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Hope was name chosen for baby Clydesdale

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By Tim O'Brien
Posted Feb 5, 2013 in Entertainment
Fan interaction is becoming more and more popular while watching many shows - especially the Super Bowl. On that note, Hope is the name for the baby Clydesdale featured in one ad during the game.
Last week Budweiser asked its Facebook fans and Twitter followers to send along naming suggestions. More than 60,000 tweets, Facebook comments, calls and direct messages; came in, indicated an Anheuser-Busch in a press release. They added, Hope was one of the more popular female names generated through the social media crowd-sourcing.
"We were overwhelmed with the response we got," said Lori Shambro, brand director for Budweiser. "Budweiser fans suggested a lot of great names, and it was a tough decision, but we landed on Hope as the perfect name for this friendly, slightly feisty and just perfect Budweiser Clydesdale mare."
After reading that one could suffice that Hope did not necessarily get the most votes, but it fit the bill. "Many of our fans wanted a name to reflect their optimism and spirit, which the name Hope encapsulates beautifully," added Shambro.
"Hope's mother is a mare named Darla, and her father is a stallion named Perfection, said John Soto, supervisor of Warm Springs Ranch. For a story before the game aired, head here.
Besides Hope, it was explained how they name the others at the ranch. "We often name our foals using the same first letter as the name of the mother," said Jeff Knapper, general manager of Clydesdale operations.
Other names that were under consideration included Landslide, Buddy, Star, Raven, Spirit and Stevie. "Landslide" was the Fleetwood Mac song used in the commercial.
In another sidebar to the game, there is buzz right now concerning next year's halftime show. Will it be too cold to have one? Well, it is in New Jersey and the game is outdoors, so the discussion takes place. Meanwhile, PETA has voiced their concern over Beyonce's attire, not song choice.

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