The Nelson Mail
Court Throws Out Rings Abuse Claim
Pegasus Park Equestrian Adventure Tours owner-operator Rand Colgan had taken production company Three Foot Six to court, alleging mistreatment of his horses during filming near Twizel two years ago and the poaching of his staff.
Mr Colgan had been contracted to supply horses and riders for South Island filming locations.
The case was thrown out after a 90-minute hearing in the Nelson District Court earlier this week.
"I admit I had some of my facts wrong and I deserve to fall on my rubber sword," Mr Colgan said after the hearing.
Three Foot Six spokeswoman Claire Cooper said the company was pleased that the tribunal had recognised that Mr Colgan's allegations were unfounded.
"Throughout the filming of The Lord of the Rings, our production team took great pride in treating our extras, people and animals with the utmost care and respect. Our set was a happy one."
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