The Clydesdales attended in 2017

The iconic eight-horse hitch and Clyde the spotted dog attended the 2017 Red Hills International Horse Trials March 10 and 11, 2017.  The horse drawn beer wagon and team made a public appearance during the cross country phase of competition, making a two-mile journey through Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park. Here are a few facts about the Clydesdales:

  • Each Clydesdale can weigh up to 2,000 pounds
  • The combined weight of the team, harnesses, and wagon is 12 tons
  • When hitched, the rig measures 55 feet in length from the lead nose to the wagon bumper
  • The driver holds more than 40 pounds of reigns in hand
  • At birth, each new Clydesdale foal is given a name that begins with the same letter as the mare’s name

Photo by Marvin Mayer