Clydesdale Breeders of the U.S.A., congratulations! Your World Clydesdale Show, held October 12, 13 and 14, was a roaring success. A much needed, highly-anticipated event, no breed show has attracted crowds of enthusiastic spectators in greater numbers. All three days of the breed show, the atmosphere was charged.
One would be challenged to find a better location for a breed show of this magnitude. The stabling was extensive, the area around the Coliseum spacious and traffic free, the extensive park well-manicured. The Coliseum was ideal for the Show and Trade Fair, the adjacent Exhibition Hall perfect for the banquet, while the adjacent Arena housed the Anheuser-Busch Hitch and demonstrations with ease. The presence of hotels in walking distance from the Alliant Energy Center was a convenience officials, exhibitors and visitors appreciated. Few livestock facilities in North America are better served in an urban center.
Truly a World Clydesdale Show, exhibits were present from across the United States, Canada and the British Isles. Clydesdale breeders in number from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, France and Australia followed each class ringside. Many international friendships were made, a record number of Clydesdale sales were transacted, while many new business contacts were made. There is no question, the Clydesdale breed is international and this rightfully was called a World Clydesdale Show.
From a financial standpoint, this World Clydesdale Show was a winner. The Clydesdale Store was overwhelmed, as were the trade stands, which reported record sales. The food court, the demonstrations, the seminars–even the barns, drew record crowds. I’ve attended many draft horse shows in North America but none brought the public out in such numbers. Still there was room for everyone, for 8,500 parking spaces surround the well designed complex.
On behalf of the Clydesdale horse, thanks are extended to the Busch Family, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., and to Jim Poole, Manager of Clydesdale Operations, who sponsored the World Clydesdale Show in a significant manner. A Budweiser eight-horse hitch and the world’s largest Clydesdale horse commanded public interest. The hospitality shown overseas Clydesdale breeders was a highlight for those horsemen, who made the long trip to Madison.
Thanks to the Silver Sponsors, the Bronze Sponsors and the Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau. There are few equine breeds in North America that can boast such generous benefactors. So, too, the rank and file of the Clydesdale breed must be thanked. What support; what enthusiasm!
I applaud the Clydesdale Breeders of the U.S.A.’s Board of Directors; their courage, direction and dedication was evident. Their's was a team effort. The logistics breed secretary Cathy Behn and her office staff handled was professional. Her regiment of volunteers completed each task assigned with no hesitation, as did the barn stewards, the ribbon party and ringmen, who assisted Dennis Kuehl, as respected a Show Superintendent as one will find in the draft horse world.
The World Clydesdale Show at Madison, Wisconsin, the first to be held every four years, was well organized, well run, well judged and greatly enjoyed. The Clydesdale breed is currently blessed!
At least this is how I see it.