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What is the Natural Ability Test? (video)

June 1+2, 2024
Quail Ridge Preserve & Kennels

120 Sartori Rd
Stafford Springs, CT

September 20-22, 2024
Quail Ridge Preserve & Kennels

120 Sartori Rd
Stafford Springs, CT

The testing site is on private land and cannot be readily accessed.  You may attend a training clinic as a member should you wish to see the grounds prior.




Natural Ability -

Chapter Member - $170 

Non-Chapter Member - $180

Utility Prep/ Utility -

Chapter Member - $200

Non-Chapter Member - $210

Check/Money Order Only - Payable to SNE NAVHDA

(No Electronic Payments are Accepted)

Mail Entries to:

Sue O'Donnell
148 Orcuttville Rd. Stafford Springs, CT 06076



All Owners and Handlers must hold a current NAVHDA Membership.

All dogs entering any NAVHDA test are required to be NAVHDA registered and are subject to NAVHDA eligibility requirements. If your dog is not currently registered with NAVHDA, contact the central office to do so.

Ensure the dogs NAVHDA registered name and registration number are correct and that the owner(s) and handler name and NAVHDA member number are displayed correctly on the entry form.

If applicable, include with the completed test entry form and payment, copies of the dogs’ hip X-ray evaluation certificate and DNA certificate. Certificates do not need to be included if already on file with NAVHDA Central Office.

Dogs are eligible for a Natural Ability Test up until, and including, the day they reach 16 months of age. Dogs over 16 months may be run for evaluation only.


Entries received by the Test Secretary for Tests must be postmarked no earlier than January 1 of the test year.  Emailed applications will not be accepted. 

Contact the Test Secretary Prior should there be missing information on the entry form upon submission.

NA Evaluation dogs over 16 months will be placed on the wait list and may only be run if space is available.

​Payment and Receipt of Entries:

Payment shall be in US funds, and may be a money order, bank draft or personal check made payable to SNE NAVHDA; please send no cash. Entries are on a first come, first serve basis. Post mark on the envelope determines order of receipt. You will be notified that you have been placed either on the running list or, if we are full, the waiting list.

Wait list entries will move to the running list in order as openings occur.

You may not 'move' your entry between tests.  Submit a new entry form for each test. 

Refund Policy:

  • If you withdraw from the test inside the 30 days prior to the test weekend, your entry fee will not be refunded. 

  • If you are on the wait list and a spot is offered to you inside of the 30 day window and you decline it, your entry fee will not be refunded. 

  • If you withdraw from the test outside of the 30 day window and there is a dog to take your spot, you will receive your entry fee back minus a $30.00 fee. 

  • If you are on the waiting list and you do not get a spot in the test, your entry fee will be refunded in full.

  • If your dog cannot run due to an injury, your entry fee will be refunded (A note from your veterinarian is required). 

If you choose to ‘move’ into a different test within the same or new calendar year, YOU MUST RE-ENTER for that test.  The priority settings as described above shall apply.  The refund for the test you are moving from will follow the refund policy as described above.

Test Day

Test starts promptly at 7 AM each day. Check in for Handlers will be at 6:30 AM.

You must have a 'clip' lead for your dog.  No slip leads allowed.

An email will be sent prior to Test Day with the projected running order and additional information concerning the day.  The running order is subject to change.

Click Here for Map to Testing Location

There is no running water on the grounds, so please be sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your dog.

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