Budweiser Clydesdales at Nashville Zoo

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are scheduled to make an appearance at Nashville Zoo on June 1 and 2 from 11 am to 1 pm on Festival Field. This experience is included with Nashville Zoo admission or membership. On Saturday, the entire team of horses will be present. On Sunday, a smaller contingency will be at the Zoo.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-To celebrate 14 years of partnership with Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization that provides families of fallen or disabled U.S. service members and families of first responders with scholarships toward educational opportunities, Budweiser and the iconic Clydesdales are embarking on a cross-country tour, and as part of this, they will be appearing at Nashville Zoo. Together, Anheuser-Busch, its brands, and wholesaler partners have donated $28 million, which has funded over 5,000 educational scholarships for Folds of Honor recipients, including 400 scholarships to Tennessee residents.

The Clydesdales’ appearance here in Nashville is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800’s. 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 2,000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, 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.

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. 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.

The Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Grant’s Farm in St. Louis, MO. They also may be viewed at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville, MO.