A team of Budweiser Clydesdales got harnessed and ready to thunder through Wrightsville and into Columbia yesterday. Several 50-foot trailers carried the team of eight "Heavy Horses" to the John Wright Restaurant where they were prepped for their journey through Wrightsville and across the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The Anheuser-Busch horses were stabled at Brewery Products, 1017 North Sherman Street, York, last week.
Studebaker wagons were originally converted to deliver beer.
Mature Clydesdales weigh between 1600 and 2400 pounds.
A Budweiser Clydesdale must be a gelding at least four years old and stand 18 hands (six feet) tall.
Each harness and collar weighs about 130 pounds.
Dalmatians have traveled with the Clydesdale hitch since the 1950s. The Dalmatian’s original purpose was to guard the hitch (and protect the beer) as the driver made his beer deliveries.
The 40 pounds of reins the driver holds, plus the tension of the reins, equals 75 pounds.
The Clydesdales leave the parking area of the John Wright Restaurant.