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A Clydesdale Christmas - By Glenn Williams

Our 2002 Holiday Contest Grand Prize Winner

The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales and a scene from Currier & Ives: Two Genuine American Classics come together!

In 1933 August A. Busch, Jr. presented his father with a unique gift. To celebrate the repeal of the Prohibition Laws he gave him a magnificent eight-horse Clydesdale hitch, complete with a shiny red Budweiser beer wagon. And a tradition was born! These distinguished gentle giants have been entertaining people around the country and serving as both mascots and goodwill ambassadors for the Anheuser-Busch Company for almost seventy years. ...............................

It's a crisp afternoon in late November, and our drivers are out with the regally appointed hitch for a drive through the country in search of the perfect Christmas Tree. The tree has been located, chopped and stowed aboard the beer wagon for the trip back to Grant's Farm in St. Louis. The horses wait patiently while their passengers are struck by a fit of whimsy! The drivers, having made several snow angels, are now having a little fun time with their Dalmatians.

Soon the rollicking foursome will climb back aboard their horse-drawn rig to head back to the stables before the winter sun has departed the sky to start another evening. Happily, they anticipate what the huge tree will look like after its decorated, bringing holiday joy and cheer to all who will visit the stables through the end of the year. ..................

Season's Greetings to All, and to All a Good Night


Base: "Stepped" Owens Corning extruded pink insulation foam, cut down and shaped with a Woodland Scenics Hot Foam Cutter Landscaping: Woodland Scenics Snow with Heki Artline evergreen trees, and hand crafted deciduous trees. Assorted natural debris on the ground. Chopped tree is a doctored up Heki Artline. Beer Wagon: Jordan Highway Miniatures Eight Horse Beer Wagon (Kit #360-105) decorated with scale garland, and a prototypical plaid blanket throw as seen in the December photo of the 1998 Budweiser Clydesdale's Calendar.

Photo by Jason Chenard

Posted March 28, 2003