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Moyglare Stud Founder Walter Haefner Dies At 101

Wednesday, 27th June 2012

Walter Haefner, founder of Ireland's famous Moyglare Stud in County Kildare, has died in his native Switzerland at age 101. Born in Zurich in 1910, Haefner (who mare his fortune in the computer software industry) purchased the property that would become Moyglare Stud in 1962 during a trip to Ireland to buy a show-jumper. Subsequently Moyglare owned or bred: Irish & French Derby winner Assert; English 2000 Guineas winner Refuse To Bend; Irish 1000 Guineas winner Trusted Partner; 3 winners of Ireland's Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup; US Belmont Stakes winner Go And Go (1st European-trained winner of a US classic race); Hong Kong Invitational Bowl winner Additional Risk; Canadian International Stakes winner Relaxed Gesture; Japan Cup winner Stanerra; & Melbourne Cup winner Media Puzzle. Haefner sold Moyglare Stud to his daughter Eva-Maria Bucher Haefner in 2008. In March this year, Haefner was listed by Forbes magazine as the 248th richest man in the world with a net worth of US$4.3-billion.

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