#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.
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.
Living Legends would like to the MRC Foundation for their continued support.
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.
Living Legends has launched its second annual Horses’ Birthday giving day as 1994 Caulfield Cup winner Paris Lane celebrates his 30th birthday. Now sharing a paddock with one of the youngest residents in Tom Melbourne (turning 10), Paris Lane is the oldest horse at Living Legends, followed by Rogan Josh at 29.
In a year that has seen past champions Might And Power and Chief De Beers pass away as well as the devastating effects of COVID-19, CEO & Veterinary Director Dr Andrew Clarke said there’s never been a more important time to ask the community for support.
“There’s no doubt we’re doing it tough this year, like many people and many charities are. We’ve lost at least six months worth of tour and event bookings, we made all the changes to recover from COVID and then the second wave came. It’s been a really tough year, but we’re determined to look to the future, work hard and raise the necessary funds so we can keep going and continue our community work.”
“Today’s Horses’ Birthday fundraiser is an important part of that process, to help us weather the storm and come out stronger so we can continue to share the joy of horses with people of all ages and all abilities,” Dr Clarke said.
The Horses’ Birthday giving day is being held in conjunction with Sportsbet, with all donations made today to be matched. Last year’s event raised over $91,000 for Living Legends, and with giving off to a flying start the target for 2020 is to raise $80,000 by the end of today.
The 26 Living Legends in residence have been divided into six teams, with supporters being asked to donate to their favourite team. That includes a Melbourne Cup team captained by Efficient, a lucky placegetters’ team captained by Tom Melbourne, and a team of Hong Kong Horse Of The Year winners captained by Silent Witness.
More information and team lists are located on the Horses’ Birthday campaign site here.
Living Legends is proud to be part of Open House Melbourne 2020, and on 25 and 26 July we will share the history and stories of Woodlands Homestead in celebration of our historic home.
Woodlands Homestead at Woodlands Historic Park, the home of Living Legends, is a unique and treasured part of Victoria’s heritage. One of the only remaining timber kit homes in Victoria, it was brought from Britain for retired Royal Navy Officer William Greene and his family in 1843.
For the 2020 Open House Melbourne program, we’re breaking convention in unconventional times and adopting new ways to stay connected, think, explore and encourage change. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we can’t welcome guests inside the Homestead, but that won’t stop us from sharing it with you.
With support from Hume City Council, we have a wonderful 5-minute video tour of Woodlands Homestead to share, exploring the history of the home and its surrounding outbuildings. We also have two podcasts delving deeper into the stories of the families who called Woodlands home in the 19th and 20th centuries, and a Facebook Live Q&A with Dr Andrew Clarke available to answer questions from the public.
Schedule of activities
Saturday 25 July from 8am
Open House Melbourne 2020 begins! All tours and information available on the Open House Melbourne website, including Woodlands Homestead virtual tour and podcasts.
Saturday 25 July @ 2pm on Facebook
Woodlands Homestead Q&A with Dr Andrew Clarke live on Facebook here. All content will be available through Open House Melbourne until the end of Sunday 26 July, then posted to this website thereafter.
About Open House Melbourne
Open House Melbourne is an independent organisation that fosters public appreciation for architecture and public engagement in the future of our city. The thirteenth Open House Melbourne will present the largest collection of virtual tours in Australia, and an unrivalled program of free, live, interactive and on-demand digital content—in keeping with the true spirit of Open House Melbourne.
If 2020 has made one thing clear it’s that we’re in uncharted territory.
From harrowing Summer bushfires and the global climate emergency, to the impacts of Covid-19 shutdowns, we’ve been thrust into reconsidering how Melbourne’s built environment has been shaped—for the better and for the worse—through major moments in our past, present and soon to be future.
We are looking down the barrel of cultural, economic, technological and social disruption. We are at a tipping point of true change, and to succeed we must do things differently than we have before. Now is the time to look at things from another angle—to seek out new doors to open when the ones we’ve always known close. Now is the time to throw out old ways of doing and thinking; to take charge of our futures and build on what has come before to go where we haven’t been yet—together.
Former police horse and Doomben champion Chief De Beers has passed away peacefully at the age of 28, just days after being presented with a prestigious Blue Cross Medal for his service to the community. It follows a long illness that was first treated five years ago and had recently required ongoing treatment before he was euthanised late today.
CEO & Veterinary Director, Dr Andrew Clarke, said the much-loved Chief will be remembered fondly for not only his incredible racing story but his enormous impact on people and the community.
“Chief was only small in stature but he was big on attitude and spark and kept us laughing right until the end. He will be sorely missed at Living Legends and his unique achievements as a champion both on and off the track will be his lasting legacy,” Dr Clarke said.
Trained by Bill Calder, Chief De Beers had an extraordinary career with 20 wins from 51 starts, remarkably all at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse. He earned prizemoney on 42 occasions and was placed in Group company at five other tracks around Australia (Eagle Farm, Gold Coast, Caulfield, Flemington and Moonee Valley) but couldn’t win. At Doomben he was unbeatable, winning two Doomben 10,000s and nine other feature races at the track in the mid to late 1990s.
Chief De Beers was recruited by Queensland Police on retirement from racing in July 1999. He had a long and distinguished career including serving as the designated Governor’s police horse as well as search and rescue missions, assisting during bushfires and crowd control. He was inducted into the Doomben Hall of Fame while still a serving troop horse, before being retired to Living Legends in December 2012.
This year he was selected for a Blue Cross Medal by the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO) in conjunction with the Blue Cross Fund (UK). This rare and prestigious honour dates back to the 1900s and is bestowed upon animals in service to acknowledge their loyalty serving alongside their human comrades.
“It’s wonderful that Chief De Beers has received such deserved recognition as the recipient of the 2020 Blue Cross Australia/New Zealand Award. In addition to his extraordinary contribution as a police horse, ‘life after life after racing’ saw Chief become a very popular racing ambassador with fans of all ages from primary school students to residents at seniors’ homes. He encapsulated what Living Legends is all about and it is a very fitting honour,” Dr Clarke said.
“We extend our sincere condolences to his owners, the Greenup and Chapman families, his long-time companion Queensland Police Officer Belinda Worthington, and our team members who cared for him so lovingly every day,” Dr Clarke said.
Chief De Beers will be cremated and laid to rest in the memorial garden at Living Legends alongside past champions including Might And Power, Better Loosen Up and Doriemus.
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8 May 2020
The late Might And Power will be honoured next Tuesday with a final “Lap Of Honour” before being laid to rest at Living Legends. As a tribute to his incredible career which included winning the Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate, his ashes will be escorted to Caulfield, Flemington and Moonee Valley before he rejoins his old mates Doriemus and Better Loosen Up in an expanded memorial garden at Living Legends.
Our friends at Racing.com will broadcast a video package of the proceedings, and the public are invited to participate virtually by leaving a tribute online or making a donation to be part of creating ‘Bob’s Rainbow’ at his final resting place.
Might And Power (aka Bob) passed away in the early hours of 12 April 2020, succumbing to a bout of colic at the age of 26. Widely considered one of the greatest racehorses Australia has ever seen, he was very much the people’s horse during his career and this continued for nearly 13 years as the “Lord Mayor” of Living Legends with countless appearances at racedays, city parades, schools and hospitals.
CEO and Veterinary Director, Dr Andrew Clarke, said great care and planning had been undertaken to give Bob a fitting farewell that the public could feel part of, even during COVID-19 restrictions.
“Bob was a once-in-a-lifetime horse and we want to give him a farewell like no other. We’re incredibly grateful to the Melbourne Racing Club, Victoria Racing Club and the Moonee Valley Racing Club for embracing this opportunity to celebrate the career of Might And Power.”
“Since the huge outpouring of grief and love that we saw in the wake of his passing, we’ve been working behind the scenes to expand and rebuild our memorial garden in time to welcome our champ to his forever home and give the public a chance to be part of his legacy,” Dr Clarke said.
That legacy will come in the form of a rainbow bridge, beside which Might And Power will be buried, and his fans are invited to add their own drop of colour to the rainbow by donating to the memorial garden fund, or by leaving a written tribute.
“We invite fans of Might And Power to be part of this celebration of his life, by leaving their online tribute in reflection. For those who wish to donate, we’re offering the chance to select a colour of the rainbow to hang on our lovelock bridge and be part of Bob’s Rainbow forever,” Dr Clarke said.
The website for donations and tributes is: https://www.charidy.com/bobsrainbow
Each coloured piece will be individually numbered for each donor, and fans can find their numbered piece on the rainbow bridge when they visit, post COVID-19 restrictions.
If the fundraising campaign is successful, monies raised will also support the establishment of a Might And Power gazebo in the near future – a place for all visitors to enjoy, with wheelchair access and seating areas for reflection.
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12 April 2020
It is with the deepest sadness that we advise that one of the all-time greats of Australian racing, Might And Power, has passed away at the age of 26.
Late yesterday afternoon he was diagnosed with colic and rushed to Werribee Equine Centre for emergency surgery, but was unable to be saved.
CEO & Veterinary Director, Dr Andrew Clarke, said he and the team were completely heartbroken to lose this very special once-in-a-lifetime horse.
“I am incredibly sad to have to let you know that Might and Power was euthanised in the early hours of this morning,” Dr Clarke said.
“Our hearts are with owner Nick Moraitis and Bob’s many fans, and also to our wonderful staff who cared for him every day. Living Legends will never be the same without our treasured Might And Power.”
“A special thank you to Werribee Equine Centre for their efforts to save his life,” he said.
Might And Power retired in 1999 as a rare winner of the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate treble, and was one of the longest standing and most popular residents at Living Legends.
Might and Power (foaled 1993) was New Zealand bred, but Australian owned and trained and named Australian Horse of the Year in 1998 and 1999.
Might and Power was rated the world’s best stayer when in 1997 as a four-year-old he won the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup double.
A free striding, front running style of racing made Might and Power an exciting racehorse and endeared him to racing fans across the nation. Might and Power broke course records in winning the Caulfield Cup, the Doomben Cup, and the Cox Plate, and won a number of races by big margins.
Might and Power demoralised and demolished his opponents. Said Les Carlyon: “The horse is a champion in the old fashioned sense of the word, a freak. He does things others can’t do”.
Might and Power had the speed to open up an early lead in a race, and the stamina to maintain it in the middle and closing stages. In the 1997 Caulfield Cup, jockey Jim Cassidy took him to the front at the outset, made the pace for the whole race, and finished seven and a half lengths in front of the second horse, in a record time of 2 min. 26.2 sec. The rest of the field was headed by the 1995 winner Doriemus. Lee Freedman called it “The most amazing race I have ever seen”.
Despite a 3.5 kg penalty in the 1997 Melbourne Cup, Cassidy employed the same tactics, and brought Might and Power home a winner by a short half head from Doriemus. At the end of 1997, Might and Power was named World Champion Stayer.
In the autumn of 1998, Might and Power again exerted his dominance with a crushing 10 ½ length victory in the AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He broke the course record in winning the Doomben Cup.
In the spring of 1998 he destroyed a crack field in Australia’s weight-for-age championship, the W.S. Cox Plate, taking a full two seconds off the course record set the previous year by Saintly. He became only the second horse, after Rising Fast in 1954, to win both Cups and the Cox Plate, and the first reigning Melbourne Cup winner since Phar Lap in 1931 to win the Cox Plate.
Might and Power won 15 of his 33 race starts and $5,226,286 in prize money.
Might and Power was retired after suffering a tendon Injury in 1999. He was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2002.
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11 April 2020
Newly-retired Tom Melbourne has arrived safely at his new home, becoming the 28th current resident at Living Legends in Greenvale.
Arriving by float this morning after crossing the Nullarbor from Perth, he joins some of Australia’s most treasured champions, including Might And Power, Apache Cat, Efficient, Zipping and Who Shot Thebarman.
OTI Managing Owner, Terry Henderson, said it was an obvious choice to send the much-adored Tom Melbourne to live out his retirement at Living Legends.
“I’ve no doubt Tom will relish the surroundings at his new home, a magnificent facility that enables champions to be admired long after they’ve run their last race. While Tom’s feats on the track may not match the winning feats of his new friends, he’ll certainly be the champion second place-getter on the property,” Mr Henderson said.
The Irish-bred 9yo gelding Tom Melbourne enjoyed a celebrated career amassing just under $1.5 million in prizemoney and was retired last Saturday after 51 starts, his first in Ireland and his final two in Perth.
His biggest victory came in the Albury Gold Cup (2000m), but he was most famous for consistently placing second – on 14 separate occasions including the Group 1 Epsom Handicap and the Group 1 Kennedy Mile – and earned him the love of the racing public.
CEO & Veterinary Director, Dr Andrew Clarke, said it was an honour to welcome Tom Melbourne to Living Legends.
“Tom Melbourne has captured the hearts of the Australian racing public and so it’s only fitting that people will be able to visit him in his retirement at Living Legends. Our horses are all unique with their own stories and personalities and Tom will certainly add to that mix in the best way possible.”
“We’ll let him settle in for a few days before pairing him up with a paddock mate. He’s in good hands with our team who remain dedicated to the care of our horses during the current COVID-19 restrictions. While we can’t operate fully at present in terms of being a tourism destination, the silver lining is that the horses are enjoying even more attention than ever from their carers and we’re sure that Tom will really enjoy that,” Dr Clarke said.
Living Legends was established in 2006 as the International Home Of Rest for Champion Horses, as an organisation promoting the life, care and well-being of horses after racing and a public museum for horse racing memorabilia, on a site that once was home to 19th century race meetings and is one of the most historic thoroughbred properties in the southern hemisphere. Now, 13 years on, Living Legends is the only public rest home for racehorses in Australia, and has become a much-loved attraction for people of all ages within the racing community, the public and local and international tourists.
The popularity of Living Legends was recently acknowledged with the 2019 RACV People’s Choice Award for Best Tourism Experience or Service.
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29 November 2019
The people of Victoria have voted, and Living Legends is the winner of the 2019 RACV People’s Choice Award for Best Tourism Experience or Service.
More than 11,000 votes were cast for over 60 Victorian venues, with Living Legends announced as the winner at a gala ceremony in Melbourne last night.
It is the first time Living Legends has won a prestigious RACV Tourism Award, and CEO and Veterinary Director, Dr Andrew Clarke, paid credit to his team at Woodlands Park and the extended Living Legends family.
“It’s been a legendary team effort to grow and develop Living Legends into the treasured place it is today, from Annie’s famous scones in the Black Caviar Cafe to our 25 retired racehorses including the likes of Might And Power and Aache Cat who are available to the public 364 days a year. We’d like to sincerely thank our staff, sponsors, visitors and donors for supporting us along the way.”
“We were in a very strong field and on debut, and it feels like we’ve won the Melbourne Cup of Tourism. We are proud and humbled to receive this honour,” Dr Clarke said.
In addition to taking out the People’s Choice Award, Living Legends was also acknowledged as one of five finalists in the Cultural Tourism category of the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards. This recognition comes just two weeks after being announced as the winner of the Tourism category at the 2019 Hume Business Awards, run by Hume City Council.
Living Legends is the only public rest home for racehorses in Australia, and has become a much-loved attraction for people of all ages within the racing community, the public and local and international tourists. There are currently five Melbourne Cup winners who call Living Legends home, and next week will see the arrival of two new residents at Living Legends – 2016 Melbourne Cup winner ALMANDIN and 2013 Caulfield Cup winner FAWKNER.
Living Legends was established in 2006 as the International Home Of Rest for Champion Horses and a public museum for horse racing memorabilia, on a site that once was home to 19th century race meetings and is one of the most historic thoroughbred properties in the southern hemisphere. Now, 13 years on, Living Legends is unique in Australia and has evolved into a treasured destination where the public experience the joy of interacting with retired champion racehorses surrounded by native bushland, wildlife and a deep connection with Australian history.
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