Saturday, August 15, 2009

Summer Stock Sunday



We had the opportunity this week to watch two young Clydesdales being trained for pulling.

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The Clydesdale is a breed of draft horse derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland, and named after that region. Thought to be over 300 years old, the breed was extensively used for pulling heavy loads in rural, industrial and urban settings, their common use extending into the 1960s when they were still a familiar sight pulling the carts of milk and vegetable vendors.

They have been exported in the Commonwealth and United States where they are famous for their use as the mascot of various beer brands, including Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser brand, Carlton & United Beverages and several others.

I thought maybe you'd like to see the Miller High Life Holiday commercial that uses a Clydesdale horse in its snowy winter scene. Every time I see this commercial during the holidays it brings tears to my eyes.




Robin, I hope this post qualifies for your Summer Stock Sunday meme.

20 comments:

Paz said...

Very cool post.

Paz

Thom said...

I so love that commercial and those Clydesdales are just awesome. Excellent :)

SandyCarlson said...

Awesome!

Mimi said...

Clydesdales are elegant, graceful creatures, aren't they.
Loved the video, loved the post.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

They are a couple of dazzling animals for sure.

Jan said...

Mary I love your photos.

quilly said...

When I was very small, my Grandpa picked me up and sat me on a Clydesdale. If was so wide across the back that it was like sitting on a flat floor. My legs did not drape over the sides!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Clydesdales are such a gorgeous working breed.

Robin said...

Clydesdales are just breathtaking, aren't they?

What a great way to spend a summer day Mary, thanks for sharing it.

PS I've finally got my post up and organized so I'll post your link for you.

Gattina said...

What beautiful horses ! I am still in England. I go home on tuesday.

Bim said...

They're absolutely gorgeous.

Akelamalu said...

They're magnificent aren't they? :)

I love your new banner.

Jamie said...

Clydesdales are such magnificent animals. They even come ahead of thoroughbreds for me and we know how I feel about horse races. :-)

Ellie said...

Such beautiful animals! I would have loved to watch them in person! Great effect - those beauties are picture perfect art objects!

Jessica The Rock Chick said...

The Clydesdales are beautiful animals! I remember after September 11th there was a Miller commercial I believe where the Clydesdales bowed down before Ground Zero. I've never seen one in person. Great post!!!

Dina ... UK said...

Lovely, they pull the trams in Douglas I.O.M.....
Clip Clop Clip Clop...lovely sound.

Joyce said...

What a wonderful post and great photos. Thanks for sharing this with me as those are some of the most amazing horses.
Joyce

Travis said...

That commercial is completely timeless.

Desert Songbird said...

Very cool!

kaye said...

very original