The Budweiser Clydesdale tradition began on April 7, 1933, when Billy Wales drove a team of six beautiful Clydesdales through New York, to the Empire State Building, to celebrate the end of prohibition. The wagon they pulled held, of course, a case of Budweiser beer, which was presented to Governor Alfred E. Smith who had fought against the 13 year long ban against alcohol production and distribution. The horses continued to appear in parades throughout the country to celebrate, even delivering a case to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The Budweiser Clydesdale horses live on various ranches around the U.S. including:
- Warm Springs Ranch outside Boonville, Missouri
- Grant’s Farm in St. Louis, Missouri
- Fort Collins, Colorado
- Merrimack, New Hampshire
What makes the Warm Springs Ranch special? Click on the tabs above to find out!
Warm Springs Ranch is the breeding facility for the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, while Grant’s Farm is affectionately called their “prep school,” or location where the horses go for training. So, the breeding stock, stallions and mares, all roam the 300+ acres of land and have access to the beautiful barns.
I grew up on a horse ranch, so a stop at the Warm Springs Ranch was a must on my trip to Missouri! And I wasn’t disappointed. The facility was amazing, from the medical facility with its ultrasound machines for the pregnant mares, to the foaling area to