Stud farm settles damages claim

One of Europe’s premier stud farms, which was described in the Circuit Civil Court as a “five-star hotel for horses”, has settled a damages claim for an alleged unpaid fee against the former owners of a high-profile racehorse.

Stud farm settles damages claim

The court heard that Anthony Rogers, who trades as Airlie Stud and is the owner of Airlie Stud Farm, at Grangewilliam, Maynooth, Co Kildare, had come into an agreement in 2006 with Tony and Frances Donnelly to board their thoroughbred mare, Chelsea Rose.

Mr Rogers claimed that the agreement with the Donnellys, of Zion Rd, Rathgar, Dublin, included advice, management of the horse’s breeding, and the sale of any progeny.

Circuit Court president Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that Chelsea Rose was sold at auction in November 2012 for €450,000.

Mr Rogers claimed he contacted the Donnellys to discharge the commission fees and expenses, but they had failed to do so. He claimed he was owed €18,417.40. The Donnellys denied liability.

Following a suggestion by Judge Groarke that the parties try and solve their disagreement, counsel told the court the matter had resolved and the Donnellys had agreed to pay Rogers €12,500, along with the legal costs.

Judge Groarke then struck out the case.

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