Thank You Thursday: A Royal Retirement

Doriemus. Rogan Josh. Brew. Might and Power. These names might sound familiar to you because they’re some of Australia’s best sporting legends. All of them past Melbourne Cup winners. And all of them residing at a beautiful property just a stone’s throw from the Melbourne Airport.

Living Legends was established as a sanctuary for retired champion racehorses and a way they can be reconnected with the community.
The Historic Woodlands Park and Homestead, a heritage listed property, was gifted by the Victorian Government as the home for this organisation ten years ago. Since then, many household names have moved in although not any old race horse can retire here; all residents had to have won at least two Grade One races to be accepted into these prestigious paddocks.

Get a glimpse of life at this 1700-acre property in this short video with CEO and head vet, Dr Andrew Clarke:

As well as being the home for these sporting heroes, Living Legends also works to promote horse welfare, funds research into horse health and welfare, and educate people about horse health and ownership.

Living Legends is one of the only places in the world where community members can get up close and personal with thoroughbred champions. In addition to meeting these real heroes, around 50,000 visitors explore the bike trails, walking tracks and beautiful gardens every year. The homestead even offers Devonshire teas in the Black Caviar Café.

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Playful pals, Efficient and Zipping.

This Thank You Thursday, amidst the Spring Racing Carnival, we say thanks to Dr Andrew Clarke and the team at Living Legends for all they do in providing a rich and relaxed retirement for Australia’s horse heroes and providing opportunities for the community to meet them and learn about horse welfare.

See you in the pond,

The Fish Chick.

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