The famous Clydesdale horses of the Carlton and United Breweries are hanging up their reins* and retiring*.
For 65 years, the ‘Clydies’ have been much loved ambassadors* for the beer company and have captured hearts across the nation.
But with the retirement of three of the six Clydesdales, the decision was made to end the tradition.
“With the retirement of Clydesdales Murphy and Harro, and in the near future Andy, CUB has decided that now is the right time for the Carlton Draught Clydesdales program to finish,” said CUB corporate affairs manager Sabine Wolff.
Trainer Glen Pate will also step down after working with the horses for 34 years.
“The end of the Carlton Clydesdales program is really the end of an era*. I’m very proud that CUB has kept a working Clydesdale team longer than any other brewery in Australia.” Mr Pate said.
“It’s been a real honour leading the Carlton Clydesdales for almost all my working life. They’ve brought so much joy to so many Australians.”
The horses originally started with CUB as transport animals carting beer from place to place. They quickly became synomomous* with the beer company and their photos still hang on the walls of pubs all across the nation.
After trucks took over their transportation role, the Clydesdales turned to promotional* work and were regulars at big events across Australia including the AFL Grand Final Parade, agricultural shows such as the Ekka in Brisbane and on TV programs.
Murphy is particularly well travelled having been to every state in Australia.
Ms Wolff admitted it was a sad time for the brewery.
“There are some very sad people around here. Everyone loves them because they are such beautiful and sweet natured animals,” she said.
Mr Pate and the broader CUB Clydesdales team in Melbourne are working to rehome each horse with an appropriate, caring family.
See some Clydesdale horses in action in this video of an historic horse drive.
reins: narrow strap used to guide horses
retiring: stopping worklife
ambassadors: a representative or promoter of a specified activity
era: a long and distinct period of history
synonymous: closely associated with
promotional: publicising an event or thing to increase awareness or sales
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1. Home Wanted
Create a newspaper advertisement seeking a new home for a CUB Clydesdale. In your ad include some information about the horse, what kind of home it needs and what will be required to care for it.
Extension: Come up with a list of questions to ask prospective new carers of the Clydesdales that would help you work out if they would make suitable owners.
Time: Allow 15 minutes
Curriculum links: English
2. Transporting goods
The article tells us that Clydesdales stopped being used to transport CUB beers when trucks took over. There are many different modes of transport that are used to move goods from place to place and it is common for the modes of transport to change over time. Name four different types of transport that have or are used for transporting goods. Give a rough time period of when this mode of transport became popular and one advantage and disadvantage of each mode of transport. (You may need to do some research!)
Extension: Make a list or draw a picture of all of the different modes of transport you have been on.
Time: Allow 30 minutes
Curriculum links: English, History
With a partner see if you can you identify all the doing words/verbs in this text? Highlight them in yellow and then make a list of them all down your page. Now see if you and your partner can come up with a synonym for the chosen verb- make sure it still makes the context it was taken from.
Try and see if you can replace some of the original verbs with your synonyms and discuss if any are better and why.
Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP
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Please do not use one-word answers. Explain what you enjoyed or found interesting about the article. Use lots of adjectives.