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The five most memorable Budweiser Clydesdale commercials; the horses are leaving Fort Collins

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Anheuser Busch gave almost no specifics on the reasons for the move beyond this statement: "To further develop our expert Clydesdale personnel and improve the logistical support behind our extensive traveling Clydesdale program, we are transitioning some of our local Clydesdale operations."

But Fort Collins will get a consolation prize. A team of six Clydesdales will be relocated from Missouri to Fort Collins to serve as the western region's promotional horses, going to events like one that took place at Applejack Wine & Spirits on August 18, at which customers were invited to hang out, take photos and, oh, buy discounted Bud products.

An Anheuser Busch spokesman didn't respond to our questions as to whether any of Bud's famous Clydesdale commercials were shot in Fort Collins, or whether any of the horses that were trained there had acted in those spots.

For the record, here are our five most memorable Clydesdale commercials:

5. The little donkey that could Maybe it's because I was drinking too much beer, but I love that donkey, man. Like many of Budweiser's Clydesdale commercials, this one aired first during a Super Bowl -- in this case, the 2004 edition. It was overshadowed, however, by Janet Jackson's magical wardrobe malfunction.

4. Kneeling at Ground Zero Aired only once, during the January 2002 Super Bowl, this commercial was produced to honor our country after 9/11. But is it a tear-jerking tribute or a cheap ploy framed as heartfelt patriotism? You be the judge.

3. A Dalmatian channels Mickey Goldmill This ad from 2008 has Dalmatians, an inspirational story, beer and the theme from Rocky. What's not to like?

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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