Oct 25, 2010

Budweiser Clydesdales!

I was heading to the feed store with my friend and her son. She saw the Budweiser Clydesdale trailers parked at a grocery store, so we pulled in to see what was going on. The Clydesdales are frequently traveling all over the country so people can see them in person (in horse?). Be sure to check out their website to see when they will be visiting close to you!

Budweiser Clydesdales

The horses are just fabulous. So massive and yet, so huggable! (Nope, they won't let you hug them - bummer...)


Jim said...

The Bud Clydesdales visited our very small town of Yerington, NV a few years ago. The team was entered in a local parade. What a magnificent display of horseflesh and horsemanship. The entire team--human and equine-- was so professional. I very much appreciate the opportunity to see them up close. After the parade, I was able to take pictures of the horses and handlers up close as they were being loaded into the truck. Again, I appreciate the opportunity I had to view and photograph the team as I did. I was never spoken too harshly by any of the handlers, though I may have cautiously pushed the limits of intrusiveness. I was never spoken to at all. The handlers appeared to have clear marching orders:

Do not look friendly.
Do not interact with spectators.
Do nothing to encourage interaction.
Load the horses and gear and get out of town as quickly as possible.

Now, I could accept any of a number of explanations for this approach, but it would seem to me that Busch could greatly enhance the PR value of this obviously very costly activity by providing personell who are good at PR. JS

~bethkay said...

We were lucky - there were a couple of handlers who were actually quite friendly and who answered tons of questions. Of course, only the people that were standing close to them were able to take advantage of this. The other handlers were just like you mentioned - and some seemed rather annoyed to have to deal with people. In their defense - many of the questions were downright silly and several people allowed their children to run around frighteningly close to those massive hooves!

I agree totally with your last sentence and feel the Clydesdale team would be shown to their best advantage if the entire team clearly loved what they were doing and provided better PR. Maybe providing a speaker with a microphone to give a short talk and answer questions.

It is such an exciting experience to be allowed to come so close to those magnificent beauties!