CAPE HANDLERS DOG CLUB
Club History
Cape Handlers Dog Club, formed in 1987, is a KUSA affiliated dog club specialising in various training disciplines for all breeds of dog.
CAPE HANDLERS DOG CLUB
Club History
Cape Handlers Dog Club, formed in 1987, is a KUSA affiliated dog club specialising in various training disciplines for all breeds of dog.

Cape Handlers Dog Club started in 1987, I remember because my second child had been born in 1986 and she was only a few months old when we were members of the German Shephard Club. 

 

After some time we decided to leave the club and our friends Clive and Sandra De Frerritas, Shaun Laishley, and Bob and Leonie Kirby came to visit and asked us why we didn’t start our own club. We had a good laugh, as it’s not something that is so easy to do. 

 

Since we (and especially our dogs) were so used to training on Sunday mornings, we found a good spot at a building site in Montague Gardens where Tommy Van Rhyn worked. We had such fun there making the dogs climb up big earth moving machine and doing stays in the bush, and soon our friends that I have mentioned above joined us and it came a regular Sunday outing.

 

Again the subject was bought up “why not start our own club?”. Shaun Laishley had arranged with the local soccer club for us to use the fields on Sunday mornings in Sanddrift. That his how Cape Handlers Dog Club was started. With seven members, our kids and our dogs. 

 

Four new members joined on our first Sunday and we were in seventh heaven. There were many meetings held at our house, which went on into the early hours regarding what we were going to offer and how we were going to run it.

 

Our membership grew and we moved from Sanddrift to Edgemead (the Eskom Sporting Fields). From there we could see that we desperately needed to buy a more substantial club house. To their credit Tommy Van Rhyn, Shaun Laishley and Bob Kirby got a contract to be bouncers at a night club on Friday and Saturday nights. With that money we bought our very first Wooden Club House. 

 

As the club grew, we could see that we needed to extend this club house, we had many fundraising events like sponsored walks and bingo evenings. It was great fun and the members, kids and dogs became one huge family.

 

Then one day a lady by the name of Carol Wilson came to see what we were up to and asked if we would like to see how real dogs do obedience training and we were up for it. She introduced us to Sandy Lombard, Gillian Burns, Collen Stofberg, and their dogs. We fell off our chairs, it was the most wonderful thing to watch how these dogs and handlers just worked, we were hungry to learn more and asked if they would come and teach us. 

 

They showed so us much more: Working Trials, IPO, Obedience, and Tracking. Then KUSA got to hear about us and they sent a representative to ask if we were interested to become an affiliated club. After some discussion and looking over their training courses we decided to go for it. 

 

Our membership kept growing, we had to move from Edgemead. Luckily, one of our members was on the Committee at Theo Marias Sports Park and if we could get the Municipality to recognise Dog Training as a sport, we could get into the centre. We put on a display for the Mayor and Council and that is how we got into Theo Marias Sports Park.

 

When we moved our club house we had no fields as the ground had to be leaved for us and they put our club house on to a mound of sand. The rest of the Sports Centre came to call our club house “the little house on the prairie”. 

 

Once we got our funding from the Council, a few of the founder members and a few of the new members. We had all got stuck in to build the Club House and fields that we have today.

 

Contributed by Sue.

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Cape Handlers Dog club started around 1987, as I remember the year as my second child had been born  in 1986 and she was only a few months old  and we were members of a dog club in Goodwood Show Grounds called German Shephard club. We had a disagreement  with the  committee that ran this club and we decided to leave. We had made some lovely friends at this club and they were sorry to see us leave.  Specially  Clive and Sandra De Frerritas and Shaun Laishley and Bob and Leonie Kirby.  A few days later they came to visit us at home and said why don’t you start your own dog club, we had to laugh as it’s not something that is so easy to do.

As we were so used to  training our dogs on Sunday mornings and the dogs to, we decided to go and train them on a building site in Montague Gardens where Tommy Van Rhyn worked, we had such fun there making the dogs climb up big earth moving machine and doing stays in the bush, and  slowly the other friends that I have mentioned above joined us and it came a regular Sunday outing. Again the subject  was bought up again “ why not start our own club and Shaun Laishley came to us one day and said I have us a field in Sanddrift that we can use he has spoken to the local soccer club and they agree that we can use the fields on Sunday mornings.

And that his how CHDC was started. With seven members and our kids and dogs. We got four new members on our first Sunday and we were in Seven Heaven. There was many meetings held at our house which went on in to the early hours what we were going to offer and how we were going to run it. I will never forget we went  to some dance and the  committee from the Old training school that we broke away from approached us and said  “ you Guys will never be a sugguest” you don’t know what you are doing’’

From Sanddrift we moved to Edgemead to Eskom sporting Fields and we could see from there that we desperately needed to buy a more substantial club house, so Tommy Van Rhyn and Shaun Laishley and Bob Kirby got a contract to  be bouncers at a night club on a Friday and Saturday night  and the money that they made from this we bought our very first Wooden Club house. As the club grew we could see that we needed to extent this club house so we had many fun raising events like sponsored walks  bingo evenings  it was great fun and the whole members and kids and dogs we became one huge  family.

And then one day a lady by the name of Carol Wilson came to see what we were up to and said would we like to see how real dogs do ob training and we said ok let’s see. She introduced us to Sandy Lombard Gillian Burns and Collen Stofberg and their dogs. OMW we had all the members and committee on the stands to watch there display of OB and we all fell of our chairs, it was the most wonderful thing to watch how these dogs and handlers just worked, we were hungry to learn more and asked if they would come and teach us.

There showed so much more, working trails IPO OB tracking. And then KUSA got to hear about us and they sent a representative one Sunday and he asked if we were interested to become an affiliated club  and we were not interested at first but he said Look come to  one of our training courses and let’s take it from there. After a meeting we decided to go for it. We had to stop some of our training that we offered like  man work as KUSA only do IPO. We then had to move from Edgemead and one of the members said that he was on the Committee at Theo Maria park and if we could get the Municipality to recognise Dog training as a sport then we could get in to the centre.  It Was arranged that we would put on a display for the  Mayor and Council men to come and see and that is how we got into Theo Maria Park.

When we moved our club house from Eskom Edgemead to Theo Maria park we had no fields as the ground had to be leaved for us and they put our club house on to a mound of sand, and the rest of the centre came to call our club house “ the House on the prairie. Once we got our funding from Council  a few of  the founder members and a few of the new members that we had all got stuck in to builed the club house that we have today.

Contributed by Sue.

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