Here is a little background information: -
Elaine has been brought up with Border Collies as her late father, John Chapman, was training, working and trialing them before she was born. She learnt the art of training these dogs from him.
It was also through her father that she became involved in giving sheepdog displays. He gave them, (being one of the first to work ducks with his dogs) but fell ill in the summer of 1993 and was unable to complete his bookings. To avoid letting people down she completed his programme and that is how it all started.
At home Elaine keeps a flock of sheep on her small hill farm situated on the Yorkshire Pennines, near Oxenhope. At present she has twelve dogs. She trains her own dogs and in addition to using them for work, she competes during the winter months at sheep dog trials, where she has enjoyed considerable success.
During the summer Elaine has no opportunity to compete as she is too busy giving displays and corporate work, in addition to the general farm work.
As a freelance journalist she also writes weekly reports and compiles results of the sheep dog trials which are held throughout the North of England, for the Farmer’s Guardian.
Since starting in a small way in 1993 she has expanded and now travels extensively throughout the country. She has performed as far north as the Tarland Agricultural Show, near Aberdeen to Netley Marsh Steam Rally, near Southampton and the Yealmpton Agricultural Show, near Plymouth in the south and south west. She has also appeared at the three day Town and Country Festival held over the August Bank holiday on the Royal Show Ground at the N.A.C. Stoneleigh and at the Royal Norfolk Show. One of the more prestigious venues Elaine has attended is the Queen’s Estate at Sandringham, where she has twice given displays at the two-day carriage driving event held in June. She has also given displays at the Sandringham Flower Festival.
A life member of the International Sheep Dog Society.