Dr. Wright (Bud), 95 of Chesapeake City, Md. passed away peacefully at home on July 10. He was a longtime Mid-Atlantic area equine veterinarian, trainer and owner. As a veterinarian, he developed and perfected several formulas of leg paint (202, 303, etc) and other treatments. As a trainer, he produced numerous standouts including the hard-hitting race mare T.V. Highlights, and was a force in point-to-point and NSA flat races with his Labadie Mill Farm runners (many of whom raced without shoes).
A devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and loving husband, William is survived by his wife Lana Wright, his daughters Jeannie Tucker (Joe) of Preston, Md. and Lucy Dunne (Michael) of Reading, Vt., his sons Geoff Wright (Louise) of Preston, Md. and John Wright of Portsmouth, R.I., grandchildren Stephanie Pelletier (Marc), John Wright, Peter Wright, Wright Morris, Beale Dunne, Ridgely Dunne and great grandchildren Marlon, Marshall and Mason Pelletier. He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Bertha Wright, sisters Doris C. Anderson and Alice S. Koch and daughter Beale Morris (the wife of steeplechase trainer Neil Morris).
Born in Moorestown, N.J. in 1915 Wright was a University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1939 graduate. He was an Honor Roll Member of the American Veterinary Association and held a license in seven states. Prior to moving to Maryland in 1962 he was the most sought after veterinarian on the New York Racing circuit and wintered in Aiken with several of his clients. He cared for many famous horses including Five Time Horse Of The Year, Kelso and Nautical.
In addition to his family and friends, the Sassafras River too has lost one of its most frequent and passionate friends. On an almost daily occurrence the sleek and elegantly functional 62’ Elco, the “Pathfinder” under the guiding hands of Captain Wright, could be seen making its way from the Georgetown Marina to the waters of the Chesapeake Bay – two enduring companions often alone on their river.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue, P.O. Box 403, Chesapeake City, Md. 21915. To send condolences, visit R.T. Foard Funeral Directors.