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Jan 21, 2010 5:44 PM

World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales in Tucson this week

TUCSON - The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, will be in Tucson Thursday January 21st - Sunday January 24th.

Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. is sponsoring a visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales, one of the world's most recognizable symbols. The Clydesdale visit is as scheduled:

Thursday January 21
Quik Trip
2345 E Irvington Rd (at Benson HWY )
11am-1pm
Single Horse Show

Friday January 22
Wal-Mart Supercenter
1650 W Valencia Rd (at Midvale Park)
3pm - 5pm
Full Hitch Show

Saturday January 23
Rillito Race Track
4698 N First Ave
Noon - 5pm
Full hitch show and viewings

Sunday January 24
Rillito Race Track
4698 N First Ave
Noon - 5pm
Full hitch show and viewings

The Clydesdales' appearance in Tucson, Arizona is one of 300 made annually by the five 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 2000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white stockings, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important, as hitch horses often 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.

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