Battle of the corporate steeds

October 31, 2013: 7:18 AM ET

It's a team rivalry of a different color: The Budweiser Clydesdales vs. Wells Fargo's stagecoach horses.

By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter

FORTUNE -- The Budweiser Clydesdales are iconic. They're featured in ads during most Super Bowls, and they have a stable outside the St. Louis brewery. But banking giant Wells Fargo has been beefing up its horse supply to pull stagecoaches that travel the country, visiting parades and community events with public figures like Rahm Emanuel. So, which company's horse biz is king?

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Winner: Wells Fargo, by a nose

It's a close one, and if you're going by renown and recognition, Anheuser-Busch's (BUD) Clydesdales win by a mile. But today it looks as if Wells Fargo (WFC) is investing more overall in its fleet. Wells has more horses leading its wagons to more events, and the company has used horses for a longer time. In this battle, bank beats beer. Giddyup!

This story is from the November 18, 2013 issue of Fortune.

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