Versatile Hunting Dog Federation of Canada (VHDF-Canada) Judge's Page


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This webpage was mounted on September 6, 2015 and last updated on January 24, 2016 by Sheila Schmutz


Introduction. A professional and capable judging core is integral to VHDF-Canada’s operation. The two types of judges, Field- and Blood-Tracking Judges, enable VHDF-Canada to serve hunters through game conservation and ethical hunting practices. VHDF-Canada does so by providing a practice-based dog testing system for dogs in field and water on the one hand and blood tracking of big game on the other. Hunters are able to prepare their dog in advance of the hunting season and have their training success evaluated by experienced judges. Dog breeders are served by the opportunity to have their chosen dams and sires evaluated for heritable ability and response to training in a system of hunting-dog tests similar to those in use since the creation of versatile hunting breeds in Europe over a century ago.

Judges volunteer their time, but expenses incurred to travel to judge at tests away from their home "club" are paid for by the club hosting that test.


The field judges approved as of Fall 2015 are listed below. (Lead) indicates that the person can serve as a Lead Judge in a team of three judges.

  • Vance Lester, Purdue, SK. vance.lester@usask.ca (Lead)
  • Lawrence Pellerin, Saskatoon, SK Lawrence.Pellerin@aggrowth.com
  • Byron Pugh, Delisle, SK. bpugh@bearhillskennel.ca 306-493-2621 (Lead)
  • Joe Schmutz, Saskatoon, SK. joe.schmutz@usask.ca 306-382-8964 (Lead)
  • Rick Schryer, Saskatoon, SK rschryer@shaw.ca 306-230-3019
  • Craig Wilson, Saskatoon, SK craig.wilson@usask.ca 306-244-1008

Note all judges approved by VHDF in the United States are also approved to judge VHDF-Canada Field Tests.

Blood Tracking Judges will undergo a separate approval process, still under development. As of June 1, 2015 these judges include: Brent Grabowski, Saskatoon; Matt Walpole, Saskatoon; Joe Schmutz, Saskatoon.


Requirements for becoming a VHDF-Canada Field Judge


How to apply to become a Field Judge

The Field Judge Application Form is available for download.

Canadian judges are expected to maintain their membership in VHDF-Canada, and U.S. judges their membership in VHDF in the United States.


Background Reading

The following is a list of background reading that judges are expected to be familiar with.


For more information on the U.S. VHDF, visit Versatile Hunting Dog Federation

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