Versatile Hunting Dog Federation Canada (VHDF) in Saskatchewan

2024 Test: September 7-8, 2024, Alvena, Saskatchewan

This webpage was mounted on August 28, 2007 and last updated on June 19, 2024 by Sheila Schmutz


The test in 2024 will again be officially sponsored by the Saskatoon Gun Dog Club , under the auspices of VHDF-Canada.

Fall VHDF Test Details

Tests Offered


Blood Tracking Test

A 4 hour old blood tracking test will be held in summer 2024. Please email Brent Grabowski (grabber380@gmail.com) to indicate interest. A date will be determined to fit most people's schedule.

Blood Tracking Test Application Form


Field Tests

To enter your dog in the fall field test in HAE, AHAE or PE, please complete this Field Test Application Form. If you'd like this entry form in Word, please email sheilamschmutz@gmail.com for a copy.

Payment should be ideally be made via PayPal below. The receipt for payment will say "Wear Our Heritage", but $20 goes to VHDF-Canada and the rest goes to pay for the birds, etc. with any profit going to Saskatoon Gun Dog Club. If PayPal is not possible for you, please email the Test Secretary, sheilamschmutz@gmail.com about how to do e-transfer for payment but do not use that email for e-transfer.

Please scan the front page of your dog's registration papers and email those too. If the pup is young, and you haven't received them yet, they can be sent closer to the time of the test.

Summaries of the tests are available as downloads on the VHDF-Canada webpage. The age limit for the HAE puppy test is 18 months and it is suggested that the minimum age is about 5 months. There is no age limit for either the AHAE or PE tests.

Rick Espie and Muddy Water's Alba in the 2022 "Blind Water Entry" of her AHAE test. On their right judges: Craig Wilson, Lawrence Pellerin & Todd Shury. Other participants and spectators in the background.


Dogs Entered as of 19 June 2024. The test is guaranteed to fun 2 days, and both of those are almost full now. IF we can secure enough gamebirds, and enough judges/helpers we may attempt to run a 3rd day, as we did last year. However that would be a Friday or Monday. Once two days are full, other entrants will be placed on a waiting list for the 3rd day.

HAE

AHAE

PE


Proposed agenda for this VHDF Test at Alvena


Facilities

The test site is 2.5 km (1.5 mi) N and 1.5 km (1 mi) E of Alvena, Saskatchewan; or 60 km (40 mi) NE of Saskatoon, along Highway 41.

The abandoned farm site includes an outhouse and some shade from trees, and a metal roofed shelter, which can be tarped on the sides if weather is rainy, windy, or cold. There is a firepit.

A Co-op store with many items and snacks is open on Friday & Saturday from 9 to 6, but not on Sunday. Bring lawn chairs and other items for your comfort.

People are welcome to camp at the site, but please let us know in advance so we can suggest spots best for RV or tent camping. (no plug-ins or running water)


Nearby Accomodation

There are no motels or restaurants in the town of Alvena. There are motels about 20 km away in Wakaw and Cudworth. The motel in Wakaw allows dogs in rooms, but the motel in Cudworth does not.

If you choose to stay in Saskatoon, we recommend the Heritage Inn for accomodation. It is dog friendly and near the north edge of the city and the airport. It is a "middle class" hotel with an attached cafe.

If you are travelling with a RV, there are a few options for RV campgrounds with plug-ins in Wakaw.


Spectators

Visitors are welcome to watch from designated spots. Two spectators may walk in the field, with the permission of the handler and judge. The group in the field already includes 3 judges, 1-2 gunners, and often an official photographer.

Everyone in the field during an AHAE or PE test must wear Orange, as a hat or on a shirt or vest.


Scores

VHDF-Canada test scores from 2007 to 2023 are available as a downloadable pdf file. Most, but not all were held in Alvena, SK.

Note that VHDF has not set passing scores for any level of testing but leaves this to individual breed clubs. Versatile dogs of any breed are welcome in this test.

Many of the dogs entered are often LMs, and HAE and AHAE are necessary for a dog to be an "eligible to breed". Therefore a passing score has been determined for both of these tests. See the page on the LMAC website that explains this in detail.


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Please email Sheila Schmutz (sheila.schmutz@usask.ca) regarding updates to this website.