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Philippa’s background was horse based where her mother had a Professional Show/Livery yard and Welsh Pony Stud. At the age of 4 Philippa was entering in lead rein classes and from the age of 7 she started to compete with her mothers and customers horses. It wasthen that she also started to compete in competitions with her own dogs.
She then went on to top level obedience & agility competitions;competing with her GSD's, Collie's, Beagles, Goldens & Labs. She was the first in the UK to compete at the highest level with herBeagle – breaking all myths and boundaries that had been put on these dogs – and moved from the traditional style of training to thekinder method of training to achieve amazing results.
Philippa realised the “psychology” of how dogs learn had to be explored further. Her hunger to gain knowledge led to the birth of hercompany DOGS FOR LIFE. She has been running Dogs for Life for more than 26 years and is still striving forward looking for newknowledge and training methods. The key objective is to teach people how dogs learn, and how to communicate with their dogs, whileopening their minds to the general well being of their four legged friends.
Philippa has a strong passion in breeding and training her own line of Gundogs (Castlemans Retrievers) but was involved from the beginning of the Levenghyl line of Labradors (owned by herself and past partner from the decisions on the breeding lines, health matters and the training of the Levenghyl dogs, however this ceased in 2012.
During the summer months
Philippa runs her Dogs for Life holidays – which includes Gun Dog Training, Essential Training, Agility/FlyballTraining
Philippa takes small group lessons and private one to one lessons
Throughout the summer Philippa continues with the training of her own dogs and entering Working Tests
Since 1999 Philippa has demonstrated at Crufts – the biggest Dog Show in the WorldoDemonstrates at the CLA Game Fair and many other Country events throughout the UK
During the shooting season – August to January
She is invited to work her dogs on many estates throughout England, Scotland and Wales – and will work up to 8 dogsat a time.
She competes and judges in Field Trials
In the 2002 season her efforts resulted in her Golden Retriever Dog, Castlemans Beaver becoming Top Golden Retriever Dog inEngland, Scotland & Wales, gaining the most points in Field Trials.
In the same season her Golden Retriever Bitch Castlemans Classic Mood was awarded by the United Retriever Club, Top Dog or Bitch gaining the most points in Field Trials and Working Test.
Her Golden Retriever Bitch Castlemans Crunchy Lima also won the title for the most successful brood bitch with progenygaining the most points for the season.
2005 – trialling her working cocker Secret and gaining various different awards(and whom is a famous celebrity in her ownright at Crufts. See You Tube Demo’s)
In 2008 Philippa qualified for the International Gundog League Championship with FTCh Levenghyl Isle of Aaran aka “Monkey”.
In 2011 she ran FTCh Tweedshot Thistle aka “Mango” who was the youngest dog running at just two and a half and received a Diploma of Merit.
In 2013 she qualified again with Mango and again in 2014.
Over a period of 6 years Philippa has made three of her Labrador Retrievers into Field Trial Champions and trained several others that went on to become FTCh’s.
In 2016 she qualified her dog Warrenbank Monkeyson of Castlemans aka “Sparra” more than once by winning 2 two days stakes & so making him up into a FTCh in 1 season.
They participated at the IGL Championship where she and Sparra ran until the respectable third day.
In 2017 she ran her homebred Golden Retriever Castlemans Soul Mate aka “Jai” winning his first Novice Field Trial.
In 2018 winning his second All Aged Stake, also Guns choice and the youngest competitor at two and a half.
In August Jai and Philippa won the Open Retriever Working Test at Chatsworth.
In 2018 they qualified for the IGL Championship and again went through until the 3rd day.
In 2019 Jai just missed qualifying for the Championships for the 2nd time by gaining a 2nd a 2 day stake.