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

And the winner is… Living Legends!


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.

Media enquiries: Dr Andrew Clarke 0407 551 289

2017 Hume City Council Business Awards

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Above image (left to right): Cr Drew Jessop, Geoff MacKay (Living Legends Board Member), Dr Andrew Clarke (Living Legends CEO), and Cr Naim Kurt


ANOTHER RARE DOUBLE FOR LIVING LEGENDS!

Retired racehorse home and tourist attraction Living Legends has been recognised with two prestigious awards from the Hume City Council.

Just like the ever-popular ‘Legend’ Might and Power, who achieved the rare Caulfield/Melbourne Cup double in 1997, it was twice the celebration as Living Legends took out the Education and Workplace Learning and Hospitality and Tourism categories at the 2017 Hume City Council Business Awards.

Living Legends CEO, Andrew Clarke, was thrilled to accept the two awards from the Hume City Council.

“We’ve been through a total transformation from our front gate through to an overhaul of all of our marketing over the last two years. It’s extremely rewarding when the investment and hard work pays off with recognition such as this,” he said.

The Hume Business Awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of local businesses and the contribution they have made to the economy and the wider community, through employment opportunities and delivering exceptional products and services.

The international home of rest for champion horses like Might and Power since 2006, Living Legends operates on the heritage-listed Woodlands Historic Homestead and Park, is open 364 days a year and is a registered charity.

The award for Education and Workplace Learning comes after 10 years developing lifelong learning programs from Primary School excursions to agricultural and veterinary students at university level, as well as VET and VCAL work placements, and opportunities for people who are unemployed.

“Living Legends is much more than a place to visit former champions of the turf. Education and training has been a long-term focus for us, and we are incredibly proud to be making a real difference and providing fun and practical experiences for students of all ages,” Dr Clarke said.

Success in the Tourism and Hospitality category comes as a result of a commitment to providing an excellent visitor experience to everyone who visits Living Legends.

With 20 former champion horses available to the public, including winners of five Melbourne Cups, heritage gardens, a historic homestead and large mobs of wild kangaroos to greet guests, the unique venue attracts thousands of visitors each year, from racing fanatics to those who have never patted a horse.

Living Legends also takes its ambassadors to the people, with support from corporate sponsors and principal racing clubs, such as Victoria Racing Club which has recently expanded its partnership to feature Living Legends at all Flemington racedays outside the Carnival, and a dedicated Living Legends raceday in May each year.

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Media enquiries: Andrew Clarke CEO & Veterinary Director – Living Legends 0407 551 289