Yesterday, I posted the 2014 Super Bowl Budweiser commercial with a puppy, a Clydesdale and a man and woman, which reminded me of the movie Baby Boom and that caught another post. All of which resulted in a nice evening, a kind of cheerful, laugh-filled night. It got me to thinking of another Budweiser commercial involving a Clydesdale youngster with grand ambitions, so I went looking for it, as ya do, right?
Turns out there is quite a history around the Budweiser Clydesdales, extraordinary training for these commercials, and that they’ve been participating in the Super Bowls for 28 years. For anyone curious or just up at 2:00 a.m., there’s a Nightline story around the breeding and training, as well as there’s a 9 minute video on the training for the actual stunts in the commercials, which only made sense after I watched many of the Budweiser commercials over the last several years involving the Clydesdales, Dalmatian puppies who grow into adulthood, one baby goat who grow up to be a streaker, a donkey whose life ambition is to be a Clydesdale, and a zebra who acts as a referee at one of the Clydesdale football games between two teams of Clydesdales. I kid you not.
One features a Clydesdale who gets passed over for the actual hitch team. “Maybe next year, Hank.” When the Rocky theme breaks loose, they’ve got you:
There is even one honoring New York after 9/11 where the horses kneel in memory. When you watch ’em all together, one right after another, it is like looking through the pages of a family album.
The Jacksonville.com did “A Look back: Budweiser Clydesdale in Super Bowl Commercials” (Compiled by Tom Szaroleta/The Times-Union) located here. Last year’s was excellent, but that little guy still catches my heart strings: