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Award winning shepherdess to run sheep dog training at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus

Award winning shepherdess to run sheep dog training at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus  
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Award winning Northumbrian shepherdess, Emma Gray, will be running weekly sheep dog training drop-in sessions starting this month at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus.

Emma, who is a former Kirkley Hall student, last year became the first female winner of the Northumberland Sheepdog Trials League in its 40 year history and has also represented England in the International sheep dog trials.

The flexible training sessions she will be delivering will be run one afternoon per week and are open to anyone looking to train their sheep dog to manage livestock. Dogs can be at any standard with little or no ability and people can choose to drop into one or more sessions depending on the training needs of the dog.

A third generation farmer, 23 year old Emma is an extremely experienced shepherd who runs a remote 120-acre farm near Harwood in Northumberland's beautiful National Park, managing a flock 150 sheep and a dozen head of cattle. In November last year she appeared on ITV's Tales from Northumberland presented by Robson Green.

Emma said: "By the time I was 17, I knew I wanted to work with dogs and with my faithful border collie, Bill, in tow, I got a place on a specialised sheep management course at the Kirkley Hall campus. Then, after spending six months in New Zealand, I got a job at a farm in Northumberland, looking after 900 sheep before running my own farm from 2009.

"I'm delighted to be able to come back to Kirkley Hall campus to deliver sheep dog training and I am looking forward to passing on my shepherding skills to others."

The sheep dog training sessions start at the Kirkley Hall campus at the end of January and will cost £20 per session. To find out more and book call 01670 841229 or email alison.gracey@northland.ac.uk