September 03, 2018
Amy is a FarmHer with a lot of history with working horses. Growing up in Virginia, her parents moved to a farm to raise their kids and her dad bought draft horses. He then went to Iowa to learn how to hitch the horses and brought that knowledge home. Passing it along to his daughter, he ignited a lifelong passion.
She went to school in North Dakota for animal science and minor in zoology. Seventeen years ago she made her way onto a Budweiser hitch out of San Antonio and spent years on the road with the hitch. She had to obtain a CDL license and traveled the country, and even went to China with the team. In 2010 she was promoted to manager of 'Grants Farm' in St. Louis and spends her time caring for and training the horses there.
Amy met me at Warm Springs Ranch, which is where all of the Budweiser Clydesdales are bred and raised. The breeding mares live their lives at Warm Springs Ranch and have a baby about every year. There are two stallions here that are part of the breeding program.
We started at the front of the impressive Budweiser red building to meet Amy. From there we went in and met a mare with a fowl and visited where public visitors can visit. Amy then took me out to show me one of the trucks from a hitch, seeing where these impressive 1 ton animals spend their miles on the road. She explained all of the ways the trucks are built to ensure the safety and comfort of the animals while they travel the country, amazing crowds from coast to coast. We then headed out to visit the yearlings, who still stood impressively tall. As we looked over the group Amy points out a few prospects that had the marking and breeding to possibly make it onto one of the hitches someday.
She explained that only a select few, the best bred and trained, will make it into the training program after leaving the ranch. Those that do will go on to Grants Farm for a year to further their training. From there a select few continue onto the final step for hitch training on the East Coast. The ones who don’t make the cut are sold off to a list of eagerly awaiting recipients, excited to own one of the iconic horses. Our last stop of the day was out in a bright green pasture, home to the breeding mares. There aren’t words to describe the beauty of these impressive creatures as they ran up to us, curiously cautious.
Spending time around these impressive animals was an amazing experience. They are not only iconic and impressive in stature, but seeing all of the hard work and care that is put in behind the scenes makes it all that much more amazing. Amy has devoted much of her life to these gentle giants, guiding them through their training and showing them off to the world. An elite FarmHer job for an elite team of horses, set in the Rolling hills of Missouri. It was definitely a FarmHer day for the record books and a big check off my own personal bucket list.
September 09, 2018
I loved this episode. I love all the episodes. I want to show many of them to my junior high and high school agriculture students. Is there way to view entire episodes online? Amy Trout’s story is one my students would really be excited to watch.
September 06, 2018
Amy is an incredible young woman and her love of animals shows in everything she does including teaching and sharing this love to her children. Congratulations to this Farmher!!
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