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:

2020 Caulfield Cup

Legendary Caulfield Cup winners 30 year young Paris Lane(1994) and 13 year old Fawkner(2013) with model Dani Shreeve and the 2020 trophy at Living Legends before tomorrow’s big race, frontpage in today’s Herald Sun.

📷 by David Caird

Pasture Care from Neutrog

#TomMelbourne has been seeing a lot of action recently in the paddocks at Living Legends as pastures are aerated, fertilized with #RapidRaiser, conditioned with #GoGoJuice and oversown with a mixture of 1kg of pasture seed to 20kg sand using the fertilizer spreader. Aeration to prevent soil compaction and provide better penetration of water and fertilizer deeper into the soil. Great job by Rachel and volunteer Neville with big shout Neutrog for their advice and donation of #RapidRaiser and #GoGoJuice#lovethehorse with #bettersoil #betterpastures.

MRC Foundation Raffle, supporting Living Legends

Each September we always look forward to being part of the MRC Foundation Raceday at Caulfield. It’s an important fundraiser for us and a great chance to get out and meet the racing community, and while it’s not going ahead with crowds this year there’s another great opportunity for charity partners like us.

Rather than raising money through attendance and hospitality, the MRC Foundation has launched a raffle for charity, and proceeds from the raffle will support Living Legends and a number of other charities.

All donations made to MRC Foundation in the lead up to and on the race day will be donated to all participating charities. Virtual tickets to the race day can be purchased through the MRC Foundation Raffle for $10 per ticket, and purchasers can select Living Legends as the charity of choice at checkout.

Over $7,000 in prizes are up for grabs, including diamond earrings worth $2,500 from Catanach’s Jewellers, a ‘return to racing’ Black Caviar Dining package, Godolphin Jockey silks signed by James Cummings, a 2 x pack of V16 Meshach & Shadrach, Vittoria Coffee Machine Gift Pack and a Treasury Wines Pack.

Raffle tickets are available to purchase here.

Living Legends would like to the MRC Foundation for their continued support.

Living Legends celebrates a much-needed boost on the Horses’ Birthday

Living Legends has received a six-figure boost following its second annual Horses’ Birthday fundraiser, with matched donations passing the $100,000 mark.

The funding comes at a crucial time for the charitable organisation, which is feeling the financial impact of the double wave of COVID-19 restrictions.

CEO & Veterinary Director, Dr Andrew Clarke, said fundraising can be challenging even in good times, but the idea of asking the public for help this year was a daunting one.

“We were nervous about running a fundraiser in a pandemic, when we know it’s not just us struggling, it’s everyone. But in the end we had to try, because we know we need to do everything we can to ensure Living Legends stays strong beyond this current crisis,” Dr Clarke said.

In 2019, the Horses’ Birthday campaign raised over $91,000 and Living Legends set this year’s target at $80,000. 

“Once we hit our initial target the donations kept on coming, and we’re proud and humbled to have raised over $100,000. The support we’ve received in the last few days demonstrates just how treasured our Living Legends are, and what our work means to the community.” 

“A huge thank you to everyone who gave, no matter how small or large, everyone who tuned in and wished our boys a happy birthday live on Facebook, and everyone who simply shared the campaign if donating was not an option.”

“We’d also like to make special mention of our matching supporters – Sportsbet and 4CYTE – along with Racing.com and Moonee Valley Racing Club for the awareness raised through Saturday’s raceday and broadcast. It would not have happened without a huge team effort and this amazing result will help us weather the current storm and come out stronger,” Dr Clarke said.

View the campaign results here.