Calgary Stampede 2015

July 3-12 2015

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Budweiser Clydesdales

Visit them in The Great FUNtier

Daily at the Great FUNtier or every night in front of the Grandstand


The history of the Budweiser Clydesdales traces back to the 1930s – originally a team was gifted to the Busch family as a celebration of the repeal of the Prohibition of beer. The 8 horse hitch travels around the world along with their mascot, a Dalmatian dog. Today, the Budweiser Clydesdales continue to be an enduring symbol of the brewer’s heritage, tradition and commitment to quality, making hundreds of appearances across the country each year. Visit them at their barn in the Great Funtier every day.


Did you know?

It’s not easy to just become a Budweiser Clydesdale! Each horse has to meet specific requirements to qualify to join one of the hitches. They must be a gelding (a castrated male), with a strong, even temperament and be no younger than 4 years of age. Physically, they must stand at a minimum of 18 hands (183cm) at the shoulder, weigh between 820 to 1040kg, must be bay in colour (red-brown body with black mane and tail), and have four white stockings and a full white blaze.

Each of the Clydesdales’ handcrafted harnesses and collars weigh approximately 130 pounds.

The Budweiser Clydesdales are given short names, such as Duke, Mark and Bud, to make it easier for the driver to give commands to the horses during a performance.

Budweiser Clydesdales’ horseshoes measure more than 20 inches from end to end and weigh about 5 pounds.

Dalmatians were known as coach dogs because they ran between the wheels of coaches or carriages and were companions to the horses. Since the 1950s, Dalmatians have traveled with the Budweiser Clydesdales hitch, perched atop the wagon proudly seated next to the driver.

The turn-of-the-century beer wagons have been meticulously restored and are kept in excellent condition. The wagons are equipped with two braking systems: a hydraulic pedal device that slows the vehicle for turns and downhill descents, and a hand-brake that locks the rear wheels when the wagon is at a halt.

  • The Great FUNtier
  • 1410 Olympic Way SE,
  • Calgary, AB | T2G 2W1
  • (403) 261-0101
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