The Budweiser Clydesdales are in Western Washington this week making appearances at several venues. Unfortunately, the horses cannot be seen at the Puyallup fairgrounds where they’re staying, because of the fairgrounds schedule. Note that the horses do not appear when it’s raining.
– Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. Walmart, 310 31st Ave. S.E., Puyallup
– Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. main P.X., Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This appearance is open only to those with base access.
– Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m. Walmart, Bonney Lake
The Clydesdales are visiting the Northwest as part of a military-appreciation tour. This team of 10 horses, based in Fort Collins, Colo., is on the road 320 days a year, making appearances in the West. Eight of the horses are used to pull the beer wagon while two of the horses are alternates, said Roman Raber, assistant supervisor with the Budweiser team.
The tallest horse on the team is 19.2 hands or 61/2 feet tall near the base of his neck. The horses weigh up to 2,300 pounds and eat 30 to 40 pounds of hay a day plus grain and supplements. They drink 20 to 30 gallons of water a day or twice that in hot weather, Raber said.