Did you know that you can make a living taking care of the Budweiser Clydesdales? Equine career seekers should keep an eye out for these positions as a few are posted each year (the most recent posting was a traveling handler position posted in April 2016 that has been filled).
The breeding program for the Budweiser Clydesdales is located at Warm Springs Ranch in Cooper County, Missouri. The facility boasts 300 acres and more than 100 horses on the property. Farm-based positions primarily support the breeding program, which produces 30 to 40 foals each year. There are also training positions that care for the young Clydesdales from the time they are weanlings up until they are ready to participate in events (at about 4 years of age). The training positions are based at nearby Grant’s Farm. Retired horses are also housed at Grant’s Farm after their careers.
There are also traveling positions with the 8 horse hitch teams based out of St. Louis (Missouri), Fort Collins (Colorado), and Merrimack (New Hampshire). Traveling positions may involve a staggering 340+ days on the road each year, so applicants should be ready to be constantly on the move. Job postings often mention candidate qualifications like a class A CDL license, a strong knowledge of horse care and management, strong interpersonal skills for dealing with the public, and the ability to operate and maintain equipment such as wagons and harnesses.
You can check for available openings by visiting the Anheuser-Busch job site, clicking “Explore US Opportunities,” and then searching by the keyword Clydesdales.