Budweiser Clydesdales Set To Appear At The 2018 World Clydesdale Show


The 2018 World Clydesdale Show is proud to present the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, as a featured highlight. The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon during multiple exhibitions as part of events inside Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center.


The Budweiser Clydesdales’ appearance at the 2018 WCS is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. Horses chosen for a 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 meet millions of people each year.

Special ‘Prime Time’ events, which will include the Budweiser Clydesdale exhibitions, are scheduled to be held during the evenings of October 26 and 27, as well as the afternoon of October 28. Enthusiasts are invited to follow event preparations on the 2018 World Clydesdale Show Facebook Page as further details are finalized and announced in the coming months.

For the full 2018 World Clydesdale Show schedule, click here.

Did you know?

  • Each of the Budweiser Clydesdales’ handcrafted harnesses and collars weigh approximately 130 pounds.

  • The Budweiser Clydesdales are given short names, such as Duke, Mark and Bud, to make it easier for the driver to give commands to the horses during a performance.

  • Budweiser Clydesdales’ horseshoes measure more than 20 inches from end to end and weigh about 5 pounds.

  • Dalmatians were known as coach dogs because they ran between the wheels of coaches or carriages and were companions to the horses. Since the 1950s, Dalmatians have traveled with the Budweiser Clydesdales hitch, perched atop the wagon proudly seated next to the driver.

  • The turn-of-the-century beer wagons have been meticulously restored and are kept in excellent condition. The wagons are equipped with two braking systems: a hydraulic pedal device that slows the vehicle for turns and downhill descents, and a hand-brake that locks the rear wheels when the wagon is at a halt.