‘Cashdales’ in parade
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THE “CASHDALES,” a pair of championship Clydesdale horses that have been purchased for promotional purposes by Check Into Cash, will be included in the MainStreet Cleveland Christmas Parade on Saturday night. The pair are named “Casher” and “Dasher.” Submitted Photo
THE “CASHDALES,” a pair of championship Clydesdale horses that have been purchased for promotional purposes by Check Into Cash, will be included in the MainStreet Cleveland Christmas Parade on Saturday night. The pair are named “Casher” and “Dasher.” Submitted Photo
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A pair of special guests have been added to the lineup of Saturday’s downtown MainStreet Cleveland Christmas Parade.

The “Cashdales from Check Into Cash,” a pair of Clydesdale horses acquired by Check Into Cash, will make their first-ever public appearance on Saturday as part of a test concept for the company.

“The annual Christmas parade is important to the people of Cleveland and has almost grown to rival the Halloween Block Party,” said Steve Scoggins, Check Into Cash president. “We felt there was no better time for the Cashdales to be introduced to the public so that as many people as possible could see these beautiful and exquisite animals.”

Scoggins said the Christmas parade will be the only public appearance this year by the Cashdales who are named “Casher” and “Dasher.” A nationwide tour likely will be launched in early 2012 if the concept proves successful, Scoggins explained.

The horses are two of the eight members of the 2010 World Championship Team and will be included in part of a larger team of Clydesdales that may potentially visit the more than 1,100 Check Into Cash locations.

The horses are black with white stocking markings, which makes them rare among the Clydesale breed since less than 9 percent of the breed carry the mixed colors, Scoggins noted. The horses are an equally matched team at 18.2 hands tall, which is significant because in order to compete the pair must be the same height.

Each horse weighs more than 2,000 pounds. Their shoes are the size of dinner plates and weigh more than 3 pounds each. Most Clydesdales share the common traits of patience and strength, Scoggins said.

Prior to being acquired by Check Into Cash, the two Clydesdales appeared in several prominent parades, including the Tournament of Roses Parade in California and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Their most significant appearance was escorting His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and his wife, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, to a private reception earlier this year.

“These world-class horses were chosen to be the two that were nearest to the Royal couple because of their good nature,” said Allan Jones, founder and CEO of Check Into Cash. “It was important to me that the Cashdales from Check Into Cash were included in the Cleveland Christmas Parade so that everyone could see them. They are a part of history.”

Clydesdales are now regarded as a tall breed, although originally the animals were one of the smaller breeds of draught or “draw” horses. These are horses that are primarily used for heavy hauling or pulling.