Lo­cal horse makes Bud team

The Glengarry News - Glengarry Supplement - - News - - Steven Warburton

If you’re fa­mil­iar with Bud­weiser’s ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign, then you’ve likely seen the Cly­des­dale horses that tour the world. Tra­di­tion­ally, eight such horses are hitched to Bud­weiser’s iconic red, white, and gold beer wagon.

And here’s the Glen­garry con­nec­tion: one of those horses was born right here in Glen­garry. Andrew Sang­ster of the Wil­liamstown-based Strath­burn Farm says that Rosco, a Cly­des­dale geld­ing, was born there in 2013. He had pre­vi­ously sold Rosco to a Rich­mond, ON man named John Newel, who sub­se­quently sold the horse to the An­heuser-Busch Brew­ing Com­pany, the St. Louis-based com­pany that makes Bud­weiser.

Bud­weiser has very spe­cific stan­dards for the Cly­des­dales, which are im­me­di­ately rec­og­niz- able due to their red­dish- brown bod­ies, white snouts, and four white stock­ing feet.

It’s ev­i­dent that Mr. Sang­ster is proud that his orig­i­nal horse now plays such a prom­i­nent role in Amer­i­can pop cul­ture. He has a pic­ture of Rosco in his truck and he’ll show it to any­one who asks.

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