All dogs are invited that received a prize one Utility score between January 1, and December 31, of the prior calendar year.
Posting of qualified dogs
All eligible dogs will be posted on the NAVHDA website, www.navhda.org, in January after the last test is recorded. If your dog is eligible, and is not listed on the web site, contact the NAVHDA office immediately. Names of dogs will also be printed in the Versatile Hunting Dog magazine.
Membership and DNA Certification
Effective with the 2005 Invitational, the primary owner must be a NAVHDA member in order to qualify for entry. Also, for all entries, DNA information must be on file or applied for with NAVHDA by the closing date of the entry period. If you are planning to enter this year’s Invitational, be forewarned that it can take six to eight weeks to get your DNA results back. If your DNA sample is submitted through NAVHDA, we will consider this submission as completion of the requirement.
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Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to the NAVHDA Central Office, accompanied by a verifying statement from a physician or veterinarian. NAVHDA must be notified before a dog is scheduled to run; letters of documentation from veterinarians and physicians must be received no later than 15 days after the last day of the Invitational. Fifty percent of the entry fee will be refunded for medical reasons only.
Dams in season
Dams in season may still run in the Invitational, however they will run on the last day of the test. If you think your dam may be coming into, going out of, or will be in heat during the test, please note this on the top of your entry form. There will be a bitch check each morning immediately following the opening ceremony.
Training/Running on Invitational Grounds
There are prohibitions on running and or training dogs entered in the Invitational on Invitational grounds. To ensure compliance, click on "Details" on the Invitational web site to obtain the specific prohibition for each year's Invitational Test.
Running days are primarily assigned on a “first come, first served” basis but please note that many other factors are taken into consideration when compiling the final list. Handlers will be notified the day they are running no later than June 30. Braces will be revealed to handlers on the day of testing.
Test results and plaques
All handlers will receive an official test record after the test, at no cost to the owner. It is imperative all member and dog names be correctly recorded on the entry forms to avoid errors. Co-owners will only be listed if they are listed on the dog’s record in the database. Adding a co-owner on the application will not be recognized unless it is listed in the dog’s record. Each owner who passes the Invitational will receive a plaque to commemorate their success.
NAVHDA will have photographers on premises to take pictures for NAVHDA and the VHD. These photographers will be allowed access to all test grounds. Please note these photos are for NAVHDA’s sole and absolute use and are not available for sale through NAVHDA. To purchase copies of the photos you must contact the photographer directly. The Invitational Photographers receive direction from NAVHDA on what and who to photograph. Any individual requests to the Invitational Photographers will be handled after they have completed their assignments for NAVHDA first.
Photographer information will be made available at and after completion of the Invitational. Due to the number of dogs and size of the grounds, not all dogs will be photographed and not all photographs will be available for purchase.
As with all NAVHDA tests, it is ultimately the handlers' and judges' decision whether or not to permit a photographer to walk along.
Policy for entrance acceptance
At the 2004 NAVHDA Annual Meeting, the Executive Council approved a policy to address the rapid growth of the Invitational. In 2006, the EC voted to implement the policy for the 2008 Invitational; however, the EC voted to delay the implementation of that policy until further notice.
If implemented the new complete standards would be:
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