Grab your cameras and walking shoes because Warm Springs Ranch is ready to open its gates for the eighth season.
Guests are invited to visit the premier breeding facility starting Saturday, March 26 to get an up close and personal experience with foals, mares and world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
Warm Springs Ranch, located in Boonville, Mo., is home to more than 70 Clydesdales and sits on 300-plus acres of land, allowing plenty of room for the Budweiser Clydesdales to exercise and roam. While visiting the facility, guests can tour the property’s vast countryside along with the 25,000-square-foot breeding barn, veterinary lab and pastures with customized, walk-in shelters. The experience also includes ample time to learn the history of the Budweiser Clydesdales and the meticulous care and attention that goes into raising them. Dedicated staff is on-site around the clock to ensure the highest quality of care for each horse and that all new baby Clydesdales born at the Ranch are welcomed into the world in comfort and safety.
“Each year we look forward to sharing our passion for raising some of America’s most historic icons by offering our guests an interactive, behind-the-scenes look at where it all begins,” said John Soto, Supervisor of Warm Spring Ranch. “We allow our visitors to see first-hand what goes into raising these gentle-giants – from a foal’s first step to marching in a national parade as part of the world-famous hitch team – and we’re excited to continue this tradition for the eighth consecutive year.”
Visitors this season will also have the opportunity to meet Warm Springs Ranch’s first-born foal of 2016, Mac, who grabbed the hearts of America when he was born in January. Just a few months old, Mac has made his home at Warm Springs Ranch along with a handful of other newborn foals. During the 2016 foaling season, the farm expects more than 20 baby Clydesdales will be born. For updates on the Ranch and to meet new foals year-round, follow Warm Springs Ranch on Facebook and Twitter.
“Whether it’s Super Bowl commercials or the hitch team and red wagon marching in community parades, the Budweiser Clydesdales have a special connection with people across the globe,” said Jeff Knapper, General Manager of Budweiser Clydesdale Operations. “We’re proud to offer guests the opportunity to see where Clydesdales spend their first years and showcase how they have been an integral part of our company’s heritage for the past 83 years.”
Warm Springs Ranch offers guided walking tours twice a day, except for Wednesday, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The tour costs $12 per person and lasts one-and-a-half hours. The guided walking tour give guests the opportunity to interact with Clydesdale handlers, see the Clydesdales’ harness, luxury trailer and 1903 beer wagon, and take a picture with a Clydesdale. Guests 21 and older will also have the opportunity to sample Budweiser. In addition, Warm Springs Ranch also offers a VIP tour once a day, allowing guests to climb aboard a custom-built vehicle to enjoy a private excursion on the 300-plus acres. In addition to the experiences offered on the guided walking tour, the VIP tour also takes visitors on a private walking tour of the 25,000-square -foot breeding facility, gives a peek inside the special foaling area and a offers the chance to view the traveling hitch equipment. A VIP tour can accommodate up to 16 guests and has a flat fee of $500, no matter the number of guests on the tour. Reservations are required for both tours. To reserve a tour spot or for more information, visit www.warmspringsranch.com.
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