Warm Springs Ranch, Boonville, Missouri: What says “St. Louis” more than toasted ravioli or the Gateway Arch? Arguably more well-known around the country is St. Louis’s tie to Budweiser and its famed Clydesdales. Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, Missouri, is the official breeding facility of the special and beautiful breed that acts as the brand’s worldwide mascot. The facility was originally built in 2008 on 300-plus acres of Missouri’s rolling hills. Now, the property features a mare/stallion and foaling barn, veterinary lab and 10 pastures, each with a customized walk-in shelter. The vast premises and all its state-of-the-art amenities are currently home to over 70 Clydesdales ranging from foals to stallions. If you’re interested in getting to know the Budweiser Clydesdales and learning more about their day-to-day life, consider going on one of Warm Springs Ranch’s many tours; from guided walking experiences to VIP private tours, there is an option for every level of interest. To see the breeding facility in its entirety, you and your group can begin your journey on a custom-built trailer to help you explore the rolling pastures and interact with the famous horses along the way.
The Château de Chantilly, Chantilly, France:
Take a trip to the 18th century and 1700s French high society with a trip to The Château de Chantilly in Chantilly, France. Its stables, also called The Great Stables, were built between 1219 and 1735 by architect Jean Aubert for the 7th Prince of Condé. Still today, The Château de Chantilly is known as one of the top locations in the world dedicated to the glorification of horses. This historic location acts as a catalyst for the combination of equestrian arts and a passion for horses.The Great Stables of Chantilly are home to 26 horses, 10 ponies, three donkeys and one mule, all of which can be seen in one of the stable’s 120 yearly performances. In addition to the space’s opulent horse stables and TOTEM equestrian shows, the museum housed within the building shows the relationship between man and horses since the beginning of civilization, teaching about the importance of horses both now and in centuries passed through artistic and ethnological displays.