It’s the Year of the Comeback – of the Clydesdales

The 2014 Rose Queen and Princesses won’t be the only royalty spending hours in hair and makeup before the Rose Parade. The Clydesdales are back and these gentle giants will undergo a five-hour pampering process as they get ready for their 58th Rose Parade appearance.

After being washed and groomed, the horses will have red and white ribbons braided into their manes and matching bows around their tails. Once all eight are ready, each of their harnesses will be polished, then the team will be harnessed to the wagon (an additional 45 minute process!).

Standing about six feet tall and weighing approximately 2,000 pounds, one Clydesdale consumes as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, 50 to 60 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water a day!

Standing about six feet tall and weighing approximately 2,000 pounds, one Clydesdale consumes as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, 50 to 60 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water a day!

Despite a two-year hiatus, the Budweiser Clydesdales enjoy a rich history in the Rose Parade, having made their debut in 1953. It was Carlota “Lotsie” Busch of Anheuser-Busch who began the tradition of substituting horses for motors to propel the City of St. Louis float.  Regardless of advances in engine technology, Clydesdales remained the power of choice and over time, became almost as associated with St. Louis’s float as the prominent Anheuser-Busch name.

While pulling a float has been a signature of the Clydesdales, this year – for the first time – they will participate as an equestrian unit. Instead of a float in tow, the team of eight will pull a 12-ton red, white and gold Studebaker-built beer wagon!  (Be sure to watch for who is riding on that wagon.)

Prior to the Rose Parade, equestrian units will participate in the annual Equestfest event, presented by Wells Fargo, on Dec. 29 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Curious about the other 2014 Rose Parade Equestrian Entries? Visit www.tournamentofroses.com to learn more!

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