The breeding facility of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales welcomed their newest member this month. Carly, the first foal of the year, was born at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-acre Missouri breeding farm for the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales.
Warm Springs Ranch shared a video of Carly on their Facebook page. See Carly take some of her first steps in the clip below.
Although Carly was born at the breeding facility known for the famous horses, there are certain requirements each Clydesdale must meet to become a member of the Budweiser Clydesdales. According to the Warm Springs Ranch website, in order to join the official Budweiser crew, a Clydesdale must be six feet tall and "must be geldings and at least 4 years old. They must have a bay coat, four white stockings and a blaze of white on the face, a black mane and a black tail. And they must weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds."
The video below shows what it takes to become a Budweiser Clydesdale.
Frequently featured in Budweiser commercials, the Clydesdales first became associated with the brand in the 1930s when August Busch Sr. was gifted the horses in celebration of the repeal of prohibition. The horses made their first appearance in a Budweiser Super Bowl ad in 1986. But it was a 1996 Super Bowl ad featuring the Clydesdales playing football in the mountains that arguably set the standard for Clydesdale ads going forward.
This year's Super Bowl ad featured the Clydesdales pulling a wagon through a wind farm. The commercial showcases Budweiser's use of renewable electricity from wind power to brew their product.
Warm Springs Ranch opens for the season on March 23. Visitors can tour the breeding facility, interact with Clydesdale handlers and even get a picture with a Budweiser Clydesdale. Guided walking tours and private V.I.P tours are available. For more information, visit here.