Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bouncing Baby Budweiser Clydesdales

 By Kitson

Photos courtesy of Budweiser / Warm Springs Ranch

There’s a baby boom in BoonvilleMissouri going on, and the babies are gigantic, adorable, white nosed Clydesdales, of the Budweiser variety. Boonville is home to the lovely Warm Springs Ranch, the state-of-the-art breeding facility in mid-Missouri for the Budweiser Clydesdales. About half of the 200-head Budweiser herd lives at Warm Springs. The facility opens for public tours starting this Saturday. Right now the farm is at the height of foaling season, with more than 30 baby Clydesdales expected to be born this year.

Dedicated staff is on site around the clock to ensure the baby Clydesdales are welcomed into the world in comfort and safety. Warm Springs Ranch features a 25,000-square-foot breeding barn with a veterinary lab and 10 pastures, each with a customized, walk-in shelter and free-flowing water dispensers. The farm sits on 300-plus acres of land, allowing the Clydesdales plenty of room to exercise and roam.

The Warm Springs Ranch herd includes “La Russa,” pictured top,  far right, one of last year’s new arrivals who was named after Cardinals manager Tony La Russa following his team’s World Series victory last November. La Russa is a yearling now and looks to be the perfect Clyde.
Those Clydesdales born with the proper markings for a Budweiser Clydesdale – a bay coat, a blaze of white on the face, four white stocking feet, and a black mane and tail – have a future spot on one of the traveling hitches.

Click here for more information about Warm Springs Ranch.


  1. Had to comment on this one. We have a family who moved here from California a few years back. I think he was the director of state's agriculture department before his retirement.
    Anyway, just down the road from us here north of Sandpoint, Idaho, he has purchased a good-sized farm and is converting it into a beautiful Clydesdale facility.
    I've been told that at least two of his stallions come from that place in Missouri.
    I always love driving down Selle Road that direction just to see the big horses in their large pasturely paddocks and their gorgeous shelters.
    Definitely a nice addition to the neighborhood.

  2. I wish I had a few Clydesdales for neighbors!!