New Zealand horse breeder and former president of the Auckland Trotting Club, Rod Croon, must now remove his horses from his former property in Clevedon after he was unable to get the High Court to grant him an injunction.
Croon claimed he had sold the 15.1ha property to the family trust of Maureen Maxwell, who is now married to James Conquer, who was at the time of the sale, the acting real estate agent for the transaction through Barfoot & Thompson. His claim is against both Maureen and James Conquer because the deal was to include a five year lease on the property so Croon could continue his breeding operation. Croon had been running his breeding operation on the farm for 11 years.
The dispute is that the Conquer’s want $80,000 a year to lease the property and Croon claims the lease was part of the $3.1 million selling price.
In dismissing the application, Justice Susan Thomas said Croon's business had six weeks to find alternative accommodation for the horses and vacate the property.