The Budweiser Clydesdales will make appearances across central Pennsylvania in September, including a march down the streets of Shippensburg.
The Clydesdales’ appearance in the Midstate is one of 300 made annually by the three traveling hitches, according to a news release from Wilsbach Distributors Inc. out of Harrisburg.
The horses will parade through Shippensburg on Sept. 6. Staging begins on Orange Street down from Shippensburg Beverage. The team of horses will arrive at 3 p.m. and the parade starts at 3:45 p.m. through King Street Shippensburg, turning around at Sheetz and heading back to the staging area. The horses will depart at 6 p.m. with pub crawl to follow.
Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch must be at least 3 years old, stand approximately 18 hands high — or 6 feet — at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 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. Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian dog. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.
Budweiser Clydesdale traveling hitches are based in St. Louis, Missouri; Menifee, California; Merrimack, New Hampshire; and San Antonio, Texas.
The schedule for other central Pennsylvania visits:
• Sept. 5 — the Clydesdales will be in Annville from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staging will be on Maple Avenue next to the Annville-Cleona pool. Arrival at 11 am. Parade begins at 11:45 a.m.
• Sept. 7 — Parade through the streets of Mount Joy. Staging area behind the Watering Trough in Mount Joy with arrival at 4 p.m. Parade starts at 4:45 p.m. and horses depart at 7 p.m.
• Sept. 8-9 — Hollywood Casino, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Horses will parade around the track pre-race and then stage on the apron for photos both nights.
• Sept. 10 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster to help with the Never Forget 9/11 salute at the stadium. Horses will be staged in the parking lot in front of the stadium.