The Greatland Chapter
typically conducts NAVHDA-sanctioned Tests in August. These included Natural Ability Tests, Utility Preparatory Tests and Utility
This year's tests
(2013) will be conducted on 2-4 August (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Registrations for the
2013 tests are now being accepted, using the official
Please note that the completed form and the accompanying
registration number and other information should be mailed to the Test
Deaver, and not to NAVHDA International.
Directions to Test
On each Test day, handlers
will meet at the Fairbanks Flood Control Project Grounds for the Judges' Briefing and announcement
of running order. All field events (search, tracking, etc.) will
be conducted at the Flood Control Project grounds. Water events are
Confirmed Test Entries
||Utility Preparatory Test
Mike Feigley (3)
Don Holum (3)
|Don Holum (2)
Ken & Jenny Gates
|Jeff Alling (2)
Applications for the
2013 Tests are being accepted by the Greatland Chapter. Once the
test is full, you may apply for other
slots as a standby, in the event that one or more dogs are
withdrawn prior to August. The test fees are higher than in
other states, but are necessary
in order for our Chapter to break even on the overall cost of
running these tests.
Fees are as follows:
||Chapter Member: $275
||Non-Chapter Member: $285
||Chapter Member: $315
||Non-Chapter Member: $325
||Chapter Member: $315
||Non-Chapter Member: $325
(Greatland Charter Members
Applications for tests must be made using the standard NAVHDA Test
Entry form found on the NAVHDA web site at
Please print and complete the form, then mail with the necessary
supporting paperwork, along with your entry fee, to the Test
4752 Mills Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
10140 Kasilof Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99507
Make checks payable to:
For questions, call
907-346-6279 or 907-337-6286 (evenings and weekends).
You may also eMail questions to
Judy Deaver or to
The slots for each type of test will
be filled in the order that completed applications are received.
To be considered complete, the application must include payment
and registration information for the dog. You may request a
specific date, which will be honored to the extent possible.
There are limits on the number and mix of tests the chapter may
conduct on a single day that may require a change in the day of
Running order is determined by the
Senior Judge on the morning of each day's test.
Applications will be accepted and
processed on the basis of postmark date.
Entry fees for the August
tests are non-refundable!
The chapter has received enough entries to
make holding these tests economically viable. We have a full
slate of dogs each day needed to make it work. A full slate for each
day is 8-10 NA dogs, or 5-6 UT dogs, or a mixture based on
NAVHDA criteria for maximum test sizes.
We have made the commitment to NAVHDA, requested that
judges be assigned, paid the test fee to NAVHDA, and begun
planning the logistics. For that reason, we cannot (and will
not) accept cancelations or refund entry fees without a paid
replacement. While we understand a handler's desire to recover
the entry fee if a dog dies, gets ill or injured, or simply
isn't ready to run the test for whatever reason, the money won't
be there to make a refund. The Chapter officers would have to
pay the difference out of pocket, since we do not have the
cash reserves that larger, more active chapters typically do.
If you know you want to run your dog
in a test, or think you might want to, please register and pay
the fee. We'll accept entries until we fill up three days with
the max number of dogs.
Remember that you can run a dog in
more than one test. It isn't uncommon at all to run the same dog
on two days of a 2 or 3-day set of tests. Doing that might increase
your chances of getting a higher Prize, and it will certainly
help us make the numbers we need to run the tests in the first
Test Site and Accommodations
Site map is shown above. A list of local accommodations will be mailed
to accepted applicants.
Snacks and drinks will be available
This is Alaska. Vets are a given.
Doctors are optional. Dress for the weather and expect rain.
A waiting list will be maintained,
if needed. Fees for dogs on the waiting list that are not
accommodated will be refunded in full. It is suggested that
wait-listed dogs show up on site, ready to test, on each test
One owner may enter several
dogs, and may place additional dogs on the waiting list if the
tests are full.
Details on the NAVHDA Tests may be
found on the NAVHDA
Female dogs in season will be run at
the end of each event.
UPT and UT handlers must wear
orange. Anyone in the field when live ammunition is being used
(gunners, gallery, judges, etc.) must also wear orange.
Refunds and Substitutions
There is no refund for a withdrawals unless a replacement dog (same or different handler) is
registered and fully paid. The replacement dog must not have
been previously registered.
Please note: The chapter incurs
significant expense in conducting these tests, and the only
revenue used to offset the expense are the entry fees. Once the
judges travel to Alaska, the expenses have been incurred and the
chapter must field the maximum number of dogs each day. We do
offer wait list opportunities for dogs if we exceed the maximum
number of entries for a specific day. However, it is entirely
possible that handlers may not travel to the test site if they
could not be assured of a slot. In that case, refunding a fee
for a late cancellation, no-show or withdrawal would jeopardize the
chapter's planned revenue goal.
There will be no refund of a test
fee for a no-show of for a cancellation if the
decision has been made to run the tests. This includes
withdrawal because of injury or illness involving the dog or the
A dog may be substituted for a dog
already registered by the same owner.
Apprentice Judges interested in
participating in these tests please contact the
Test Secretary to discuss the availability of slots.
Hunting, fishing and
Come early or stick around
after the test and make your trip even more worthwhile.
The upland bird
season in Alaska opens on 10 August.
The salmon and trout
fishing season will be in full swing.
Anchorage Convention and
Visitors Bureau web site, or any of a wide variety of
Alaska-related web sites or guide books for information on
activities around Alaska in August. Greatland Chapter members
would be glad to help point you in the right direction for
sightseeing, flightseeing, or other pursuits.