Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (VHDF) in Saskatchewan

This website was MOVED on June 1, 2023

2023 Test: September 9 & 10, 2023, Alvena, Saskatchewan

This webpage was mounted on August 28, 2007 and last updated on March 13, 2023 by Sheila Schmutz

The test in 2023 will again officially sponsored by the Saskatoon Gun Dog Club but will be under the auspices of VHDF-Canada.

Entries will close on August 1, or whenever the test fills, if before that date. The Test Secretary is Sheila Schmutz ( To enter, please pay the entry fee via PayPal and submit the completed entry form and a copy of your versatile dog's pedigree to her via email.

Fall VHDF Test Details

Tests Offered

Field Tests

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

(two day test is now full)

We are continuing to accept registrations for a 3rd “day”, which might be:

Note that the provincial wildlife health specialist had initially required DNA testing to import gamebirds from out of province, but that decision was reversed on March 8, so we can now test a 3rd group of dogs.

Proposed agenda for this VHDF Test at Alvena, under "relaxed" Covid-19 guidelines.


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.


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.


VHDF-Canada test scores from 2007 to June 2022 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.

For more information on field test rules visit Versatile Hunting Dog Federation (US)

For more information on Versatile Hunting Dog Federation - Canada

Please email Sheila Schmutz ( regarding updates to this website.