Sunday, June 18, 2017

Clydesdales get prepped for bridge crossing into Columbia

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.


Anonymous said...

Always protect the beer!!!
Great Pics

Anonymous said...

If Columbia is in a "Rivertown" venture with Wrightsville and Marrietta, why wouldn't the Clydesdales crossing the Veterans Memorial Bridge be heavily advertised?

Columbia's kids would have enjoyed a once in a lifetime chance to see these horses in their "backyard." What a huge disappointment for our own residents not being informed of this event.

Anonymous said...

According to an article in the York Daily Record describing the events from last week, here is a description of the Wrightsville Parade Route:
"The Wrightsville parade is scheduled to step off from John Wright Restaurant at 2 p.m. on June 17. The horses will travel down North Front Street to the area of Lemon and Willow streets, where they will turn around and head back on Front Street to Hellam Street. The route continues onto Third Street, makes a right onto Walnut Street and then heads back to John Wright Restaurant."

The horses did not cross the River.
Still, what an amazing spectacle! Thank you for the pictures!

Joe Lintner said...

Thank you for the information. However, the horses DID cross the river, as shown here:

Columbia Spy would have covered the event but had another obligation.

Unfortunately for the townspeople of Columbia, the bridge crossing was not formally publicized. Those who attended found out through Facebook chatter and word of mouth.