Welcome to our very first Newsletter! Our website has been a work in progress, but we are happy to say that we are up to date and running smoothly.
Our News Headlines are working well and the team makes an effort to provide up to date news and information on a regular basis. The Newsletter is now working too, so from time to time you'll receive all new website updates, as well as additional news, in your email inbox.
We're having a Photo contest on our FB page, which is proving to be very popular! If you haven't had a look, there are some awesome photos there. All photos can be seen in the Albums section or on Instagram (#savhdaphotocontest). The competition ends December 1st, so keep the photos coming! We have a surprise Category that will be announced after Dec 1st, from which the winner will receive a cash prize of R1000! Stay tuned.....
The SAVHDA Forum is up and running! So in addition to our Website and Facebook Page, you now have a dedicated Forum where you can have discussions, ask questions, post ideas, articles, photos and just about anything you want related to Versatile - HPR dogs and hunting! Unlike Whatsapp groups or Facebook, the discussions and information are readily at hand, or you can do a search if you are interested in something particular. So we do hope that members make use of this valuable resource and would like to see it grow in the months to come! We've added a section for members only, where we hope to load content that will aid you in training and preparing for the SAVHDA tests. You can access the Forum at the top or bottom of any page on our website.
In case you don't know, we have a section on the Website that is dedicated to Member Photos - Field Photos, Retrieving Photos, and Puppy Pics. Members are welcome to send in their photos and we will load it onto the website Hompepage photo gallery "SAVHDA Dogs in Action". Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org with your request, and kindly keep them a reasonable size (less than 1 mb).
The year has flown by! Now is the ideal time to work on basic obedience and a variety of retrieving applications. Summer time is water time! Whatever you do with your dogs, have fun and remember safety and sportsmanship at all times!
See the all the Winning Photos from the SAVHDA Photo Contest.....Congratulations to all! And a big thanks to Els Fine Leather and Mike Hunt Gundog Supplies for their support and sponsorship! (Added 4/1/19
Test Reports for all of the Tests held in 2018 are now available. We have also added some interesting diagrams that display at a glance, the averages for all dogs in each Test. (Added 11/7/18
We're having a Photo Contest on Facebook. Check it out by clicking on the link at the top of the page! Or find us on FB at: SAVHDA - South African Versatile Hunting Dog Association. Prizes from Els and Company Fine Leather and Mike Hunt Gundog Supplies and Accessories. (Added 11/6/18
2018 UPDATE!! Here is what has transpired with the imports! During 2017 three of our members imported dogs. Two more imports are scheduled in 2018. This is always exciting news for us in South Africa, where our gene pools are relatively small. Good luck to the members who have taken the big leap.....! (Added 12/28/17
A Newcomer’s Perspective – by Werner Terblanche.
Since the day back in 2010 when a good friend introduced me to the uniqueness and intelligence of the versatile hunting breeds I knew that I was hooked! (Added 11/1/17