Gentle giants arrive in Sedalia


By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



Four of the 10-member Budweiser Clydesdale team stand in front of the Coliseum early Tuesday morning with their handler Rudy Helmuth. The horses, from St. Louis, will make daily parades throughout the Fairgrounds during the Missouri State Fair. They will also make a promotional appearance and parade on Barrett Avenue at 6:30 p.m. tonight. County Distributing of Sedalia sponsored a contest where two winners will ride on the hitch. The team will also make home deliveries during tonight’s parade.


Clyde the Dalmatian takes a break on the floor of the Mathewson Exhibition Center after playing with the Clydesdale horses Tuesday morning. The 2-year-old dog is always with the team, Rudy Helmig said.


Princeton stands with handler Dennis Knapp before entering his stall under a tent on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, located behind the Women’s Building on the grounds. Throughout the 11-day event the Clydesdales will be available for visitors to take pictures and view the animals. The 10-member team will also make daily parades during the Fair.


One of the Budweiser Clydesdales enjoys a bucket of water after being brought back to the temporary stables behind the Women’s Building on the Fairgrounds. The team in Sedalia for the Fair is from St. Louis. Two other teams are located in New Hampshire and Colorado. “We are on the road about 300 days out of the year,” Rudy Helmuth, handler of the Clydesdales, said. “Usually every week we are at a different event to give the public the opportunity to see the team in person.”


Rudy Helmuth and Clyde stand before the 10-member Budweiser Clydesdale Team in the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The horses will be at the Fair during the 11-day run of the event. “I like to call them gentle giants because they truly are,” Helmuth said. “They are an American icon and we are thrilled to be able to bring them to Sedalia and the Missouri State Fair for the people to see in person.”


By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

Four of the 10-member Budweiser Clydesdale team stand in front of the Coliseum early Tuesday morning with their handler Rudy Helmuth. The horses, from St. Louis, will make daily parades throughout the Fairgrounds during the Missouri State Fair. They will also make a promotional appearance and parade on Barrett Avenue at 6:30 p.m. tonight. County Distributing of Sedalia sponsored a contest where two winners will ride on the hitch. The team will also make home deliveries during tonight’s parade.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd081215clydesdales11.jpgFour of the 10-member Budweiser Clydesdale team stand in front of the Coliseum early Tuesday morning with their handler Rudy Helmuth. The horses, from St. Louis, will make daily parades throughout the Fairgrounds during the Missouri State Fair. They will also make a promotional appearance and parade on Barrett Avenue at 6:30 p.m. tonight. County Distributing of Sedalia sponsored a contest where two winners will ride on the hitch. The team will also make home deliveries during tonight’s parade.

Clyde the Dalmatian takes a break on the floor of the Mathewson Exhibition Center after playing with the Clydesdale horses Tuesday morning. The 2-year-old dog is always with the team, Rudy Helmig said.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd081215clydesdales21.jpgClyde the Dalmatian takes a break on the floor of the Mathewson Exhibition Center after playing with the Clydesdale horses Tuesday morning. The 2-year-old dog is always with the team, Rudy Helmig said.

Princeton stands with handler Dennis Knapp before entering his stall under a tent on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, located behind the Women’s Building on the grounds. Throughout the 11-day event the Clydesdales will be available for visitors to take pictures and view the animals. The 10-member team will also make daily parades during the Fair.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd081215clydesdales31.jpgPrinceton stands with handler Dennis Knapp before entering his stall under a tent on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, located behind the Women’s Building on the grounds. Throughout the 11-day event the Clydesdales will be available for visitors to take pictures and view the animals. The 10-member team will also make daily parades during the Fair.

One of the Budweiser Clydesdales enjoys a bucket of water after being brought back to the temporary stables behind the Women’s Building on the Fairgrounds. The team in Sedalia for the Fair is from St. Louis. Two other teams are located in New Hampshire and Colorado. “We are on the road about 300 days out of the year,” Rudy Helmuth, handler of the Clydesdales, said. “Usually every week we are at a different event to give the public the opportunity to see the team in person.”
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd081215clydesdales41.jpgOne of the Budweiser Clydesdales enjoys a bucket of water after being brought back to the temporary stables behind the Women’s Building on the Fairgrounds. The team in Sedalia for the Fair is from St. Louis. Two other teams are located in New Hampshire and Colorado. “We are on the road about 300 days out of the year,” Rudy Helmuth, handler of the Clydesdales, said. “Usually every week we are at a different event to give the public the opportunity to see the team in person.”

Rudy Helmuth and Clyde stand before the 10-member Budweiser Clydesdale Team in the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The horses will be at the Fair during the 11-day run of the event. “I like to call them gentle giants because they truly are,” Helmuth said. “They are an American icon and we are thrilled to be able to bring them to Sedalia and the Missouri State Fair for the people to see in person.”
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd081215clydesdales51.jpgRudy Helmuth and Clyde stand before the 10-member Budweiser Clydesdale Team in the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The horses will be at the Fair during the 11-day run of the event. “I like to call them gentle giants because they truly are,” Helmuth said. “They are an American icon and we are thrilled to be able to bring them to Sedalia and the Missouri State Fair for the people to see in person.”

A team of the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales has arrived in Sedalia for a series of daily parades during the Missouri State Fair.

Prior to their Fair appearances, the 10 horses will travel Barrett Avenue at 6:30 p.m. today to make home deliveries. Additionally, two winners will have a chance to ride on the hitch during the parade on Barrett Avenue.

“I like to call them gentle giants, because they truly are,” Rudy Helmuth, handler of the Clydesdales, said. “They are an American icon and we are thrilled to be able to bring them to Sedalia and the Missouri State Fair for the people to see them in person.”

The 10-member team and their ever present companion, Clyde the Dalmatian, arrived in Sedalia Monday.

The horses with the handlers are spending the next 12 days on the Fairgrounds for young and old to see during the 11-day run of the Fair.

Housed in matched stables located behind the Women’s Building on the Fairgrounds, the Clydesdales will be available for viewing and photo opportunities.

“We are on the road about 300 days out of the year,” Helmuth said. “Usually, every week we are at a different event to give the public the opportunity to see the team in person. Everyone is thrilled when they have the chance to see the beauty of the animals in person.”

According to a press release provided by Anheuser-Busch, this year marks the 82nd anniversary of the Budweiser Clydesdales. The team made their first appearance on behalf of Anheuser-Busch on April 7, 1933, when they delivered a case of Budweiser to the White House in celebration of the repeal of prohibition.

“We actually have three different teams of the horses,” Helmuth said. “One is out of New Hampshire, one in Colorado, and of course the team from St. Louis.”

The St. Louis team has traveled to Sedalia.

The 10-member Clydesdales that are in Sedalia range between 5 to 12 years in age.

“The horses are typically a part of the team until they reach their mid-teens,” Helmuth said.

The animals, according to the press release, are approximately six feet or 18 hands tall at the shoulder and typically weigh an average of 2,000 pounds.

Despite their imposing size, Helmuth was the only handler in the ring with the 10 horses as they exercised in the Mathewson Exhibition Center Arena early Tuesday morning.

“They have a mild temperament and get along well with each other,” Helmuth added. “They truly do love people and I love every part of my job. It is rewarding to be able to bring joy to everyone who comes in contact with the Clydesdales.”

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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