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|Monday, 02 April 2012 14:02|
The “Gentle Giants,” as they are often called, will be housed for visitation inside the Western State Bank Expo Center building and will also make hitched appearances around the expo center grounds.
The Clydesdales’ appearance in Dodge City is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800s. 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 old, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, and weigh an average of 2,000 pounds. They must be bay in color, have four white legs and a blaze of white on the face, as well as a black mane and tail.
A gentle temperament is also important because hitch horses meet millions of people each year.
—From Western Kansas Manufacturers Association/Western Beverage, Inc news release