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Diane Mapes

Diane and Cricket

After several years in the equestrian sports showing her horses in both English and western classes Diane switched her attention to training and working with dogs.

In 1972 she started training a rescue Doberman in CKC obedience and scent hurdle racing, eventually training her Doberman to the utility level. She began teaching obedience classes in 1974.

Diane has trained and shown various breeds in the obedience ring including a Miniature Schnauzer, Miniature Poodle and German Short haired Pointer.

Kao weaving

Over the years her dogs obtained several high scores, and in 1994 her Kao was the #2 Obedience German shorthaired pointer in Canada in CKC Obedience. Kao was Diane's first agility partner. Unfortunately Kao had to be retired in her prime due to an injury.

Diane became involved in the Agility in 1989 when the sport was brand new in Canada. She has been teaching Agility ever since and was co-founder of the first agility club in Saskatchewan. She was also on the founding board of directors for the national organization, the Agility Association of Canada, serving for 8 years as the SK/MB Provincial Director.

In 1996 Diane got a Jack Russell Terrier puppy, Crumpet, and she was back in the sport. She has since added Crumpet's daughter, Cricket, and a rescue Belgian Malinois, Savage, as partners in the agility ring.

Crumpet

Diane and her dogs compete in both Agility Association of Canada and North American Dog Agility Council agility venues. In AAC Crumpet is currently competing at the Masters level, Cricket at the Advanced level, and Savage at the Starters level. Diane and Cricket qualified to attend the 2003 AAC Nationals as part of the SK/MB team but will be unable to due to prior commitments.

Diane and her dogs are also members of the Superdogs team traveling throughout western Canada to perform for shows such as Saskatoon's Exhibition, Edmonton's Klondike Days and the PNE in Vancouver.

Diane is always looking for ways to have fun with her dogs. In addition to agility, she also competes with her active three dogs on the Screamin' Scramblers flyball team. Her newest venture is into the musical freestyle sport. Diane is actively developing a routine with Savage, her malinois.

Diane loves sharing her knowledge with others. She has as much experience teaching agility as anyone in western Canada. She always teaches using the philosophy that the activity should be fun for both the handler and the dog so that other people can enjoy and build great relationships with their dogs.

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