Our Instructors

At FlashPaws, we are proud to have one of the most experienced teams of Agility instructors you will find anywhere! Our staff includes top-level competitors, National Championship winners, AKC World Team members, and licensed Agility judges with many years of experience in both competition and as Agility Instructors. Moreover, our experienced staff cares deeply about helping our students achieve their Agility goals while having fun with their dogs.


If you would like to see our instructors competing with their dogs, you will find videos under many of our instructor photos.

Jane Simmons-Moake (Owner and Training Director)

One of the earliest pioneers of agility training in the U.S., Jane Simmons-Moake began training agility in 1986. A top-winning competitor, award-winning author of five books and three videos, and a popular seminar leader in the U.S. and abroad (including Europe, South America, Japan, Canada, and Mexico), Jane has also competed internationally as a member of the 1996 and 1997 U.S. World Championship Agility Teams, and was the 20" National Champion at the 2006 AKC Agility Invitational.


Jane's unique background combines over 25 years of competitive dog training success in a wide variety of dog sports (agility, obedience, field, flyball, and conformation) with M.S. and Ed.S. degrees in Instructional Technology, the study of designing training programs that really work. As a result, FlashPaws Agility Training Center classes are always in high demand. Moreover, Jane's books and videos have long been considered by many to be invaluable for serious agility enthusiasts.


Jane's dogs:

  • Amy – MACH5 FlashPaws Chinchuba Chick TQX MGF MGJ2 MXS2 T2B GRCA ADHF (8/18/2010-)
  • Joni – MACH12 ADCH Wedgewood FlashPaws Ready to Rock MXC4 MJS5 FTC1 TQX T2B2 MSF2 SCH-Br GCH-Br GRCA ADHF AKC National Agility Finalist (seeded 10th in a field of over 400 20" dogs), (6/16/2004-)
  • Susie – MACH14 ADCH PACH FlashPaws Runaround Sue MXS5 MJB6 MXP4 MJP4 TQX MFS SACH-Br JCH GCH-Br RCH TM ADHF AKC National Agility Finalist, 2006 20" AKC Invitational Winner, Top Agility Golden eight consecutive years, GRCA Excellence in Agility Award (5/4/2000-4/9/2014)
  • Holly – OTCH MACH11 ADCH SACH JCH GCH RCH FlashPaws Hollywood Hotshot UDX2 MXG3 MJG4 BDA-CD ADHF OD USDAA and AKC and USDAA National Agility Finalist, AKC/FCI World Team Member 1996 and 1997, 1999 Ultimate Dog Award for combined Obedience and Agility, GRCA Excellence in Agility Award(2/16/1994-7/29/2008)
  • Tracy – OTCH ADCH SKC CH U-CDX Tejas Trace Of Topaz UDX3 MX AXJ JH FDCH WC VCX OD USDAA National Agility Finalist, 2nd place Grand Prix winner, starred in many local and national commercials, print ads, music videos, and feature films (12/24/1989-2003)
  • Pandy – U-CDX Rimrac's Opalescence AAD, UD, FDCH USDAA National Agility Finalist (12/18/1983-1996)

Maggie Downey

Maggie has been participating in agility for about 20 years, and has been a FlashPaws instructor for 10 years.


Maggie’s first Golden, Kelsey, (NAC, MACH 14, ADCH, NATCH, ATCH FlashPaws' Kooki Li'l Charmer UD, MX, MXJ, MXP, MJP, GRCA Agility Dog Hall of Fame, CGC) was the AKC National Champion in the 24" height division in 1996. Kelsey was also a member of the 1999 AKC World Championship Agility Team traveling to Slovenia.  Kelsey earned agility championships in AKC, USDAA, NADAC, and ASCA. She retired at age 13 with MACH14.


Maggie's second Golden, Carly, is MACH18, ADCH-Bronze, NATCH Tanbark's One More Time MX, MXJ, MXF, TQX, Agility Dog Hall of Fame, CGC.  Carly placed 2nd in the 20-inch division at the 2007 AKC Invitational in Long Beach. She is now 14, retired, active around the house, and still loves going to shows to visit and get as much petting and as many treats as she can manage.  


Maggie's third Golden, Markie, achieved her MX, MXJ and qualified to go to AKC Nationals before she was 2 years old.  Markie earned the GRCA Agility Hall of Fame title.  At 7 years of age she was MACH10 ADCH Tanbark's On Your Mark MX, MXJ, MXF, TQX.  She died at age 7 of Intestinal Lymphoma.  


Maggie now has her fourth Golden, Slam, who started agility in October, 2011 and moved into Excellent in all classes in less than three months.  Slam was the youngest Golden to achieve his MACH which he did before the age of 2.  At age 4, he is MACH7 and he also has the GRCA Agility of Fame title.  Maggie is having a lot of fun with MACH7 Fast-Trak Grand Slam Thriller, MXS2, MJG2, MXF, MFG, TQX, T2B4.

Lois Williams

Lois has been training at FlashPaws and participating in agility since 1996 (18 years) and has been an instructor at FlashPaws for the past 14 years. Lois' first agility dog was Maggie OA, AD, CGC, an English Springer Spaniel who passed away at the age of 5 shortly after they started showing. Since then, all of Lois’ agility partners have been Golden Retrievers. Lois has trained and shown four Goldens:

  • Sunny (MACH9, ADCH, NATCH Tejas Li'l Thrill A Minute ADHF, CGC). She has the distinction of being the #1 dog in Double Q's in AKC All Breed Agility in 2003 and 2004. She was also the #5 Golden in 2004.
  • Cutter (MACH15, ADCH-Bronze, NATCH FlashPaws Cut Me Loose! TQX, MXF, ADHF, CGC). He was the #1 Golden in 2004 and was the first Golden Retriever to earn MACH15.
  • Keeley (MACH9 ADCH Keeling's Diamond in the Ruff MXF, TQX, T2B, CGC). She was rescued from a shelter in Lafayette, LA in November 2005. She earned her first MACH thirteen months after her Novice debut and qualified for the 2008 - 2012 AKC Nationals.
  • Coupe (MACH5, ADCH Fast-Trak’s Little Deuce Coupe MXS2, MJS2, MXF, MFG, TQX, T2B2, GC) born in June 2010, is Lois’ current teammate. Coupe started showing in October 2011 and as of January 2012 was already showing in the Excellent B classes in AKC. He qualified for the 2013 AKC nationals and has qualified every year since. He is a speedy little guy that is a joy to train and run.

The newest addition to the family is Coupe’s daughter Bounce, an 8 month old Golden Retriever who is just beginning her training.

Jan Downey

Jan has been competing in agility and training at FlashPaws for about 24 years.

She has been an instructor for 10 years, and has been the FlashPaws office manager for 14 years.


Jan's first agility dog was a mixed breed named Bear. Bear was almost 9 when Jan thought he needed to do agility, and he got an AD title. However, agility was not Bear's idea of "fun" so he retired to his couch again.


Her next agility dog was MACH2 ADCH Binewood's Gee Whiz Sadie ME, CGC, CD, VE. Sadie was Jan's first Border Terrier and is an all around versatile dog. In 1998, Sadie placed 2nd in the AKC Agility Nationals in the 12" jump height. She was retired at age 7 due to a back injury.


Rat-L-Trap Jd's Jessi Belle, AX, MXJ became Jan's third agility dog in 2001. Jessi's enthusiasm for agility was obvious to all who watched her. An injury in 2007 curtailed her agility career.


Jan is currently training and showing her 10yr-old mini poodle, MACH8 Sandstorm Can't Stop Now MXF (Kenda). Kenda qualified for and competed at the AKC Nationals in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2010 Kenda qualified for and participated in the AKC Invitational in Long Beach, CA, where she was the 2nd highest scoring Poodle. Kenda qualified for the 2013 AKC NAC in Tulsa and made the finals that year. They ended up 9th out of over 200 16” dogs. Jan was also one of three FlashPaws instructors who made the finals.


Recently a new dog came to the Downey household. Sandstorm It's Five O-Clock Somewhere (Jimmy) will be Jan's next agility partner. This little guy is Kenda's nephew. They look forward to a long and happy show career.

Betty Carter

Betty began training Boo, the poodle, at FlashPaws in 2003. The agility bug bit hard!! Betty now trains four dogs at FlashPaws: Boo, miniature poodle; Bravo, sheltie; Bongo, miniature poodle; and Bonus, sheltie. She has been an instructor at FlashPaws for three years.


Boo has 20 agility championships (AKC, NADAC, and ASCA). She is now semi-retired, and only plays in the games. Boo qualified for AKC Nationals 2007 to 2013, and earned 2nd place at Nationals in the Preferred Division in 2013. In 2010, Boo was #1 miniature poodle in NADAC (includes USA and Canada). In 2012, Boo was the #1 PACH poodle for AKC.


Bravo has 11 championships (also in AKC, NADAC, and ASCA) and he has qualified for AKC Nationals for 2011 through 2015. In 2014, Bravo was #9 Sheltie for AKC.


Bongo is a pound puppy from the streets of Abilene. Bongo has six Championships (in AKC). He has qualified for AKC Nationals 2012 to 2015. In 2014, Bongo was #6 poodle for AKC.


Bonus is the new guy on the block. He is Bravo’s son. He is very enthusiastic and has a great future. Before age 2, he was competing at Master’s level in FAST and JWW.

Betty says FlashPaws has given her so much in the way of training, friendships, and fun, that she hopes to continue the time honored traditions!! (What she really wants is to do is to increase the number of people addicted to the sport of agility so her addiction does not look so bad!  It is working!!)

Sheri Morgan

Sheri started in the conformation and obedience rings with Bulldogs. In 1996 she began training with FlashPaws and competing in the agility ring with a bulldog named Jacob. Jacob became the first AKC and NADAC agility-titled Bulldog. He was also the first Bulldog in AKC history to receive an Agility Excellent (AX) title.

After taking a few years off from competing, Sheri returned in 2004 with MACH Curly-Q UD, XF, (Curly), a Toy Poodle and Belabull’s Gertrude OA, OAJ (Gone), a French Bulldog. They have since retired from agility. In 2010 Sheri became an AKC-licensed Agility judge. Sheri is a popular judge who enjoys traveling the U.S. to be a part of the AKC Agility program. Sheri's newest agility partner is a Shih Tzu named Dolce.