More about Philippa....
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 Championships with Levenghyl Isle of Aaran (pet name -Monkey) and trained and handled by her.
In 2010 Monkey was made up to Field Trial Champion
In 2011 she ran Tweedshot Thistle of Levenghyl (Mango) in the International Gundog League Championships at Nevill Holtand gained a Diploma of Merit. Mango was the youngest dog competing.
In 2012 Mango was made up into a Field Trial Champion & she was only 2¾yrs of age.
2013 – Mango has qualified again for the IGL at Lauder in Scotland.
2014 FTCH Tweedshot Thistle of Levenghyl (Mango) qualifies for the International Gundog League Championships for thethird time, this will be held at Windsor Great Park by kind invitation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on 1st, 2nd & 3rdDecember.
2016 - Sparra became FTCH Warranbank Monkeyson of Castlemans - and qualified for the Championships twice! He got to the 3rd day down to the last 6 days - which is very respectable.....
This is just a brief look at what Philippa has achieved personally over the years to date