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Spots are still available, but registration will close at midnight 3/31/24. 

Spring Natural Ability Test

We will note here if/when we switch to a waitlist

Dogs are eligible for a Natural Ability Test until and including the day they reach 16 months of age. Dogs over 16 months may be tested for evaluation if space is available, but no prize classifications are awarded dogs tested for evaluation. No game is shot during the NA test , and no retrieves are required.  There is no set sequence for conducting the four general phases. 

  1. Field Phase

  2. Tracking Phase

  3. Water Phase

  4. Evaluation of Physical Attributes



This is a one day test open to Natural Ability Level dogs.  There is a limited number of spots and tests do fill up quickly.  If you are interested, please fill out the test entry form and email/mail it as directed to secure your spot.  If your entry is incomplete, it will not be accepted.  A complete entry includes:

  • The Dog’s NAVHDA Registration Number

  • The owner’s NAVHDA Member Number (located on the first line of your VHD magazine label)

  • The Handler’s NAVHDA Number

  • A complete Test Entry Form

  • Test Entry Fee payment (PayPal to @bushkillnavhda - please include a copy of your paypal pmt )


Test Date: April 27 & 28th 

Location: Holt Farm - Barto, PA

Entry Fee: $150  for Bushkill Members; $175 for Non Members

Please pay via PayPal @bushkillnavhda - friends/family option - otherwise we will charge an additional $25 fee.

Test Entry Form

Mail or Email your completed entry form to: 

Bushkill NAVHDA

c/o Bill Helfferich

14 Farm House Lane

Richboro, PA 18954

Contact for Questions:

Bill Helfferich, Director of Testing


Refunds: A refund equal to eighty percent (80%) of test entry fee will be provided for any dog withdrawn from the test more than 30 days in advance for which a fully paid replacement is found. NO REFUND will be provided for a test withdrawal less than 30 days prior to the test or if a fully paid replacement is not found.

Lunch: Please pack a lunch for the day.

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