UPCOMING TESTING INFORMATION:
Test registration is now open for 2019!
The test will be held Friday, July 26th - Sunday, July 28th. Montana Sharptail and Big Sky NAVHDA clubs will jointly run NA and UT double tests this summer. Test locations on multiple sites near Ovando and Helmville, Montana.
A dog is considered registered for a test when you receive an email from the Test Secretary confirming receipt of your completed NAVHDA TEST REGISTRATION and full payment of fees. (Confirmation of "Payment Received" does not constitute registration.) Registrations are First Come - First Served. Once the Test Secretary has reviewed your registration material and is assured that there is a space available, as per NAVHDA International's Test Capacity Chart then you will receive an email that states that you are officially registered. This may take up to 48 hours from the time you submit a registration.
Please contact the Test Secretary with questions at:
or call/text Joey Staszcuk at:
2019 Montana Sharptail and/or Big Sky Members:
Natural Ability: $180
Utility Preparatory Test: $235
Utility Test: $235
2019 Non-Members of Montana Sharptail or Big Sky:
Natural Ability: $205
Utility Preparatory Test: $260
Utility Test: $260
Youth Handlers (17 and under) 75% reimbursement from NAVHDA
Test fee refund policy:
The test registration has the following test entry cancellation fees: Full refunds less a processing charge are given up until 30 days from the first day of the Test Series. 50% refunds are given within 30 days from the first day of the Test Series if the Test does not fill. Full refunds less a processing charge are always given if the test is filled. If you are placed on the waiting list for the test and no spots open up, you will receive a full refund without any processing charges. Any other request for refund must be approved by the Montana Sharptail and/or Big Sky Board of Directors.
If a test is full, you may put a dog on a "Waiting List" for that test. Full payment is required, although fully refunded if your dog does not fill a vacated space in a test. Dogs are placed on the waiting list on a "first come, first serve" basis upon receipt of registration form and fees.
Dogs with pending NAVHDA registrations:
Dogs without "full NAVHDA Registrations" may reserve and hold a space in a test but must be fully registered with NAVHDA by the day of the test. Any dog that has not received an Official NAVHDA Registration number 14 days prior to the test will relinquish its space to any dog on a waiting list. Please contact the NAVHDA International Office and get your dog's official NAVHDA Registration Number as soon as possible to ensure your spot in a test.
NAVHDA dog registration:
Information is available here (including 'Single Dog Registration' forms): http://www.navhda.org/registry/registry-forms
The "14 Day" policy:
Run days will be made official 14 days from a test. Any changes of "Run Day" after the official "Run Day List" is published, MUST be confirmed with and Okay'd by the Test Secretary for that Test Series.
Filling Tests and the "Foot in the Door" policy:
Test are filled as per NAVHDA's mandated Test Formula. This applies to test series that include Natural Ability, Utility Prep, and Utility Tests. If your dog is on a waiting list, and a dog drops from a test (for example creating a "partial space" as one NA space is not equal to a UPT or UT space)...Your dog may gain "Foot in the Door" status until 14 days from the test, at which point the Test Secretary will fill the test and give "Run Days" to Owners and Handlers as per the NAVHDA mandated formula.
Handlers must be registered with NAVHDA International as a member to run a dog in a Montana Sharptail & Big Sky Test. If you get the Versatile Hunting Dog magazine, you are a member. If not, time to join! I feel the magazine is well worth the membership. http://navhdastore.org/membershippackages.aspx
We will need volunteers to help pull off the test. If you are interested in helping, please contact the test secretary. Non-member volunteers can volunteer but are required to sign liability release waivers.
Register for a test through the Test Registration links below:
LINK: Big Sky or MT Sharptail Members
LINK: Non-Members of Sponsor Chapters