The New Zealand Training ranks lost one of it’s finest last Friday. Trevor McKee epitomised hard work and professionalism in the racing industry. He was always available to help and he genuinely loved horses.
Supported by his family, his wife Noeline with children and grandchildren in tow would often be seen in rooms in the stands at clubs. They would have a myriad of colouring-in books and activities to keep them occupied.
Son Stephen joined him in partnership in the late eighties and together they were a formidable force. An estimate of Trevor’s wins as a trainer, including in partnership with Stephen is over 1200. He was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Racing Award in 2012.
Whilst he relinquished his licence in 2006, Trevor didn’t exactly retire. He continued to drive the horse float – something which he was very experienced with, having done so right from the start of his training career. Apparently he would take two in a trailer to Trentham from his Takanini base, drop them off then return to pick up two more to take down!
A true icon of the industry that will always be remembered.
Our condolences to the McKee family at this very sad time.