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“very nice experience!”
Review of Warm Springs Ranch

Warm Springs Ranch
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Boonville
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

if you like horses, farms, Cyldesdales, or Budwieser or all the above you will enjoy this place. Make your reservations in advance online because once you get here the tour will be full. Also, its a bit off the beaten path so be sure to take a picnic because you won't find much available locally.

5  Thank trailsidedreamer
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"budweiser clydesdales"
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"vip tour"
in 8 reviews
"horse lovers"
in 7 reviews
"great tour"
in 19 reviews
"clydesdale horses"
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"gentle giants"
in 5 reviews
"tour guides were very knowledgeable"
in 4 reviews
"beer samples at the end"
in 3 reviews
"central missouri"
in 5 reviews
"grant's farm"
in 12 reviews
"love horses"
in 4 reviews
"famous clydesdales"
in 6 reviews
"beautiful facility"
in 5 reviews
"photo opportunity"
in 3 reviews
"beautiful animals"
in 5 reviews
"day trip"
in 8 reviews
"great photo ops"
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Really nice tour of the breeding facility of the Anhueser-Busch Clydesdales. They usually have baby Clydesdales to interact with and tell stories of the horses who are in the commercials. Really nice tour-for everyone!

3  Thank 158JulieB
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We drove all the ways to Boonville from St. Louis on the Fourth of July for the VIP tour. My review is of this tour, but there is also a regular tour that runs daily that is shorter but also looked very good.

First this is a working breeding ranch. This is a guest opportunity to step into the real life day to day of the Budweiser Clydesdales and their caretakers and trainers.

I was surprised at how nondescript the entry of this facility was. It's only five minutes off the interstate but there are no signs or marketing billboards for it's existence. You drive up to a gated and secured entry which has a teeny sign that tours will start a few minutes before their appointed time so wait until then.

If you want to eat before your tour, either stop in Columbia on your way or you have to go past to Boonville. There is not a fancy snack bar or anything at the ranch (remember it's a working facility).

We arrived a few minutes before our VIP tour. There is one ViP tour a day on each day the ranch is open, at 1 PM. We were met on a four wheeler by Erica who opened the gate and had us follow her down the winding road towards the barn. We could glimpse some of the magnificent Clydesdales at this point but little did we know how close we would get!

We were welcomed warmly by everyone. We were the only outsiders on the farm at this point, got our hat and wristband, paid for our tour, and got ready to go. The VIP tour is $500 and just FYI this is the only Budweiser facility that doesn't take Amex, but the reservations hotline did not know that,

Back outside, we hopped aboard our own hay ride behind a John Deere, with Erica as our tour guide and one of the trainers John wasour driver, She was really fabulous, and admitted about halfway through that it was her first VIP tour solo, but we sure didnt know it. See answered so many questions about the ranch and the horses, the staff, the routines, just everything.

On the tractor, we went in and out of each pasture, which had different combinations of mares or mares/foals in each one. The first was young mares who had not had a baby yet. They strolled up to the wagon very interested, and of course we got our first experience petting them. They were very interested in the hay bales we were sitting on! The second pasture was mares who are pregnant, and these were equally happy to greet us and let us scratch their ears or foreheads. One kind of laid his whole head on my shoulder and she let me reach under her and scratch the other side of her head.

The last pasture was the mares with the little foals around three months. They also came up to the wagon and one silly one couldn't figure out how to get his head out of the rails! We learned that they don't hand feed any Clydesdale because they are in public so much that they don't want the animal to learn that hands = food.

Then back to the area of the barn where we walked throughout, past each stallion stall, and watched Duke get a thorough vacuuming, which he enjoyed! At this point we also met John Soto, who is the farm manager and the inspiration for this years' Super Bowl commerical. He is the nicest and most down to earth guy you could ever meet,

One of the best parts was meeting the mommas and the new babies (under a month old) who were still in the barn. Wewere able to rub their heads and itch their ears. The final part was a great photo with Duke in front of one of the Budweiser wagons.

All in all an amazing experience that I would highly recommend!

4  Thank wrensaver
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

If you in the area this is a great place to check out. We called but wasn't able to get in, We stopped in the Boonville Visitor Center and they called and they was able to take two more. We're so happy we got to see this place, if you have kids they'll love it.

1  Thank 541cloran
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

My wife booked this tour because see loves the Clydesdales horses. This is one of the three farms were you can book a tour. We arrived about a half a hour before the start of the 10:00 am tour. The guide arrived 20 minutes before the tour at the gate to let us and 60 other guest to the farm. The facility is magnificent, very clean and well groomed in all aspects. The horses were beautiful, and so big up close, there was enough time to make foto's up close. The tour guides were very informative, and welcomed all questions. This facility is for breeding only. You will get 2 free Budweiser at the end as well.

6  Thank EdwinOM
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