Raise A Glass To The Hitch Horses Of History
Though the Budweiser hitch is the most popular, the history says that they are not the first one in the world of commercials with that style of advertising. Many national-scale breweries maintained a commercial hitch-either for public events or competing in shows. So, let`s recall of some of the great old commercial draft hitches.
Armour Packing Percherons
This company used yellow wagons which were drawn by gray Percheron geldings. They were delivering goods and in the competition ring they were always winning. The Armour hitch was a headline attraction at the Sells-Floto circus all over Europe and across America.
Genesee Brewing Company Belgians
The Genesee Brewing Company produced the only 12-horse hitch. It was a unique team of red roan Belgians, hitched three abreast in four rows with a red wagon. There was even a beer that was named after them- `12 Horse Ale`.
This eight-horse hitch was put together in 80s and performed on parades and exhibitions until 2007. The team of black Percherons was donated to the US Army, after it was retired for budgetary reasons.