Manternach sees the country as Busch Clydesdale handler

Josh Manternach is seen here walking along the West Coast Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale team in the 2019 Rose Bowl Parade in California. This is just one of the many perks to the job. (Photo courtesy of Dianna Radermacher Forever West Photography)

Manternach has been working with the Clydesdale team since April 2018. It all started when the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales made an appearance at the GJCF. Aside from his full-time traveling job, Manternach also has his trucking business back home in Monticello, Manternach Trucking, LLC. (Photo submitted)
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     Who would ever imagine a passion for raising and riding horses would lead to a job traveling with the famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales?

     Josh Manternach, XX, of Monticello grew up riding horses since he was 10 years old.

     About nine months ago, Manternach started working as a Clydesdale handler, traveling across the country for various functions and events that showcase the magnificent horses.

     Manternach met some of the handlers the last time the Clydesdales made an appearance at the Great Jones County Fair. He got to know them and looked into what it would take to become a handler himself.

     So when an opening came up, Manternach was contacted by one of his friends who urged him to apply.

     “I applied at just like anyone else does for a position,” he said.

     Once Manternach was accepted, he earned a spot with the company’s West Coast team based out of Fort Collins, Colo.

     While he grew up around horses, Manternach he really didn’t have much of a background or experience around Clydesdales until four years ago.

     “I started helping a show hitch travel the Midwest, showing in the summer time,” he shared.

     Aside from experience, Anheuser-Busch also looks for driving experience in their team members. Manternach has held a Class A CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) for 12 years now. He also owns his own trucking company, Manternach Trucking, LLC, which has been in operation for the past three years.

     “This job is a traveling job,” explained Manternach. “I do not work from Iowa.”

     Every Monday, he said he’s packing up for the next trip to their next destination for an entire week.

     “The only time we’re considered ‘home’ is when we are at the Fort Collins stables,” said Manternach. “Pretty much you can find the West Coast hitch somewhere west of the Mississippi (River). That’s out area.”

     The hitch crew includes seven handlers who travel with the Clydesdales. They take three semi trucks along for every trip, one van, 10 Clydesdales, and the ever-adorable two Anheuser-Busch Dalmatians.

     “We share all of the jobs from driving the semi to washing the horses to clipping and walking them for exercise,” Manternach said. In addition, there’s cleaning the stalls, feeding the horses and dogs, and cleaning the harnesses.

     One of Manternach’s team members has been with the company for 30 years.

     This is a full-time job for Manternach, and it also comes with several perks.

     “This job has a lot of neat perks to it,” she said.

     In October, Manternach got the privilege of attending the Major League Baseball World Series Championship game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. (Spoiler alert: the Red Sox won.)

     Manternach’s Clydesdale team was showcased in the 2019 Super Bowl commercial for Anheuser-Busch.

     He also got to attend the 2019 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

     “Those are some of the big things,” recalled Manternach. “But then you also have rodeos, fairs, and festivals.

     “You meet lots of people along the way and they all give you insight on the things to see or do,” added Manternach of exploring the various locations they travel to.

     His travels with the job have allowed him to take in Yellow Stone National Park, the Grand Canyon, and Hoover Dam.

     While he’s traveling the country, Manternach’s parents (Keith and Carla Manternach) keep Manternach Trucking, LLC in business.

     “It still runs on a daily basis thanks to me parents and several family members,” he said. “Between this job and me business back home, I keep pretty busy out on the road.”



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