Ellen has been involved with dogs all her life, but she first got into dog training at the age of 14 years old whilst undertaking her Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She got her first dog of her own, a Border Collie, in 1996 and the two of them tried many different things together, thanks mainly to the Young Kennel Club, but agility was their first love.
With her 3rd Border Collie, a tri-blue merle dog, she discovered flyball. Merlyn was a bit TOO manic for agility as a youngster, so Ellen looked for other avenues for his manic, obsessive nature. Moving away from Derby, and the Covert Flyball Team, she lost the ability to do flyball, so Ellen founded the Cambridgeshire Canines Flyball Team to allow Merlyn to continue with his passion.
Ellen now regularly competes in Agility and Flyball with her Border Collies and Working Cocker Spaniel, with one of her collies competing in Champion UK Agility, her cocker in G5 KC Agility, and also 1 of her dogs is currently in the top team of the Cambridgeshire Canines Flyball Team, helping them to be ranked in the top 10 teams in the country. Ellen is a team captain and trainer of the flyball team, and is also an Agility Club Approved Instructor, teaching agility when needed. She is also a qualified UKAgility judge.
Ellen hopes to start taking on some agility judging appointments in the next year or so, start working towards her Level 2 Hydrotherapy qualifications and become an accredited KC & APDT Instructor in dog training.