Trevor McKee

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Trevor McKee
OccupationRacehorse trainer
Born(1937-09-22)22 September 1937
Thames Valley, New Zealand
Died5 April 2019(2019-04-05) (aged 81)
Significant horses

Trevor John McKee ONZM (22 September 1937 – 5 April 2019) [1] was a New Zealand Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. He was best known as the trainer, in partnership with his son Stephen, of the champion racehorse Sunline. [2] [3]

Thoroughbred Horse breed developed for racing

The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered "hot-blooded" horses that are known for their agility, speed, and spirit.

Sunline (1995–2009) was a New Zealand-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who was the world's highest earning racemare of her time, competing on 48 occasions for 32 wins, 9 seconds and 3 thirds to earn A$11,351,607. She won races in three different countries, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. She won successive W.S. Cox Plates (2,040m), the richest Weight for Age (WFA) race in Australia. She also twice won the toughest mile race in Australia, the Doncaster Handicap, once as a three-year-old and then again as a six-year-old. She was named New Zealand Horse of the Year four times and is also the only horse ever to win the Australian Horse of the Year championship three times. The only horse besides Sunline to win as many major races in both Australia and New Zealand was Gloaming, who raced around 1915.


In the 2002 New Year Honours, McKee was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to racing and the community. [4]

This page lists those awards announced in the 2002 New Year's honours lists.

New Zealand Order of Merit order

The New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of merit in New Zealand's honours system. It was established by royal warrant on 30 May 1996 by Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, "for those persons who in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions or other merits", to recognise outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity.

McKee died on 5 April 2019. [3]

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The following lists events that happened during 2019 in New Zealand.


  1. "Trevor McKee death notice". New Zealand Herald. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. "Trevor McKee, trainer of legendary horse Sunline, dies". 5 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  3. 1 2 "New Zealand horse racing legend Trevor McKee passes away". 5 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  4. "New Year honours list 2002". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2001. Retrieved 6 April 2019.