Animal breeding had, however, always been a part of Mr Barrett's life: first as joint owner of a Welsh Pig herd from the early 1950’s; an agricultural college lecturer in the 1960’s; a journalist with the Farmer and Stockbreeder in the 1970’s, and an International exporter and consultant for a decade after then.
But the absolute beginning was with a visit, in October 1970, to a roundup sale in Dartmoor where, by total accident, two little chestnut filly foals were brought. They, later, became the beginnings of the part bred section of the stud, which, now is over five generations on from there.
Later that year, 1970, saw the Welsh stud born by a visit to Abergavenny, and where a filly foal Triley Belle, a Welsh Sec.A from the Triley Stud was purchased.
The founding of Templedruid was accidental and not with the intention of it being the beginnings of a multi-section Welsh Stud.
Triley Belle was by the stallion Monnow Jonas (by Revel Jonas out of Revel Joanne). Unknown that this was to be the first association with the great REVEL stud; for two and a half years later Monnow Jonas came to Templedruid aged six and where he lived until he was 30 years old.In 1971 a visit to the Fayre Oaks sale resulted in 2 filly foals being added, Gredington Jane and Springbourne Hiraeth. Later, in 1972, a further visit to Abergavenny resulted in a colt foal, Castellau Simwnt, joining, and in the fullness of time becoming a stud stallion.During the 1970’s the stud slowly grew with the additions of Monnow Nightlight in 1975, filly foal; and two more filly foals in 1978 and 1979 respectively Gydros Stardust and Bryn Kay. Both have many descendants still with the stud.