A Super Bowl Star is Born

At just seven days old, the latest addition to the iconic Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales filmed her big screen debut for Budweiser’s customary Clydesdale Super Bowl advertisement!  Over 100 million viewers in the United States watched as a breeder cared for, released, and then reunited with his former foal during the big game this Feb 3.  The heartwarming commercial was most definitely one of my favorites!  Yours, too?

Anheuser Busch wants fans to name the baby Clydesdale via Twitter. Photo courtesy of Anheuser Busch's Twitter.

Anheuser Busch wants fans to name the baby Clydesdale via Twitter. Photo courtesy of Anheuser Busch’s Twitter.

The baby weighed 150 pounds when it was born on Jan. 16, 2013.  All of the Budweiser Clydesdales are born at Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, Mo., where they reside until the age of two.  At that point they are either chosen to be a Budweiser horse, kept for breeding, or sold. 

There are very strict standards for Budweiser Clydesdales: “They must have a white blaze, a black mane and tail … and four white, stocking feet,” said Jeff Knapper, the Clydesdale breeder.  Apparently, the new baby looks promising. 

“People love the Clydesdales and they are a symbol,” said Rob McCarthy, the vice president of Budweiser. 

What a way to celebrate the 80 year relationship between Budweiser and the Clydesdales. The relationship dates back to 1933, the end of Prohibition.  August Busch, Jr., held a parade down the streets of St. Louis with the horses and beer as a celebration of the great occasion.  They say, however, they’re more than a mascot; they’re part of the family!

The birth of the newest foal was first announced in Budweiser’s first ever tweet. 

“This year’s #SuperBowl star? Our new #Clydesdales foal — and we need help to name it. Tweet us ideas via #Clydesdales. pic.twitter.com/knVsSyQp.” 

They are asking for name suggestions for the baby horse via Twitter, Facebook or email.  My top choice, Knight, in honor of Stan Musial.  Any other ideas?