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La Grange couple wins a Derby party visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales

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By Amanda Manning

Two La Grange residents are throwing the Derby party of the year this Saturday.  

Rob and Carol Ann Hunter, who have hosted a Kentucky Derby party at their 200-acre farm in La Grange for the past 28 years, will have eight famous four-legged guests this year.

With the help of their marketing director Meghan Brakmeier, and a close friend, the couple won a Derby day visit from the world renowned Budweiser Clydesdales. The pair owns Louisville-based Purofirst Disastor Services. 

The beverage company, which was founded just a year after the Kentucky Derby, gave away a Derby party visit to one lucky Kentuckian this year. 

Rob Hunter said his friend saw an article in the Courier Journal about the contest and told him he should enter.

“Mark Haertzen, Rocketman, he called me Monday morning. He said, ‘Rob, they’re having this Derby party contest, you’ve got to try to get this,’” Hunter said. “You all have just got the perfect place.”

Brakmeier then wrote a story about why Budweiser should choose the couple - but all she ended up having to enter was her name. 

“All I did was enter my name and that was it,” she said. “It was literally just the luck of the draw.”

And the rest of history.

“We are so excited. Our friends are saying what a big deal this is just because it’s so unusual to have the Clydesdales come to our party,” Carol Ann Hunter said. “We are honored to have won this.”

Over 300 of the couple’s closest friends, family and co-workers attend their annual party that features betting options, a live band, food and games.

Coincidently, the Budweiser Clydesdales are housed at the Highpointe Farm and Training Center in La Grange – just two miles away from the Hunter’s farm, according to Brakmeier. 

“So that is kind of another meant to be situation,” she said.

Rob Hunter said winning the contest is “a big deal” for them.

“We’re just so blessed to have a lot of friends and we just like sharing. We’ve got a beautiful set up for it.” Rob Hunter said.

“It’s all about the people. People make the party.”

Click here to see where else the Budweiser Clydesdales are making appearances in Louisville this week.