Senior Judge Ken Hurtig
Remembering Judge Ken Hurtig Mazomanie Test Grounds, WI. Sept, 2015

Heartland Chapter Field Tests are held at the Mazomanie Field Test Grounds near Salk City, WI.  The Heartland Chapter normally conducts a Spring test in late April and a Fall Test in early September. A Training day is often held immediately prior to the test for any club dogs.   Please contact the test chair to confirm test status.    Please let Test Chair know by email, text or phone call. if your planning on testing your dog .

Test Rule Booklets can be downloaded from the  Progeny Testing  Page.

Test Chair:
Dave Read
PH:(616) 836-5304
Mailing Address:
1374 Natchez
Holland, MI 49424-2665

Do you anticipate testing a dog?  please note the following:

Dogs are eligible for the Natural Ability Test from the age of 6 months up until and including the day they reach 16 months of age. Dogs over age may be entered for evaluation only. Dogs are eligible for the Intermediate Hunting Dog Test from 12 to 36 months of age.  Dogs over 18 months of age are eligible for the Utility Field Test. Versatile hunting dogs other than Cesky Fouseks are eligible and welcome for all tests.

Board Meeting and Seminar: Thursday, April 18th

The Spring Seminar during April 2024 that will be hosted by the Heartland Chapter and will spotlight two of our friends from the Czech Republic, Adam Machala and Dr. Silvie Neradilová. Adam and Silvie are both judges and are willing to visit and help train us on the exterior examination of our dogs.  

Several topics will be covered that will be useful for both judges and general club members so plan to attend!  

Conformation judging is as important as performance testing because a conformationally sound dog will have fewer injuries and perform longer in the field than one with poor conformation.  Helping both judges and club members prepare, handle, and assess our dogs will assist the club in maintaining high quality canine partners.  

Thursday, April 18, will cover low stress handling and exterior examination of our dogs.  This will be recorded on Zoom but will also have some hands-on portions.  Friday, April 19, will be a training day as well as cover grooming and stripping. Judging of the new Water Search portion of the IHDT will be discussed.

Why are we inviting Adam and Silvie to help us with judging?   The breeding committee (BC) depends on judges to accurately score dogs and note any faults they may have.  Our judges have little or no expertise in judging exterior and movement in our dogs.  Recently the conformation of our dogs has deteriorated so that dogs with faults are still scored as excellent or “4”.  Therefore, we need training on assessment of conformation and how to score dogs that are not a “4”.  Dogs judged as either 4 or 3 can enter the breeding program but it is important for the BC to know which potential faults each specific dog has so we can select appropriate breeding pairs.

Additionally, showing our dogs off to the best of the handler’s ability will facilitate the BC assessment of litters overall.   Safe handling and training of dogs for examination to reduce stress, especially for checking dentition will be covered.  Adam and Silvie will demonstrate correct grooming and stripping including removal of the puppy coat.

Please plan on attending!!!

Adam Machala and Dr. Silvie Neradilova visiting Maine June 2023

Download Seminar Information Here

Training Day: Friday, April 19, 2024

Test Days: Saturday and Sunday April 20 & 21, 2024

Application  deadline is March 27th, 2024, but we would really appreciate it if you sent it as soon as possible. We will hold your check until the application deadline if you wish.

Download Heartland Test Information Pack

Download Test Entry Form

Note: Also  send a copy of your dog’s up-to-date Rabies and Parvo DHP/L vaccinations and a copy of your dog’s Official Pedigree front and back.

Test Fees*:

Test                 Amount

NAT                  $90,00

IHDT                 $120.00          

UFT                    $130.00

*  For non-members there is an additional $70 testing privilege fee.    

Make sure your annual dues are up to date.  Go here to renew membership on line.

Make Checks for Test Entries Payable to: CFNA Heartland Chapter
Send Completed TEST APPLICATION FORM,  other documents and  payment check to:

Jon Coil, Heartland Chapter Treasurer
49625 Waldo Rd NE
Kelliher, MN 56650
PH: (218) 647-8451

1) Always keep your dog on a leash.

2) Make sure your dog is dry before bringing it in the room. Bring a towel from home to wipe down your dog. If for some reason you need to bathe your dog, please clean up the hair etc. in tub.

3) Do not leave your dog unattended in the room, even in a kennel.
4) Do not allow your dog to bark in the vehicle in parking lot.