Budweiser Clydesdales’ Acting Coach

Video of Robin Wiltshire training the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Haven’t you always wondered if the Clydesdales in the commercials weren’t really computer-generated animations?

Well, they’re not. They’re real horses that have a “day job” pulling the famous Budweiser hitch.

Their acting coach/trainer is an Australian who originally came to Wyoming to ride on the rodeo circuit.

Over on The Jurga Report, Fran Jurga introduces us to  Robin Wiltshire, the trainer of the Clydesdales used in the commercials that we all love.

Wiltshire knows how to get results fast and humanely, according to this article from his local paper. The article gives us a look into his process, as well as an idea of how long it takes to get the big horses camera-ready.

Not only does he train horses and cattle to star in commercials, but he trains TV producers well, too — definitely a species that doesn’t accept direction well themselves.

So, let’s see it in action.

Remember the Budweiser Clydesdale snowball fight commercial?

Check out this behind-the-scenes video of how the commercial was made.

Wiltshire’s website includes more videos and some dramatic still photos, so don’t forget to check that out.

So, what was your favorite Budweiser Clydesdale commercial? Feel free to leave your answer in the comments. Our readers are nice and don’t bite.

Thanks, Fran, for the heads up.

2 Comments
  • Jackie
    March 24, 2009

    I love it! I think if I was horse, I’d want to be a Budweiser Clydesdale. They just have so much fun. I’m impressed that the horses they use in the commercials are the actual hitch horses; I kinda figured they were, but it’s interesting that they can do both jobs so well. These horses sure are full of personality. I think I need to repost these videos on my blog!

  • rhond7
    March 24, 2009

    I love them, too. Clydes must be smart. Definitely eager to please. I’m impressed about how quickly they learn what they need to know.

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