Would someone identify this for me

Discussion in 'Members Question Time' started by Emma, Nov 25, 2017.

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  1. captain clutterbuck

    captain clutterbuck Well-Known Member

    In the UK Clydesdale dray horses were commonplace at one time , all of the larger Breweries had them but now they have disappeared along with a large number of the larger Breweries . The growth of micro breweries and popularity of real ale has never been as popular in the UK as it is now. Micropubs are on the increase so the chances of seeing those majestic animals are slim , especially here in the North East as the Newcastle Brewery has long gone [the site is now Student Accommodation and Faculty Blocks] and there are no major brewers in the area . Do any of the members elsewhere in the UK still see Brewery Drays out on delivery ??
     
  2. Emma

    Emma Well-Known Member

    Yes, I have seen them several times. Some were on display at the Anheuser Busch facility in St. Louis, but they were just for show when you went on the brewery tour, and not the ones that parade. The posh breeders live in lavish splendor at Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, MO. Their facilities have better amenities than my first apartment. We saw the professional "movie star" group on opening day at the new Busch Stadium in 2006. There are several YouTube videos, but nothing compares to seeing those beautiful animals, prancing around in unison while the organist plays the Budweiser song. I got goosebumps. Everyone was standing, applauding, crying, taking photos. It was quite an experience. Each year, they ship younger Clydesdales to the Calgary Stampede, in Alberta Canada. They are pretty, and impressive, but not quite the same as the older ones that are kept in Missouri. And they are real snobs, when compared to the horse teams that compete in the chuck wagon race.
     
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  3. Emma

    Emma Well-Known Member

    This was my first laugh of the day. I read it at 5:20 a.m., and shot coffee out my nose! I'll have to remember not to read your posts while I'm drinking.
     
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  4. RickAns

    RickAns Well-Known Member

    Emma, have you seen the Budweiser Clydesdale's in person? I saw them when I was younger and also again last year when they came through on tour. Magnificent creatures they are. I am really glad I got to take my Mom to see them.
     
  5. dick

    dick Well-Known Member

    You never know Captain, one of your bookies may leave you a telly !;):)
     
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  6. captain clutterbuck

    captain clutterbuck Well-Known Member

    I also know little about horses .............................................which is why I am relatively poor and several Bookmakers are far richer :eek::(
     
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  7. Emma

    Emma Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info, since I know nothing about horses. I suppose they are similar to the decorations on our Budweiser Clydesdale's harnesses when they are dressed for parades.
     
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  8. maltrab

    maltrab Administrator Staff Member

    As Dick said very popular years ago,bot very few folk want to spend time polishing brass these days
     
  9. dick

    dick Well-Known Member

    It appears to be a strap of Horse Brasses Emma. :)Horse brasses were first used by the men who used carts and wagons for delivering stuff around the towns. The brasses "dressed up"" the harness/s on the horses,it was a similar idea to the people on the canals who had fancy painted buckets etc on the canal barges. Horse brasses on the walls and other places were quite a fad in the 1970's but like other fashions they faded .You can still pick them up in second hand shops but they are mostly copies. The real ones are used on parades of Shire horses and brewery wagons and at agriculture shows when the horses are there. You can see the horses in one of Pete's old photos. Some of them have some brasses on their harness.
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2017
  10. Emma

    Emma Well-Known Member

    This item appears in several episodes of LOTSW. I have also seen it displayed in other British TV programs.

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