Werner & Matotoland Keiser
Werner Terblanche testimony
The last week and a bit has been quite overwhelming for me, since Keizer and I returned from our trip to the Overberg to do the Cape SAVHDA tests!
Reflecting on what really happened turned into a vague memory when the reality of what the massive achievement was all about sunk in! Numerous notes and messages from fellow versatile hunting dog breed enthusiasts made me realize that, as our dream of the last 18 months became a reality.
Keizer is the 2nd and Youngest dog to pass the Advanced Versatile hunting test in SA (this Test is nearly identical to the German Solms and HZP tests in Europe)!
I want to share two important aspects that I believe played an instrumental role in our success.
Point 1 - The role of mental preparation is underestimated in any sporting event, notwithstanding through a 3rd party... your hunting buddy! The preparation of yourself as handler mentally, emotionally and physically for a grueling day of 6 tests across 3 stages of ultimate pressure, exposure and emotional readiness to ensure that you set up your partner for success is fundamental.
Why is it then that only 5% of competitors always win 95% of the the time? Any serious competitor will confirm that mental toughness is 90% of the winning habit, but why is it then that if mental readiness is so important that we only spent 10% of training time on it? The answer lies in the way we think - "Lanny Bassham with Winning in mind".
So what did Mr Bassham teach me? Herewith the 5 learning principles I took away from a few skype sessions and indulging in his variety of mental training books.
• Principle of desire - you can have anything you desire otherwise you would not think about it
• Principle of reinforcement- the more you think about, talk about, write about something the higher the probability of it becoming a reality
• Principle of equilibrium - our conscious mind, subconscious and self-image require complete equilibrium for you to succeed at the highest level
• Principle of focus – focus on process not outcome
• Principle of mental consistency – this is the most important ingredient to success
Point 2 – The second aspect I want to leave you with is that of focusing on the 3 D's in order to succeed... Discipline, Dedication and Determination.
In my opinion, the SAVHDA tests are by a long way the most intense and difficult to achieve versatile/HPR hunting dog tests in this country.
The Advanced Versatile Hunting Test (AdVHT) requires your partner in the field work stage to independently find wild birds using the wind and his/her nose to perfection, point them and remain steady to flush.
The water stage requires 3 different tests, from a shot over your dog’s head while retrieving in water, to a blind retrieve in deep cover and not to mention a live duck search in water and deep cover.
If that is not enough, the drag stage testing requires two retrieves by drag: A 150m on a guinea fowl, and a 350m drag on rabbit or hare. Both drags have two turns and in both the game is to be retrieved independently to hand.
Obedience, cooperation and manner of retrieve are tested throughout the day.
So, the amount of training on a daily basis over a prolonged period of time (in our case 18 months) with very specialised training guidance (in our case Boavida gun dog training) and your own drive to succeed, forms the basis of a successful outcome.
I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be Keizer’s partner and that we are able to continuously learn and improve to become a formidable team!
#upwardandonward we go!
WOW! What a fantastic year for our dogs !
Matotoland Kennel Placed in every Maiden/Derby stake this year. Dicky Meij with Cleo also placed in Open Stake in KZN 2017
Thank you Charles Rose for the genetics that have made it possible to breed these dog. I praise and thank God for these earthly blessings
Derby and Maiden Stake Results from KZN HPR trials in Vrede
1st - Dicky Meij 's GSP bitch, Matotoland Cleo
COM - Brian Allen Hansen's GSP bitch, Debarli Libby
Gun's Choice and Novice Handler -
Keegan Barnard with GSP bitch Cheyenne?? (not sure if Cheyenne or Calypso, will correct when I know)
Morgenzon Temic winner British Breed Central Field Trial 2012. This was the 2nd time in the history of trialing in South Africa. We are proud of Jacob and Temic well done
Results from Derby/Maiden stake : 2017
1st Tiger, Mr Mc Gerber handled by Bennie van der Merwe
2nd Stella of Matotoland Kennel, Dante Fratti
3rd Orla, Will Pringle
COM Trigger, Leon Quenet (Matotoland Kennel)
1st Stella, Dante Fratti
2nd Orla, Will Pringle
Derby stake - 1st Casey - Arnold Slabbert com Pipps - John Weavind Most promising pup - Toro - Danie Human Maiden Stake - com Boggom- Deon Horn Open Stake - 1st Bullet - Francois vd Walt 2nd Maximus - Fanie Barnard 3rd Peper - Koos Myer 1st com Gobi - Fanie Barnard 2nd Com Amber - John Crawford-Brand
All our dogs have placed in a trial in South Africa we have had several placings recently with Choppy of Matotoland Kennel owned by Dicky Meij winning first time ever 2 Puppy stakes back to back Tvl Hpr and Kzn.
Some great photo's of our trial in Greyton & Napier Western Cape. Temic & Jacob made us proud 3rd in British Breed Championship Stake!
Memphis winning the Jnr Gundog in the show ring!
German Shorthair gsp pages
German shorthair gsp Pedigree's
- GSP Morgenzon Bullet German Shorthair
- GSP Dash of Matotoland German Shorthair
- GSP Dixie of Matotoland German Shorthair
- GSP Dagger of Matotoland German Shorthair
- GSP Bonny of Matotoland German Shorthair
- GSP CH BB Morgenzon Temic German Shorthair
- GSP Charlie of Matotoland German Shorthair
- GSP Memphis of Matotoland German Shorthair
- GSP Rose of Matotoland German Shorthair
- GSP Cleo of Matotoland Kennel