Sheep and sheepdogs have been a natural way of life for Sarah. She feels that shepherding is inextricably bound to conservation. She has a deep appreciation for the countryside and its seasons and with a practical grasp of agricultural economics, understands the nature and structure of rural life.
Sarah has been involved in farming for many years, particularly with regard to sheep production; having shepherded a large commercial flock and three smaller pedigree flocks of Suffolk, Norfolk Horn and Southdown. She has been responsible for day to day management and has also undertaken contract work and lambing.
The Norfolk Horns and Southdowns are both rare breeds and have a long association with East Anglia; the 'parents' of the Suffolk sheep. Sarah has shown all three breeds with considerable success.
Sarah has been running in sheepdog trials for as long as she has been shepherding sheep. She has competed at the highest levels, having twice represented England at the International and qualifying with two dogs in the 2002 Bala World Trials.
Sarah has also judged many trials in England and Wales, and in 2005 was invited to judge a series of trials in the USA. In 2012 she was also invited to judge at the Dutch Open Sheepdog Trials.
Sarah is currently a committee member of the East Anglian Sheepdog Society, and has in the past been Chairman.
Demand for instruction in sheepdog handling has grown to such a degree that Sarah now teaches for much of the time. She began teaching sheepdog handling to others for the Agricultural Training Board.
On the demise of the ATB, Sarah continued to teach privately and has been fortunate to work with some of the very best hill shepherds.
Sarah enjoys teaching; whether it's associated with agriculture or training pet dogs. Handlers range in age, and several have progressed to success on the trial field.
Sarah’s vision for Mayfields is that it should encompass work, wildlife, rural life and landscape in addition to providing an infinitely varied and interesting environment those visitors will enjoy.