Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:54 am
WILLIAMSBURG — Busch Gardens' newest attraction arrived just after midnight Tuesday — the first ever Clydesdale to be born at the Williamsburg amusement park.
The so-far unnamed colt was born to mother, Panola, at the park's Highland Stables, said Kevin Crossett, a Busch Gardens spokesman. He said the stables remained closed to the public Tuesday to allow the mother and foal to bond and be checked medically. The colt made its first public appearance Wednesday afternoon at the park's Highland Stables pasture, Crossett said.
Even though Busch Gardens has long been associated with the massive work horses made famous by decades of iconic Budweiser advertisements, the birth was a milestone.
Crossett said previous Clydesdale births took place at an off-site location and the animals were brought to the park months later. But that site is no longer park property after previous owner Anheuser Busch InBev sold off the company's amusement park interests last year, he said.
The new Clydesdale will remain at the park and "will be out as much as possible," Crossett said.
The Highland Stables, in the park's Scottish village, were redesigned in 2010 to better reflect a working farm. Crossett said several lambs have been born there within the past couple of weeks and now the Clydesdale.
"I don't know how much more of a working farm you can get," Crossett said.
Copyright © 2011, Newport News, Va., Daily Press
Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:53 pm
It’s big. It’s extreme, and it’s coming to Busch Gardens this April. The best action sports athletes in the world will challenge “Big Red,” a massive competition ramp used for nationally televised extreme sports events like the X Games and the Action Sports World Tour. On April 30, Big Red makes its debut at Busch Gardens during the park’s second annual Ramp Jam event presented by Mountain Dew.
Big Red’s stats are impressive. Its frame is built of galvanized steel. Birch wood, aluminum and a special surfacing material called skatelite, transforms Big Red into the tallest competition ramp in the United States. A flatbed trailer will haul the ramp from its storage warehouse in Los Angeles to the Williamsburg theme park later this month. The trailer itself can fit within the ramp’s 60-foot width. And at 56 feet deep, there is plenty of room to take advantage of Big Red’s 14-foot-6-inch height.
“Considering how important Big Red is to major competitions, we limit its use to about 10 events per year,” said Rick Bratman, CEO of ASA Entertainment, a leader in the production of action sports events and television programming worldwide.
“Last year’s Ramp Jam event was extremely popular with Busch Gardens’ fans. We wanted this year’s event to be even bigger so we’re bringing in our biggest ramp and expect to see some big air and huge stunts from the biggest names in action sports,” he said.
A team of technicians will begin assembling the ramp in Busch Gardens’ Festhaus Park after it arrives later this month. The ramp will be the main stage for superstar athletes like Bucky Lasek, Jamie Bestwick, Kevin Robinson, Simon Tabron and Sandro Dias to show off their talents as part of the ASA Action Sports World Tour at Ramp Jam.
Ramp Jam continues Saturdays and Sundays for three weekends, beginning April 30 and ending May 15. All performances are held at Festhaus Park and lawn seating is available. Performances will begin at 1 p.m. and the event is free for park guests. For more information about Ramp Jam, visit http://www.buschgardens.com or call (800) 343-7946.
A complete list of athletes featured at Ramp Jam is listed below.
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