Elaine Hill
Sheepdog Displays

During my displays I usually work three or four different dogs. They normally work geese and ducks, but sometimes it is possible to take sheep instead of geese to venues with very large and fully secure arenas. When working with the ducks and geese an arena of at least 30 x 40 metres is required.

As this is the minimum size bigger is better, as the displays can be given in arenas as large as those found at county shows. Normally we would work on a flat area with short grass.

I give the option of one longer or two slightly shorter displays. The longer one lasts about thirty-five minutes and the two shorter ones about twenty-minutes. The two shorter displays differ slightly . Fives minutes both before and after each display is needed to set up and dismantle my equipment. However I can be flexible if these times are not suitable.

I give my own commentary for which the use of a radio mike is required. As the display is enhanced by background music there also needs to be the facility to play compact discs.

over the bridge

It's my bucket

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Elaine, Maggie,ducks and children
Ducklings through tunnel
Peg herding geese

My husband Chris and son Sam usually accompany me to the events and help set up and dismantle my props in the arena and release the birds from the trailer.

A roped off area of 15 x 8 metres is required where our vehicle and trailer can be parked and our livestock turned out into pens to be fed and watered