Tributes paid to Skara Stud owner Gibbons
BLOODSTOCK agent Dermot Forde yesterday remembered his friend of 44 years, Skara Stud owner Peter Gibbons, as "a great ambassador for equine veterinary practice, a great horseman and a great Irishman."
Gibbons died aged 62 after a short illness on Sunday and his funeral, which was attended by many of the leading lights of the Irish racing world including Noel Meade and Willie Mullins, took place in Navan on Tuesday.
Forde, who jointly bred Group 1-placed sprinter Asset with Gibbons, said: "When we were in college one of our lecturers told us that ‘vet' had become a verb that denoted quality and that we should always remember that. Well, Peter more than lived up to that standard - he surpassed it. He was erudite, professional and his knowledge was always up to date."
Gibbons' son Derek takes over the reins at Skara Stud in Kilcarn, County Meath, which retains a number of broodmares and is a regular consignor at sales at Goffs and Tattersalls Ireland.
After graduating from University College Dublin with a degree in veterinary medicine, Gibbons focussed his attention on horses and worked first for Pat O'Hagan before forming a partnership with Joe Clarke in Dunderry, County Meath.
Gibbons founded the Lisadell Equine Hospital, one of the first specialist sites north of Dublin, and served in key roles with the Irish Throroughbred Breeders' Association and the British Equine Veterinary Association. He was also chairman of the Association of Irish Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons.