LEXINGTON, KY (October 14, 2004) Perhaps the world’s most famous team of horses, the Budweiser Clydesdales of St. Louis, will revisit the Kentucky Horse Park on November 5-6 for a little “r and r” on their 10-month cross-country tour. The horses have agreed to be viewed by admirers during their brief stay at the park.
With feet the size of dinner plates (their horseshoes measure more than 20 inches from end to end and weigh five pounds each!), the Budweiser Clydesdale horses weighing from 1,800– 2,300 pounds each cause no little amount of earth shaking when they pass. This breed, which originated in Scotland during the late1700s, has earned the title “gentle giants” due to their lovely temperament and fluid, graceful movements in gargantuan chassis. They are the very epitome of equine meekness – strength under control.
To manage their health and massive size, the Clydesdale powerhouses will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 50-60 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water each day. Plenty of exercise allows them to maintain their “girlish figures” in spite of the caloric intake. Actually, the Budweiser Clydesdales are all geldings, at least 4-years-old, and a minimum of 6-feet-tall at the shoulder. The horses have round-the-clock care from expert grooms who travel with them, ensuring their safety and comfort.
Visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park will experience the thrill of seeing these famous beauties in person. The Budweiser Clydesdales are tentatively scheduled to arrive late in the day on the 5th and depart early on the 6th. They will be housed in the Big Barn. Visitors on these and other days will still be able to meet the Kentucky Horse Park’s resident Clydesdales, Thunder and Lightening, who pull a park trolley when not napping in their sunny meadow at the park.
For more information, contact Tim Jones at the Kentucky Horse Park, 859-259-4205 ext 205.
Admission to the Kentucky Horse Park through October 31 is $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. Open daily. New Seasonal Hours and Rates: From November 1-March 14, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 7-12. Children six and under are always admitted free of charge. Open from 9 am until 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Admission always includes the American Saddlebred Museum.
The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse. The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted 913,000 visitors and 80 special events and horse shows in 2003. The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington. The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.