Bleddyn Pugh Dirion Stud
His wide circle of friends were shocked to hear of the death of Bleddyn on 24th June at the age of 67. He spent a period in Prince Phillip Hospital, Llanelli at the beginning of the year and his health improved for him to attend Glanusk Show on 3rd May and when asked about his health, he just thanked everyone for their kind messages while he was in hospital.
Bleddyn first joined the WPCS in 1965 when he and Carole lived in Dukestown, Tredegar and, although he was interested in ponies and cobs, his main interest was in the hill ponies and the premium stallions and he took countless photographs of them, Coed Coch Cynfor, Rhiw Playboy, Tanlan Syndod etc. Particular favourites of his were Bowdler Blighter, Gredington Llewelyn and, in later years, Tafarnaubach Sion. His knowledge and collection of photographs of the premium stallions was second to none and he would have Area Associations enthralled on his visits to give talks. He would also regularly write articles for “The Hill Ponies of Wales” magazine e.g. The history of the Cwmnantgwyn Stud” in the Summer 2013 issue. Photographs which he often used as typical representatives were of Revel Choice and Ceulan Revelry.
A horrific accident in the steel works resulted in him losing a leg but he overcame this set-back and moved to the kinder climate of Llanddarog, Carmarthen in 2000. His house overlooked the A48 road and we would always look for the arrival of his foals when going past. There was always a hearty welcome to visitors from Bleddyn and Carole.
Bleddyn had a wonderful sense of humour, once when judging and one handler apologised for his pony stepping on his foot, Bleddyn remarked “Don’t worry, I didn’t feel anything, that was my artificial foot”! Owing to his immense knowledge of pedigrees, Bleddyn for many years checked the proofs of the Welsh Stud Books before they went to the printers. Imagine my shock, when loading the proofs into the boot of his car, to discover a spare artificial leg!
There are very few people around with the interests and kindness of Bleddyn and he will be sadly missed. Deepest sympathy is extended to Carole and the family.
Penuel Funeral Home Tredegar NP22 3QE, Friday 11th July at 13.45.
Committal: Llwydcoed Crematorium, Aberdare CF44 0DJ.
Dr Wynne Davies