Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Clydesdales Visit

I'm participating in Sunday Favorites, hosted by Chari, at Happy to Design.

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This post was from a year ago, when The Clydesdales came to town. For 15 years my husband and I had requested their presence for our annual town's Good Ol Days Parade. But, alas, for the first 14 years our request was turned down.

And then last year, six months after we sold our building and closed our wine and spirit (and Budweiser) shop, we found out that they were coming!!!!

And not just for the parade but for a whole week!

It was an exciting time for us, it was an exciting time for our town . . . .

And with Budweiser being sold to Inbev, a Belgian company, perhaps the only time they will ever visit.

From Lines from Linderhof, June 9, 2008.

The Gentle Giants came to our prairie town last week.

We were able to stable them in our 1842 fort. The stables were built for the dragoon's horses and the windows were for light and ventilation -- not for horses looking out. But these gentle giants -- at least 18 hands (6 feet) at the shoulder had no trouble peering out the stable windows.
They travel in three semis -- two for the horses and one for tack and the wagon. Five horses to a semi (they bring two extra for the horses get days off)
It was fun to see them being exercised in the morning as they walked the brick streets of this prairie town. Two or three at a time. What fun for residents who looked out their window and saw these big horses going past their house. We are used to the clip clop of horses hooves on the bricks as we have an Amish community nearby, but it was definitely special to see these big guys in and around our town.
The stables at our historic fort had to be retrofitted for the horses. Two stalls made into one for each horse needs a 10 by 10 foot stall. Grain and hay were stored above as it was in the 1840's when the dragoons horses and the wagon mules were housed in this barn. Sweet prairie hay we provided to these horses. The same type of hay that was fed to the 1840's horses.
Over the week, we got to know each horse well -- this is Ace. He, was a special sweetheart. He's a "wheel horse" which means that he's hitched first to the wagon and is one of the two that really do most of the work.

What makes this hitch so special is that they were the ones in the 9/11 commercial that was shown only once -- at the 2002 Super Bowl. Where the horses go across the bridge and with New York City in the background, bow down to the heroes of 9/11.

They are special horses and we feel fortunate that they were able to make a week long stop in our little town. What is most special about their visit is the memories they made for the children that watched them at their exhibitions, in the parade or just going to see them in the stables. A lifetime memory.


Keetha Broyles said...

Oh I LOVE this. That picture of all the giants peeping out the window is just precious. (Can a huge horse like be called "precious?")

Thanks so much for reposting this!!! (I for one didn't see it the last time.)

Valerie said...

Hi Martha.

Loved this post as I am originally from St. Louis and loved seeing the Clydesdales perform in City parades.

Thanks for reposting!


Lori E said...

They are just so stunning and I think they know it.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, this was really a special post. Your pictures are a treasure.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Loved that first picture of them looking out the windows! I've been to the brewery in St. Louis to see them, and they are amazing! I can just imagine how great it was to have them there for a week and really get to know them. They are beautiful animals. How interesting that they appeared in that one commercial. Great re-post! laurie

Nancy Yoakum said...

Aren't they grand to see in person? My son took a tour of Budweiser and I know he was more impressed with the Clydesdales than there beer. Love the picture of them sticking their heads out the windows!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

I'm so glad that you joined in with the fun of Sunday Favorites this week, my friend!!!

What a fabulous post to share with all of us...I missed seeing it the first time around so this was such a treat! I just love these beautiful horses!!! What a great experience and privilege to have them come to your town for a visit! Ohhh, I can just imagine all the looks on the faces of the children...hehe!!!

Loved all of your photos...especially the photo of those beauties with their heads popped out the windows! Hehe!

Have a great week, my friend!
Warmest wishes,

Casabella Cottage said...

That was a great picture of the horses looking out all at once! Liz

niartist said...

Oh how much fun was that!?!? I saw them once, when I was a child, at a Rodeo Parade in San Angelo, Texas. I was amazed at how HUGE they were. I saw one again last year in NYC, and even though the ones I remembered were much larger, the majestic quality of the animals is enough to make you stop and take a second, third, fourth look. Beautiful. Great post! I hope that this Sunday you'll participate in the "Share a Garden Sunday" hosted at my blog. Your gardens are so lovely a linderhof, it'd be a shame if you couldn't. :)

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

This is the most "Beautiful Post"... I get weak in the knees with horses, and what is NOT to adore about these!!! Oh you were SO lucky to be up close and personal with them... LOVE them!!!
Thank you so much for sharing this treasure with us...