A long standing tradition in southeastern Montana, the Stevenson family Clydesdales have been a part of the family for more than 25 years.
When Jon, Todd and Joe Stevenson were young boys, the family’s ponies were often the weekend’s entertainment – entertainment the boys thoroughly enjoyed. These childhood experiences fostered a great love for horses. As the boys grew into men, they decided to purchase eight magnificent Clydesdales, which could be used by the family’s funeral homes for processions, as well as other local and regional events.
Over the past 30 years, since the first horse-drawn funeral procession in 1981, the Clydesdales have grown in notoriety and demand not only in Miles City, but throughout all of Montana. Primarily, the Clydesdales are used for funerals and weddings. The horses pull one of several lovely, rustic carriages – depending on the event. One of the carriages, a rare and beautiful Vis-à-vis, is a favorite for weddings.
The Stevenson’s Clydesdales have become deeply rooted in the culture of Miles City, as well as southeastern Montana. The sight of these majestic horses in their dress tack, pulling one of the ornate, period carriages, inspires awe and appreciation in everyone.
The Clydesdales can be seen in many events around the state, but they are most noted for their performances in the Christmas Stroll as well as local and regional parades.
The Clydesdales are available for funeral processions and weddings. Please contact us for more information on making the Clydesdales a part of your event.
About The Stevenson Clydesdales
The names of the Clydesdales are Chipper, Shaq, Amos, Maggie, Libby, Duke, Earl & Clyde. Each of the horses weighs around one ton (2,000 pounds) and stands approximately 19 hands tall (about 76″).
The Clydesdale has an interesting history and heritage that began in Clydesdale, Scotland – where relatively small draft horses were bred to start this ultimately massive working breed of horse that has such a rich place in global history.
Clydesdales, with their distinctive and uniquely imposing appearance, are highly sought after for all manner of shows and parades, but they are still used as draft horses in agriculture, driving and even logging.