Former Lieutenant Colonel David Wood, a decorated SAS hero, faces a huge legal bill after losing a court battle with a neighbour over access rights to a 500-yard strip of land at Teffont Magna near Salisbury.
David Wood, 52, claims he was granted a right of way over the track when he bought his £3.25 million country home from Lord Sharman four years ago.
The strip allows horse riders using his commercial livery yard to reach a bridleway but the owner of the land, Edward Waddington, 46, believed his neighbour had no claim over the strip and erected locked gates to keep him out. He also claimed riders from the livery centre, created by Mr Wood, are disturbing game birds he keeps and could put an end to a renowned shoot he hosts.
The dispute, which saw the Lib Dem peer support Mr Wood throughout, reached the High Court, sitting in Bristol, where a judge has now ruled in favour of Mr Waddington.
It is believed Mr Wood now faces a legal bill running into hundreds of thousands following the judgement.