ONE of the great Welsh breeders of Shire horses is profiled in a new biography.
“O’r Castell I’r Llys” tells the story of William Hugh Griffith, of Llys Farm, Brynrefail, who rose to become a top breeder, adjudicator and leading light of the British Shire Horse Society.
Better known as WH Griffith, he was born and brought up on Castell Farm in Pentir but moved to 36-acre Llys Farm in the 1950s, which he turned into a successful caravan site.
His Shires carried the Trem y Wyddfa prefix and in 1984 Jim’s Chance won the Horse of the Year Show, Wembley.
The book traces his life at Castell and Llys farms, his time at the Madryn Agricultural College in Llyn, his memories of the Vaynol Estate – and his connection with Red Rum.
It was written by Canon Idris Thomas who recently retired after 36 years serving the parish of Llanaelhaearn. He has since moved to Llandinorwig.