Most picture Budweiser Clydesdales jaunting through snow covered hills in the Midwest on a journey to quench the indomitable thirst for beer. But this fall, they'll be prancing to the State Fair of Texas.
The majestic horses will taking residency at the Budweiser Clydesdales Stable Display at the Chevrolet Park Plaza throughout the fair (Sept. 30 to Oct. 23). This will be the animals' first State Fair appearance since 2005.
"The State Fair of Texas is an event built on 130 years of tradition, and the Clydesdales bring people that same sense of tradition and history," said Mitchell Glieber, president of the State Fair, in a statement.
At the stable, attendees will be able to see the Clydesdales in all their 12-foot glory, and hear about the breeding process, their ranch in Missouri, grooming and more straight from the horse's mouth — or, more accurately, their caretakers'.
In January, several of the Clydesdales paraded through Dallas during the annual Anheuser-Busch conference. Here's a video of what you can expect to see at the fair:
Clydesdales fast facts
— The Budweiser Clydesdales, which debuted in 1933, come from long lineage of beer-toting horses. Anheuser-Busch breeds at Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, Missouri, outside of St Louis.
— The horses that travel the country are usually between four and 15 years old.
— There is a protocol to be recruited, says handler Rudy Helmuth -- they must be neutered males with the proper markings, such as white stockings and white stripes on their faces.
— The Clydesdales' horseshoes are, on average, eight inches wide, 20 inches long and weigh about five pounds.