ! Love the feathery feet. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos of the day’s doings Scott.

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  4. Gerry says:

    Love the Clydesdales. They must be the most universally-loved company symbols in the U.S. I really like the composition of the lead shot – wonder what the one horse is saying to the other . . .

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    • Dillon and Mitch, the lead horses, seemed to be talking to each other the whole time. I can just imagine what they thought of it all. LOL They are loved by all..well, at least, all who came to see them and photograph them with every imaginable kind of camera.

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  5. milkayphoto says:

    Always loved seeing the Clydesdales at the State Fair. The first image is outstanding!

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  6. Nye says:

    Scott, the first photo is gorgeous.

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  7. Karma says:

    Those ginormous horses have always been fascinating to me, and I guess everyone else too! How great to have them parade through your town. Love your photo of their furry feet!

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