Recently the Eastern Suburbs Dog Training Club celebrated 50 years of training dogs in Centennial Parklands by holding an Open Day on the Musgrave Pond Grounds.
More than 200 visitors enjoyed a glorious sunny winter’s morning to watch the opening grand parade, followed by a series of obedience, agility and dancing with dogs demonstrations, all performed by Club Members and their dogs.
In addition to doggy demonstrations, Randwick Rotary cooked up a hearty sausage sizzle to raise funds for charity, the Travelling Barista served warming cups of coffee and hot chocolate, and there was free Face Painting for kids and pat-a-puppy.
To further mark its 50 year association with Centennial Parklands, the Club recently donated funds for the refurbishment of the Musgrave Pond Footbridge.
The Open Day also celebrated the official opening of the footbridge, with the cutting of a ceremonial ribbon in the Club’s red, white and blue colours by Glenys Moore, Club President, Peter Hadfield OAM, Executive Officer of the Centennial Parklands Foundation, and Robert Fairhead, 50th Anniversary Coordinator.
Peter Hadfield thanked the Club, commenting: “All of us at Centennial Parklands congratulate the Club for their long-running involvement with the Parklands. Their generous donation is another example of how the Club has contributed to the improvement and maintenance of the Musgrave Pond Grounds.”
In summing up the event, Robert Fairhead said: “The Open Day was a chance for the Club to remember our early volunteers and members. It was also a chance for current members to demonstrate the bond we have with our dogs through regular training and a chance for the Club to look to the future, as underlined by the our funding of the refurbished Footbridge.”
“It was also an example of the common purpose the Club has with Centennial Parklands in promoting responsible dog ownership within the Park and wider community and in the good stewardship of the Musgrave Pond Grounds for Club members and park visitors alike.”
The Eastern Suburbs Dog Training Club holds regular training sessions most Sundays throughout the year from 8.00 am to 11.00 am at Musgrave Avenue Grounds in Centennial Park, corner of Darley and York Roads (open Centennial Parklands map in PDF). Visit www.easternsuburbsdogtraining.org.au for more information and dates.
– Guest blog by Robert Fairhead, 50th Anniversary Coordinator
We’ll leave you with some more photos from this great fun day…