Jul 2, 2015

Budweiser Clydesdales an immediate hit in Cody

Budweiser's famed Clydesdale horses are in Cody, and although they have yet to make their first "official" public appearance, they've already proven a big hit.

The horses have been staying at the Riley Arena and Community Events Center since Tuesday, gearing up for a public viewing party at the arena (4 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday) and showings in the Stampede Parade on Friday and Saturday.

However, folks have been welcome to informally stop by and check out the Clydesdales at the Riley Arena over the past couple days. By arena manager David Koch's estimation, hundreds of people have dropped in.

“A lot of people are excited to the see the horses,” Koch said Thursday morning. “A lot of smiles around here.”

He expected even more people to take a look at the horses on Thursday. Folks are welcome to come by anytime while the arena's open, though the official viewing party doesn't start until 4 p.m.

Budweiser's Clydesdales have already drawn many people at the Riley Arena. Cody News Co. photos by John Wetzel
During the party, there will some food and drinks and “the horses will actually be outside of their stalls,” giving attendees the opportunity to take photos with “and possibly pet the Clydesdales,” Koch said.

A good-sized team is taking care of the Budweiser Clydesdales in Cody, constantly freshening their hay and cleaning their stalls, Koch said. All of the animals' feed was shipped last week.

“These animals are superstars,” Koch said.

Park County Sheriff's deputies have been providing security for the Clydesdales when they're not on display or otherwise out and about. The sheriff's office said it's being reimbursed for the cost of the security services. 

The horses may be at the Riley Arena until Monday, he said. They're scheduled for a private reception on Sunday following Friday and Saturday's parades.


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