Sean Collins, founder and president of the Irish Equine Centre, died March 5 of a brain hemorrhage, according to the Racing Post.
Collins, a leading veterinary surgeon, was highly thought of by fellow associates. “The ultimate endorsement of his setting up the center is that it is now firmly established as a key part of the integral structure of the horse industry in Ireland,” Des Leadon, head of clinical pathology at the center told the Racing Post. “He did that by convincing the key figures in the industry of the need for it at the time and then took it upon his own shoulders to turn it into reality through tremendous hard work. It was a labor of love.”
Collins, a former chairman and president of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, owned Corbally Stud and stood several successful stallions, including Persian Bold and Northfields. The filly, Kooyonga, by Persian Bold out of a Northfields mare, was an Irish and German champion.
Collins is survived by his wife and four children, including a son, Stephen, who manages Derrinstown Stud in Ireland.