The one lesson I’ve learned from life: Shepherdess Amanda Owen says never take no for an answer 

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  • Amanda Owen is best known as the star of Channel 5 TV show Our Yorkshire Farm
  • 47-year-old from North Yorkshire told she wasn’t smart at school
  • Decades later he is on TV and his books have sold over half a million copies

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Amanda Owen, 47, better known as the Yorkshire Shepherd’s, lives with her husband, Clive, and their nine children at the remote Ravenset Farm in Ann Orth, Yorkshire. She is the author of five books, including the bestseller The Yorkshire Shepherds and the star of the Channel 5 TV show Our Yorkshire Farm.

If someone ever tells me, ‘It’s impossible’ or ‘You can’t do this’, instead of cringing, I just get in between my teeth.

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When I was in school in Huddersfield, my career advisor told me that I was not bright enough to work with animals. At 14, I was one of those kids who stared out the window, daydreamed, worked minimally. But then I discovered the books of author James Heriot—about a veterinary practice in the Yorkshire Dales—and decided I wanted to work with animals. My career advisor had other ideas. ‘You’ll never be a vet, Amanda, because you’re not smart enough,’ he told me, brutally. But I went back to the library and found a photographic book called Hill Shepherd by John Forder, which depicted the lives of shepherds in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. I didn’t know it could be a profession until I read that book.

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Amanda Owen (pictured), a 47-year-old shepherd living in North Yorkshire, said a career counselor at school told her she was not bright enough to work with animals

That was my epiphany, and I set my mind to make it my living before working as a contract shepherd (milking cows, herding sheep, driving tractors, shearing lambs, and shoveling)—and then, 1996 Since then, my husband Clive with Ravensett Farms here.

Decades later, after seeking a secluded, quiet life, it’s not ironic on me that I somehow find myself in the spotlight. My life as a cowboy was featured on the ITV show The Dales in 2011, which led to Channel 5’s Our Yorkshire Farm.

So far, the books I’ve written have sold over half a million copies, all because I haven’t pigeonholed myself and I haven’t given up.

I want exactly the same for my kids. We have nine, which was never the plan. I want them to climb higher, ride faster, always challenge themselves and others. We depend on ourselves to try things, because life is short.

Ananda (pictured) said that she has sold over five lakh copies of her books, all because she did not allow herself to be pigeonholed and did not give up

Ananda (pictured) said that she has sold over five lakh copies of her books, all because she did not allow herself to be pigeonholed and did not give up

The Seasons with the Yorkshire Shepherd’s Celebration by Amanda Owen (£20, Pan Macmillan) is out now.

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