June has been designated as #LoveTheHorse month – a special month where we are focusing on our legends, their personalities and their community contributions in retirement.
However, it is fair to say that our collective #LoveTheHorse hearts were broken last Friday with the passing of Super Impressive, aka Super. It is hard to say goodbye.
Super was a journeyman racehorse. He had 11 victories from 50 life time starts, including two Standish Handicaps at Flemington.
In life after racing, Super complete a decade long stellar career in the Victorian Police Mounted Branch. During his early days there, his trainer described him as, “without a doubt my heart horse. He arrived at the Mounted Branch and quickly became one of my best friends.”
“Friendly and kind” best describe Super in his life after life after racing at Living Legends. He was a gentle giant, a crowd pleaser, a people’s horse, and a children’s horse.
Super was in many ways the epitome of Living Legends’ role to nurture the deep connection between people and horses. This was especially the case for people who were a little nervous around horses and needed to gain confidence, such as school children on excursions, or senior visitors and wheelchair users. Super’s gentle ways would always win them over.
Super was an inaugural member of our Legends Under saddle Program and our Learning with Legends team. He was a go to horse for less experienced veterinary students on placement when we wanted to hone their horse handling skills.
For Super it was a life lived to its fullest. He brought so much joy to all he met at Living Legends and was pivotal in establishing our community work through Legends Under Saddle, our Young Riders and our Learning with Legends programs.
Vale Super, you will be much missed.