Spring heralds celebration time for the fans of Budweiser Clydesdales – “opening day” at Warm Springs Ranch in mid-Missouri for public tours, where more than 35 baby Clydesdales are expected to be born in 2013.
Jeff Knapper, general manager for Clydesdale operations for Anheuser-Busch, said that through March 27, seventeen baby Clydesdales have been born at Anheuser-Busch’s Clydesdale breeding farm, which is home to more than 100 Budweiser Clydesdales.
This includes Hope, the star of Budweiser’s award-winning and top-ranked Super Bowl commercial, and Stan, the first-born foal of 2013, named after all-time MLB great Stan Musial.[ Also Read: How a Female Foal is Named Hope ]
In January, beer brand Budweiser had launched its first-ever Twitter account. It marked the occasion with Budweiser Clydesdales – tweeting the first photo of a member of the “Budweiser Clydesdales Class of 2013,” a beautiful 150-pound baby born the morning of Jan. 16. It was the brand’s first-ever Tweet. (Read: Budweiser’s Tweet Featured in Super Bowl Commercial)
Public tours begin Monday, April 1, and the ranch remains open until Oct. 31.
“Some tour dates, particularly Saturdays in the spring, already are sold out,” Knapper said. “On some other days there is limited availability. The popularity of the Super Bowl spot has certainly piqued the public’s curiosity around the training of Budweiser Clydesdales and how they spend their early years.”[ Also Read: Wine to Shine; No Cheer for Beer ]
The ranch offers twice-daily tours every day except for Wednesday. The tour costs $10 per person and lasts one-and-a-half hours. For more information, visit www.warmspringsranch.com.
In a little more than a week, on April 7, the Clydesdales will celebrate a major milestone – the 80th anniversary of their association with Anheuser-Busch.
The Budweiser Clydesdales have been an integral part of Anheuser-Busch’s heritage since April 7, 1933. They were formally introduced to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition for beer.