IT was with great sadness that the equestrian world learned of the passing of well-known equine vet Bruce Steele recently.
Bruce was brought up in a horsey environment. He joined the Pony Club and progressed to hunting, show jumping and point to pointing in his teens. Being the son of a veterinary surgeon, he was always keen to follow his father, Tommy Steele’s career specialising in the equine species.
In 1972, he qualified from Trinity College Dublin, after which he joined his father in the Lisburn practice. In 1983, he set up his own practice in Hillsborough and, like his father, soon gained a well-deserved reputation for his care and expertise in all matters equine. He travelled extensively throughout his career, examining horses from all fields of equestrian sport including racehorses, show jumpers, polo ponies and eventers, as well as general riding horses and ponies. He had a client base which went beyond Ireland and the UK. He was an FEI Veterinary Surgeon for over 20 years and served as Veterinary Surgeon at various local horse shows, including Balmoral and Dublin Horse Show. In the management of his practice, he was ably assisted by his wife Beverley, who was never far from his side.
Bruce will be sadly missed by his wife Beverley, sons Patrick and Andrew, grandsons Jack and Sam, and siblings Robert, Anne, Thomas and Michael.