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Mentor List: Canada

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I sincerely thank everyone who has signed up as a mentor.
Your generosity lives up to the best of what our mushing community has to offer. /Judy Bergemann

Update your mentor listing by emailing me here

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Junior MentorJunior Mentors

Junior mentors are special young people who have offered to work with beginning junior mushers.
Their mentor listings are identified with the brown puppy.

Thanks Junior Mentors!

Name: Dale Swan
Hometown: Kitscoty, AB
Will mentor by: email, phone and in person
Will mentor in: recreation, sprint and general
Email: seppalasiberians@gmail.com
Phone: 1-780-872-3575
Experience: I have 7 years of experience with dog sledding. I have done 4 years of recreational sledding and 3 years of sprint racing using Seppala Siberians. I have done primarily 4 and 6 mile sprint races. Here to help new mushers get the most out of dog sledding and to enjoy this wonderful sport!

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Name: Barb Anderson
Hometown: Prince George, BC
Will mentor by: email and in person
Will mentor in: recreation and skijoring
Email: beejay.anderson@gmail.com
Experience: I have several years skijor racing experience and have competed at the World Championship level, placing 7th in the 2-dog, 20 km. I also do recreational winter camping trips with my team. Experience with Alaskans, Siberians and Border Collies.


Name: Craig Conklin
Hometown:
70 Mile House, BC
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, skijoring, sprint and general
E-mail: cariboocraig@gmail.com
Phone:
250-706-9484
Experience:
I have 12 years experience in sprint racing, 4 dog, 6 dog & skijoring with registered Siberian Huskies. I understand doing it just for the fun. I will work with all breeds.


Name: Erin Lynes
Hometown:
Quesnel, BC
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, skijoring, sprint and general
E-mail: onbye@yahoo.ca
Phone:
250-992-5253
Experience:
I have been involved in dog sledding for 16 years, including many years in competitive sprint racing. My experience involves Alaskan Huskies and just about every other purebred and mixed breed combo out there. I currently enjoy skijoring with my purebred Labs. I've helped several people get started in the sport on a recreation or sprint racing level and would love to chat with anyone interested in dog-powered sports.


Name: Al Magaw
Hometown:
Salmo, BC
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
almagaw@hotmail.com
Phone: 250-357-9390
Experience:
I have been mushing for over 25 years with Alaskan Huskies. I now hold the record for the most number of podium finishes in the B.C. Championships and am the 2003 B.C. six dog Champion. I also won the 2003 silver medal in the four dog class. I represented Canada in the 2001 World Championships.


Name: Travis Rinas
Hometown:
Hosmer,
Will mentor by:
e-mail and phone
Will mentor in:
recreation and general
E-mail address:
adventuresource@fernie.com
Phone: (250) 423-9265
Experience:
I have been sledding for 6 years and have been running my own tour company for 4 years. We primarily focus on teaching people to drive their own small teams of huskies on scooters or our unique light sleds. We also train owners and their dogs to pull on sleds and scooters.


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Name: Jess Allen
Hometown: 
Minnedosa, Manitoba
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation and general
E-mail address:
jess_z0@hotmail.com
Phone: 204-865-2441
Experience:
Work with Alaskan Huskies, I have 4 years experience in the sport. Concentrate on mid distance racing, 60-200 mile continuous format races. Willing to offer advice or assistance in any way I can to new mushers.


Name: Claes Aschberg
Hometown: 
Morden, MB
Will mentor by:
e-mail and phone
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
aschberg@hotmail.com
Phone: 204-822-9336
Experience:
I've worked full time for the last 15 years but still managed to put out good teams in all classes.  How did I do it and why did I do it...well I can tell you and help you... Learn from one of the best...who has learned from the best!


Name: Anthony Donkersloot
Hometown: Steinbach, MB
Will mentor by: e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in: sprint and general
E-mail address: donkersl@mts.net
Phone: 204-425-3011
Experience: I have made many good friends in the sport who have been mentors to me. After 20 years in the sport I feel I may be able to help others or help them contact someone who can help them if I can't. My son and I race 4, 6, 8, 10 and open classes and have 30+ adults and usually have a couple of litters of pups each year, all Alaskan Huskies.


Name: David Hochman
Hometown: Carlowrie, MB
Will mentor by: phone and in person
Will mentor in: sprint and general
Phone: 204-427-2164
Experience: One of my goals is not only to be the best of the best in this sport but to be able to make a difference by leaving an "impression" behind. I want this sport to exist long after I'm done. I am more than willing to share my passion for the sport with anyone who is willing to listen to 25 years worth of dog mushing stories.

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Newfoundland

Name: Claudia Hanel
Hometown: Frenchman's Cove, Bay of Islands, NL
Will mentor by: e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in: recreation, skijoring
Email:
plantgrrl@hotmail.com
Phone: 709-789-3797
Experience: I've been skijoring and scootering since 2005, mushing since 2007. My very small team (3-5 dogs) includes Alaskan Huskies and Eurohounds. I've raced skijor a few times.

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Name: Dan Heilbrunn
Hometown:
Inuvik, NT
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
D.Heilbrunn@hotmail.com
Phone: (867) 678-0501
Experience:
If you come up to Inuvik and want to talk dogs, we can have a cup of tea, and you can check out the dogs. I enjoy camping with dog teams, as well as limited class sprint racing.


Name: Gary Lafferty
Hometown:
Ft. Resolution, NT
Will mentor by:
phone
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation and general
Phone:
867-394-4235
Experience:
I have 29 years experience training racing dogs. I have trained with some of the top elite mushers in Canada.


Name: David White
Hometown:
Yellowknife, NT
Will mentor by:
email and phone
Will mentor in:
distance and recreation
E-mail address:
daverw@hotmail.com
Phone:
867-873-6972
Experience:
Breeding, raising and running Canadian Eskimo Dogs in high arctic environment (Nunavut, Canada). I have run dogs for 12 years, 7 with the pure Canadian Eskimo Dogs.

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Name: Jim Cunningham
Hometown:
Grafton, ON
Will mentor by:
e-mail and in person
Will mentor in:
sprint and general
E-mail address:
cedarpaw@eagle.ca
Experience:
I have 5 years sprint racing and 5 years mid-distance racing experience with Siberian Huskies. Currently racing Anadyr to Zero/Igloo crosses and winning purebred class in mid-distance (30-60 mile) open races.


Name: Janice Erker
Hometown:
Bonfield, ON
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance and general
E-mail address:
jerkerdogsledder@hotmail.com
Phone: 1-705-776-7020
Experience: 
I have Alaskan Huskies now, started with Siberian/Malamutes. Have raced mid-distance for 8 years now, started recreationally. Learned many things that work and do not work with dog care and training over the last 20 years.


Name: Ray Erker
Hometown:
Bonfield, ON
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
paws-e-trax@hotmail.com
Phone: 1-705-776-7020
Experience: 
I have been in huskies for the last 15 years, Alaskans for the last 2. Have had many people help me over the years and feel its time to give back to new comers.


Name: Susan Evenden
Hometown:
Keewatin, ON
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
Recreation
E-mail address:
evenden@kmts.ca
Phone: 807-467-1697
Experience: 
Recreational sledding only. I've trained my 4 dogs entirely from scratch with no other help than SDC and books recommended by SDC members. I have experience in instruction of a variety of sports. I want to help people develop a love for winter and find a new way to interact with their dog.


Name: Peter & Judy French
Hometown:
Springfield, ON
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
sprint and general
E-mail address:
peterfrench@hotmail.com
Phone: (519) 765-4290 / Fax: (519) 457-2389
Experience: 
Sergei Siberians - Judy & I have 30+ years sprint racing purebred Siberians in all available classes.


Name: Bob & Anne Melrose
Hometown:
Lunenburg, ON
Will mentor by:
e-mail and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, carting, scootering & sledding
E-mail address:
snowrnr@gmail.com  
Experience:
We have been running a carting/sledding class for the past 25+ years in Eastern Ontario. We are recreational mushers with a kennel of approximately 10 Siberian Huskies (varies depending on puppies, seniors, etc), but have worked with a number of breeds over the years. Our herding dogs, 2 Australian Shepherds & 1 Catalan Shepherd, also run as part of our teams during the winter. In the summer they herd sheep. This past summer Bob has trained our llama to pull a cart, so if you need help with llama carting, we can do that too!


Name: Calvin Mochulla
Hometown:
Vars, ON
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation
E-mail address:
Mahiikan@aol.com
Phone:
613-822-8887
Experience:
I have over 15 years experience working for sledding outfitters in and around Algonquin Park. My dog of choice is Canadian Eskimo and have a registered breeding kennel.  Also have experience with Siberian and Alaskan Mals.


Name: Douglas Murray
Hometown:
Collingwood, ON
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
dougmurray@georgian.net
Phone:
705-445-5433
Experience:
I have 10 years experience in sprint racing, primarily with 4 dog classes with Siberian Huskies. I have also trained my teams to take commands so they are a joy to run recreationally. Additionally, I am an authorized Race Marshal with the Siberian Husky Club of Canada.


Name: Duane Ramsay
Hometown:
Inverary, ON
Will mentor by:
e-mail
Will mentor in:
mid-distance and general
E-mail address:
dramsay@kos.net  
Experience:
Reside in eastern Ontario and run a small kennel of 13 dogs. I have been racing since 1979; started with Siberians and switched to Alaskans after 12 years. First 10 years I sprint raced but since then have raced mid-distance races of 30-400 miles.


Name: Sharren Reil
Hometown:
Temiskaming Shores, ON
Will mentor by:
e-mail
Will mentor in:
distance and general
E-mail address:
sharren@ontera.net
Experience:
Handled for Rick Swenson-ran a team outside of Dawson City, Yukon for many years.


Name: Renata Sauder
Hometown:
Tweed, ON
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint, mid-distance and general
E-mail address:
northernblackout@hotmail.com  
Phone: 519-922-5874
Experience:
I have 11 years of sledding experience primarily with Siberian Huskies. I've done sprint races and now have moved to focus on mids. I also have experience with training and behaviour modification with all breeds


Name: Ralph Schade
Hometown: Ayr, ON
Will mentor by: in person
Will mentor in: recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address: rschade@netflash.net
Phone: 519-581-7150
Experience: We have 6 years experience with Siberian Huskies. We compete in dryland and snow sprint races. We also mush as a recreational activity. As members of the Ontario Federation of Sled Dog Sports, we have a wealth of experience and knowledge within the club.


Name: Greg Smith
Hometown:
Dundalk, ON
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, sprint and general
E-mail address:
sibetzu01@sympatico.ca
Phone: 519-925-1972
Experience:
Have been involved with Siberian Huskies for 16 years and have been racing Alaskan Huskies for 4 years. Mostly in sprint races but have run mid distance as well. Currently running in the 6 ,8 and 10 dog classes.

I am willing to help train new mushers, answering questions and showing one on one.

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Quebec

Name: Stan Morgan
Hometown: Saint Michel des Saints, QC
Will mentor by: e-mail
Email: miortuk@hotmail.com
Will mentor in: distance and general
Experience: I have been involved with running dogs for over 30 years. Most of my racing has been in the Distance venue. I have run some Sprint Races (4, 6, 8, Open). I currently have a kennel of 30 dogs including puppies. In the last 10 years of running, I have logged over 10,000 miles training/racing with my dogs. My language of communication is English and a little French.

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Name: Don & Jacki Dobrowolski
Hometown:
Regina, SK
Will mentor by:
e-mail and in person
Will mentor in:
distance and general
E-mail address:
ddob@dlcwest.com
Experience: We have been sledding for 6 years, racing for 2. Our happy home has 14 Alaskans 2 Sibes, 2 Collies, 2 Shelties. We are learning more every day--the dogs are very good teachers. We are more than happy to help anyone learn about the wonderful sport of sledding and the incredible dogs.


Name: Marty Duval
Hometown:
Moose Jaw, SK
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation, skijoring, sprint and general
E-mail address:
mcduval@sasktel.net
Phone: 306-691-0927
Experience: I have 14 years experience with Alaskan Huskies in sprint to mid distance racing. I recently started bikejoring and skijoring. Because we had to relocate we went from 60 Alaskans to 2 German Shorthaired Pointers.


Name: Jolene McLeay
Will mentor by:
e-mail
Will mentor in:
recreation, skijoring, sprint and general
E-mail address:
sask_dogsledder2002@yahoo.com
Experience: I have been mushing rec. for 10 years. Five years of that I have been competing. I have a small kennel that seems to keep growing. Please e-mail me if you want any dogsledding info. Thanks! 

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Name: Jean-Denis Britten
Hometown: Dawson City, YT
Will mentor by: e-mail and in person
Will mentor in: distance, recreation and general
Email: outbackriders1@hotmail.com
Experience: I have 20 years experience in distance training, 5 years in distance racing, did several expeditions north of Quebec. Ran the Yukon Quest 1000, Copper Basin and several other races. Always operate a very small kennel (12 dogs on the Quest with a top 10 finishing). My main focus is training and nutrition.


Name: David & Roxanne Mason
Hometown:
Whitehorse, YT
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
recreation, skijoring and general
E-mail:
powderpawsdogsledding@yahoo.ca  
Phone: 867-335-6541
Experience:  We've been mushing for 6 years. We have a kennel of 24 Alaskan Huskies. I've run tours in BC and Yukon, but now we mainly run recreationally and compete in some local sprint and mid distance races. We found our mentor Al Magaw on here, now its our turn!


Name: Sebastian Schnuelle
Hometown:
Whitehorse, YT
Will mentor by:
e-mail, phone and in person
Will mentor in:
distance, recreation and general
E-mail:
sebastianschnuelle@yahoo.ca   or  info@bluekennels.de
Phone: 867-633-2219
Experience: I have been mushing for 10 years, and raced the Yukon Quest 3 times and the Iditarod 2 times. I always enjoy talking dogs, share what I know and find out what I do not know. I have been training a few mushers at my place for racing, like Roland Waldispühl who came in 2nd in the Quest 300 in 2006, and Andy Moser who finished in the Copper Basin 2006 15th.

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