Express Clydesdales make surprise appearance


by Cynthia Price

Muskegon benefited from the Tulip Time Parade when some of the beautiful and massive black and white horses hailing (originally) from Clydesdale, Scotland, took a detour into Muskegon on their way to Holland.

The team was purchased by Bob Funk, co-founder of Express Employment Professionals, who fell in love with them. While they are housed in Yukon, Oklahoma – where visitors come to see them whenever they are not touring – the horses are often on tour to promote Express and raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Express offers job seekers both online and in-person access to available jobs with no fee required from the applicant. Express professionals do interview and assess the potential employee in person so they can represent them well to the potential employer.

Peggy Jacobs, owner of the Muskegon and Holland offices, can be reached at 231-739-6390, and there is a dedicated website available,

Despite the unseasonably rainy and cold weather, a fair-size crowd came out to the Muskegon County Fairgrounds to see the horses, which can weigh as much as a ton each. Though they were unable to give rides, people seemed happy to pay  a small fee (which, again, went to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital) to have their pictures taken with the animals.

Jacobs said that she was especially grateful for the response of the fairgrounds. When Express realized that they were not going to be able to hold the event outdoors as intended, in the parking lot in front of their offices at 1848 E. Sherman Blvd. (by Pizza Ranch and across the street from Applebee’s), Fairgrounds Manager Scott Erdman was most accommodating. She said they pulled together a crew to clean out the entire horse barn on the premises and make sure there was sufficient room for parking.

The horses travel with their own stagecoach. They also each have custom-made leather harnesses (handcrafted in Ohio by the Shanahans) that are individually fitted to each horse.

The Budweiser Clydesdales are possibly more famous, but these horses’  distinctive black and white coat is unusual, with only 10% of the horses in North America of those colors.

You can find out more at or by finding the Express page on Facebook.