Vale Super Impressive

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.

Health scare for Apache Cat

via Racing.com News Hub

Champion sprinter Apache Cat is set to undergo treatment for eye cancer.

The eight-time Group 1 winner is set to have radiation treatment later this month, with Living Legends CEO Dr Andrew Clarke saying he was confident of a positive outcome.

“On the 23rd they will scrape off as much of the (Cancerous) tissue as they can and they … (will do) radiation treatment,” Dr Clarke told RSN.

“It only goes 2mm deep. So he will have the radiation treatment on it and the prognosis is very good, but … you’ve still got to be nervous about these types of things.

“The good thing is we have got onto it early.”

Dr Clarke said he had started to get concerned about Apache Cat’s eye in November last year.

“Pache has always had a little bit of conjunctivitis in summer. Back in late November he had a little bit of what looked to be conjunctivitis and I had a look and I just wasn’t happy, there was a little angry spot in there,” he said.

“We had a couple of visits to Andrew (Turner, an eye specialist) and about three weeks ago we had to take Pache and have a biopsy done.

“It is the typical sort of sun type tumour you get on your skin. It’s very rare in the position (on Apache Cat).”

This Could be You!

Tegan Abercrombie and son Tyler visited Living Legends this week along with this year’s ASM Trophy.

Teagan won $250,000 last year when Regal Power won the All Star Mile Race.

Full details are in the attached link to article in the Herald Sun: 

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/superracing/vic-racing/how-winning-250000-in-the-allstar-mile-changed-single-mum-tegan-abercrombies-life/news-story/d48ee92ee58c5475ab2969f1f63f4995.

Arcadia Queen is a stable mate of Regal Power, last year’s winner. Also important to note that Arcadia Queen is the favourite for this year’s running of the All Star Mile.

A vote for Arcadia Queen helps raise funds for Living Legends and also gives you the chance to be selected as her ambassador and in line for a share of $500,000,  $250,000 if she wins.

For your chance at the $500,000 prize pool, vote by February 14 at allstarmile.com.au

Living Legends calls on voters to help win $10,000

Living Legends, the international home of retired champion racehorses, is calling on racehorse lovers and supporters everywhere to vote in this year’s All-Star Mile and help it secure a $10,000 donation.

The All-Star Mile is the only horse race in Australia where the public chooses the field through online voting. The top ten horses from Australia and New Zealand will be granted a start in the race.

Living Legends has partnered with multiple Group 1 winning mare Arcadia Queen, and if she receives enough votes to secure a start, owner Bob Peters will make a $10,000 donation to the not-for-profit organization.

Living Legends CEO and Veterinary Director, Dr Andrew Clarke, said this is an easy way for fans and supporters to give the organization a real financial boost.

“As a charitable organization, every dollar we receive makes such a difference. I encourage
everyone who has visited Living Legends, seen us on social media, or met our Legends at the races, to get on board and vote as soon as they can.

“We are excited to get behind Arcadia Queen in the big race and grateful to Bob Peters for his generous offer. Now we need the public’s help to make it happen, Dr Clarke said. Everyone who votes in the All-Star Mile is eligible to share in $500,000 as one of the All-Star Mile owner ambassadors.”

A vote for Arcadia Queen means a chance for all of us to win. Jump online now,” Dr Clarke said.

To vote visit www.allstarmmile.com.au and click VOTE NOW. Polls close on Sunday, 14 February 2021.

Living Legends is the only public rest home for racehorses in Australia and was established to nurture the deep connection between the community and our racehorse champions and promote life after racing for all horses.

Living Legends provides the perfect setting for people of every age to mix and mingle, get up close and personal, and really come to know these former champions.

Media enquiries: Dr Andrew Clarke 0407 551 289

Summer at Living Legends

We are very excited to be open for more visitors over the summer and school holiday period. Our horses have been missing the tour groups and the special treats of carrots that they bring. 

We continue to receive great support from Hume City Council with the addition of new tables, chairs and umbrellas as we open up our outdoor dining opportunities for visitors to enjoy Devonshire Teas with Annie’s famous scones or a light meal with our enhanced menu.

We will be offering tractor powered farm tours in the next month, which will add to the experience for our young visitors, and a new electric, eight-seater golf buggy, donated by Godolphin, is due to be delivered before Christmas. This will ensure greater accessibility for our visitors with mobility challenges so they can enjoy the full range of experiences at Living Legends.  

New look Living Legends

Last month Living Legends was pleased to launch a brand new, user-friendly website, complete with a new logo that represents everything our organisation is about.

Living Legends was established to nurture the deep connection between the community and our racehorse champions and promote life after racing for all horses. We worked closely with graphic designers to create an image that communicates that connection, and we love the outcome.

The dark silhouette of the horse, contrasted with the light silhouette of the person, beautifully captures the touching scenes we see here everyday when our visitors meet our champions. 

The hand on the horse’s shoulder highlights our commitment to giving people the opportunity to get up close to and interact with our horses. For people, especially children, who can feel nervous patting a horse on the head, a touch to the shoulder or neck enables them to make that connection. 

It embodies the cornerstone of our work, and we are so happy to make it the official image of our organisation.

Our website had a major overhaul and is now an engaging and accessible platform filled with all the information our public wants to know. Read about the work we do with the Legends in our Learn with Legends, Learn from Legends and Legends Under Saddle programs. 

We have details about the Woodlands Homestead, Woodlands Park, the Heritage Gardens, the Black Caviar Café, and how you can arrange your next function with us.

Most importantly, we have profile pages for each of our Legends, past and present, that includes their racing career highlights; what they are up to now; and what their quirky personality traits are. 

You can also use the website to donate to our cause – it is as simple as a click of the button.

The new website is now live and waiting for you.

Lexus Legends Parade on home soil

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the annual Melbourne Cup Parade on Swanston Street, but we weren’t about to let the tradition pass us by.

On Monday, 2 November the inaugural Lexus Legends Parade was held at our home in Greenvale. On a glorious spring day, five former Melbourne Cup winners – Brew, Almandin, Prince of Penzance, Rogan Josh and Efficient – prettied up and paraded around our magnificent rose garden in front of the Woodlands Homestead. The event was live streamed over Facebook, giving our fans in lockdown and overseas the chance to witness the wonderful event. 

Those who came to the event were treated to photo opportunities with the champions, feeding them carrots and posing with the Prince of Penzance replica Melbourne Cup trophy.

It was a fantastic celebration for everyone involved, including the horses, who loved the opportunity to dress up and meet the crowds – something they have greatly missed over the year.

Having had such success, we are now looking to make it an annual event. Stay tuned to our website and newsletter for more on that in 2021.

Alligator Blood – Golden Eagle Day 2020

Wishing Alligator Blood all the very best today for the Golden Eagle Day!

There is $7.5m in prize money to be won with $750,000 donated to the winning owners’ charities of choice. A BIG thank you again to Racing NSW for this opportunity along with Allan and co-owners Aunty Robyn and Uncle Jeff for nominating Living Legends as their charity.

We are all cheering you on Alligator Blood! As a not for profit the prospect of this sizeable donation is incredible.

Lexus Living Legends Parade

We look forward to you joining us live for the Lexus Legends Parade.

Through their victories at the track, these horses touched the hearts of millions, and became household names.

At Living Legends, our retirees continue their inspirational work in a whole new way. Living Legends was established to nurture the deep connection between the community and our racehorse champions and promote life after racing for all horses.

Be sure to tune in LIVE to meet these Melbourne Cup winning legends thanks to Lexus. See your favourite Living Legends on parade and enjoy a special Q&A with our CEO Dr. Andrew Clarke.

Register your interest by clicking on the Facebook event below to be notified when we go live: