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Official NACSW™
K9 Nose Work® Elite, NW3, NW2 Trials
September 20-21-22 2019


Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds
779 Sulphur Creek Rd., Meeker, CO

Please Note: It is not appropriate to contact or to visit the trial location prior to the trial date, nor should training take place on trial grounds once an event is approved/announced. Our locations are real life search environments where people work, go to school, etc. Pre-trial visits risk the host losing the opportunity to use the location again in the future.

Trial Host:
Mountain Dogs LLC

No BSL applicable for this location

Elite: Friday, September 20, 2019


NW3: Saturday, September 21, 2019


NW2: Sunday, September 22, 2019


Certifying Official:
Jean Richardson

NACSW Judges:

Robert Day

Mike Kalinay

Entry Cost:
Elite: $160 per dog and handler team
NW 3: $135 per dog and handler team
NW2: $125 per dog and handler team

Number of Entries:
Elite: 28 entries
NW3: 35 entries
NW2: 38 entries

Payable to: Mountain Dogs LLC (via Paypal / no paypal account required)
One dog per handler per level.


Registration Entry and Closing:

      Trial entry will open on Monday, July 22 2019 at 10:00 AM Mountain Time.  Entries will be awarded by random draw of all entries received between 10am July  22 2019 and 10am July 24 2019.

       Trial entry will close when entries fill after the draw period or 10am Mountain Time on July 24 2019.

      NACSW reserves the right to cancel a trial if minimum entry numbers are not met

      The trial host of an event has the right to refuse entry of any competitor or dog for just cause as approved by the National Trial Committee.  Just cause includes lack of adherence to NACSW rules and guidelines and the policies outlined in each event entry premium.

      Note:  We will not be taking payment until you are given a space in the trial.  If you are given a space in the trial, you will receive information on how to submit payment.  You will then have 48 hours to complete your payment to confirm your space in the trial.

Registration Method:

All registration will be on-line via the link provided to the NACSW™ trial registration form. Paper and phone entries will not be accepted. Completing the form is not a guarantee of entry. You will receive an auto-response email confirming that we received your trial entry after registration - this email does not confirm your space in the trial. There will be a separate confirmation from mtnnosework@gmail.com to let you know if your entry has been given a space in the trial.

Entry Method:

A Qualified Entry is one that meets all of the following criteria

  1. Complete the on-line trial entry between 10am July 22 2019 and 10am July 24 2019.
  2. The Handler is a NACSW™ member for the 2019-2020 membership year (8/1/19- 7/31/20).
  3. The Dog is registered with the NACSW™
  4. Dogs participating in a trial must be at least one year of age.
  5. The Dog has passed the appropriate ORT and prior title level at least 14 days before the trial opens for entries.
  6. Qualified entry for NW2- Dog has earned an NW1 title and not yet earned an NW2 title.
  7. Qualified entry for NW3 – Dog has earned an NW2 title and has not yet earned the NW3 Elite title level.
  8. Qualified entry for Elite- Dog has earned an NW3 Elite title and has not yet earned an ELT CH title.

Trial spaces will be awarded in the following manner:

      Spaces will be awarded by a random draw of all Qualified Entries (see below) received between 10am July  22 2019 and 10am July 24 2019.


      In the event that you are having technical difficulties with the entry system, please email trialEntry@nacsw.net prior to the end of the draw period.

      If a trial level is not full after the draw of Qualified Entries, then there will be a Secondary Draw of any entries received that did not meet the ORT or title requirements.  These entries will be accepted pending completion of the requirements. Please note: Dogs must earn the appropriate ORT and prior title level at least 3 days prior to the trial date to be eligible to compete. If the required title or ORT is earned less than 14 days prior to the event, it is the competitor’s responsibility to provide proof of the ORT or title to the event host in the form of a score book or a photo of the official results.

Note: If you are entered in another trial before this one and earn the title for the level you are entering (ELT-CH, NW3 Elite, NW2) at this trial, you will forfeit your space in this trial. You may request that the host add you to the list of those wishing to run their dog For Exhibition Only (FEO), in which case you may be given a space in the trial if space remains after all Qualified Entries are accommodated. If you earn the title level after the refund period has ended then you must contact the trial host at: mtnnosework@gmail.com within 48 hours of earning your title and at least 72 hours before the trial you are registered for to let them know you are no longer eligible. If you contact the host within 48 hours of titling and at least 72 hours before their trial and (1) they are unable to fill your space then you won't be given a refund but will be allowed to keep your space in the trial and run your dog FEO or (2) they are able to fill your space then a refund will be issued minus the processing fee listed in the cancellation policy. If you fail to contact the host within 48 hours of earning your title and at least 72 hours before the trial you are registered for then you will forfeit your space, you will not be allowed to run as FEO, and no refund will be issued.

      After all entries received during the draw period are processed, if the trial level is still not full, entries will continue to be accepted in the order they are received through the closing date or when entries fill.

      You may enter multiple dogs for entry in the draw.  However, only one dog/handler per title level will be accepted into the trial.  Entry will go to the dog selected in the draw – you may not swap to an alternate dog.   In the event that multiple dogs are selected in the draw, you may select which dog you wish to enter.  Once a dog has been entered as a second dog/handler entry, you may not swap handlers after the draw to change the entry to a first dog/handler unless the trial is not full. 

      No dog will be given a space in more than one trial of the same level at a single event

      Some trial entries may be given priority entry based on contributions to the organization and the trial process.

      If space remains after all qualified entries are accommodated on August 30 2019 then we may accept entries for those who wish to run a dog For Exhibition Only (FEO). Dogs running FEO are not eligible to receive titles or earn placement ribbons. FEO results will not be included in the posted trial results. 

You will be notified via e-mail of the results of the random draw by 5:00PM (Mountain Time) July 30 2019.  If you are given a space in the trial, you will receive information on how to submit payment.  You will then have 48 hours to complete your payment to confirm your space in the trial.

A waiting list for alternates will be started as soon as entries fill.

Alternates will be contacted when a space opens up.  Note: Depending on last minute trial logistics, we may opt to not fill all canceled spaces.

Be sure you read and understand the guidelines for this trial before entering. By submitting a registration for this NACSW™ Trial, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and accept the policies and liability information of NACSW™.

Cancellation Policy:


The following cancellation policy applies:

For cancellation of entries on or before 5 p.m. Mountain time September 6 2019- Full refund minus $25 processing fee. For cancellation of entries after 5 pm Mountain time on August 30 2019: 50% refund will be issued if host can fill your space. No refund will be issued after this date if host can’t fill your space. No refunds will be issued for cancellations during the last 72 hours before the event or no-shows. Please note: Due to time constraints, host may opt to not fill cancelled spaces and no refund will be issued.

All cancellations must be emailed to mtnnosework@gmail.com.

Entry fees shall not be refunded in the event that a dog is absent, disqualified, or excused by the NACSW™ official or judge.

This cancellation and refund policy applies to competitors that must withdraw for any reason including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons.

No part of the fee will be refunded if the trial cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public emergency, or any other cause beyond the control of the trial organizers.

Trial Conditions:

Modeled after real-life detection work, K9 Nose Work® trials are held in many different locations, with a variety of terrain, under varying weather conditions. Dogs and handlers need to be able to safely negotiate a variety of surfaces, including, but not limited to, tile, linoleum, carpeting, gravel, asphalt, uneven surfaces, and slippery footing. Handlers should be prepared to deal with a variety of weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain and snow. Trials frequently require covering extensive distances to get to and from the parking area to each of the search areas and generally require that this be done across natural, uneven surfaces. Handlers should be prepared for the physical demands and must be able to navigate the terrain with their dog accordingly. Participants should expect to spend most of the day outside or in their vehicles as there are rarely indoor crating options at trials. Please be prepared for you and your canine partner to deal with all of these varying environmental challenges. Handlers should familiarize themselves with potential regional risks and health concerns that may affect themselves or their dogs.  Handlers agree that they are entering this trial at their own risk. 

Trial Location:

This trail location is at 6240 feet above sea level and MAY BE considered a “high altitude” area and may require walking some distances from the parking area to the search areas, walking up short flights of stairs or sidewalk ramps, hilly and sloping terrain and grass or dirt paths.  If you don’t feel you can safely and comfortably walk these distances at altitude then you may not want to enter this trail.

This trial location is in north western Colorado in the town of Meeker, home of the world renowned annual sheep herding competition, located 103 miles northeast of Grand Junction and 225 miles north west of Denver.  This is a small rural Colorado community but with ample hotels and lodging and amazing camping and cabins in close proximity. This area may have mid 40-50s temperatures in the am and low 70s in the pm in September (Low of 38; High of 75) All attendees (competitors, volunteers and officials) should plan to wear appropriate clothing including outer layers with the ability to add or decrease layers throughout the day.

The competitor parking lot is pavement and some dirt and located on the Fairgrounds with grassy walking areas as well.  The pathways to the search areas are paved or dirt roads and include slight terrain changes.  The search areas may include pavement, dirt or level ground.  The event facility is medium size and spread out so there may be longer walks to the search areas. Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, the expected search areas, parking, and pathways to the search areas may be modified at the last minute. It is not likely competitors will be able to leave during the day without line of sight/ sound issues with the potential search areas.

Altitude: Note this facility is located at an elevation of 6240 feet above sea level. You should drink plenty of water upon arrival and continue hydration for anyone not used to being at elevation.


By registering for the trial, the competitor hereby assumes all risks of, and responsibility for, accidents and/or damage to her/himself or to her/his property or to others, resulting from the actions of her/his dog. The competitor expressly agree that the NACSW™, Mountain Dogs LLC and its assignees or any other person, or persons, of said groups, shall not be held liable personally, or collectively, under any circumstances, for injury, and/or damage to her/himself, for loss or injury to property, whether due to uncontrolled dogs or negligence of any member of said groups, or any other cause, or causes.  The competitor also agrees to assume all financial liability that may be incurred by the NACSW™ due to the actions of themselves or their dogs regardless of the cause.


Dog Policies:

All dogs must be on a 6’ leash at all times when not being tested. NO flexi-leashes while not participating in a competition search.

Reactive and/or spatially challenged dogs should wear a red bandana (to be provided by the dog’s handler) to help signal others that the dog needs extra space from other dogs.

Dogs will be toileted in designated areas and handlers must pick-up and dispose of waste.

Dogs and handlers must stay in designated areas to avoid contaminating testing space, interrupting a test, or from viewing any part of the testing.

Unentered dogs must remain in the competitor’s (or volunteer’s) vehicle during the trial day.  There will be ample potty areas, but unentered dogs should not be allowed to “play” , exercise, or train on the trial grounds.

Competitors should expect to keep their dogs confined in a crate or vehicle when not competing.  The logistics of a trial typically do not allow for dogs to hang out on leash in between searches.  Competitors should plan to provide their own shade using canopies or shade cloths. 

Females in Season:

Will be allowed to run wearing “pants” at the very end of the running orders after all other dogs have been judged. Females in season will be parked and pottied in areas separate from the other dogs while at the trial if the location logistics permit. Handlers must contact mtnnosework@gmail.com so plans can be made for the dog.



Complete rules are available at www.NACSW.net.  It is the responsibility of each competitor to read and understand the current NACSW™ Rule book prior to participating in a NACSW™ event. 

Reactive Dog Parking:

There will be reactive dog parking at this trial for those who wish to park in this area, however reactive parking may be at greater distances to search areas. There will not be separate warm up boxes.

RV Parking:

There may be space for RVs to park in the competitor/volunteer parking area during the trial day. To reserve a space you will need to contact the host after you receive a confirmation that you have received a space in the trial. Please email mtnnosework@gmail.com to request an RV space. No overnight RV parking is available.

Running Vehicles or Generators in the Parking Lot:

There is ample parking and we will have plenty of space for parking for those wishing to run their vehicles or generators during the day.

Due to unforeseen conditions, such as weather or change in availability of areas at the location, this policy may be modified at the last minute.


Smoking is prohibited at this trial site, including the use of e-cigarettes


All competitors/handlers and spectators are expected to follow the rules of the NACSW™ and demonstrate good sportsmanship. This includes making sure the hide placements are unknown to the handler prior to testing and kept secret from other competitors. Please do not discuss hide placement or any details of a dog's performance that may provide information or clues to other handlers or may be overheard.

NACSW™ Results:

Results for each search and overall will be posted after all searches are completed and scores are verified for you to record your results for your own records.  It is your responsibility to ensure your scores are accurate prior to leaving trial grounds.  In the event that a discrepancy cannot be verified at the trial, you may be instructed to submit a score card review request.  It is not the responsibility of the host or NACSW to return score sheets that are left behind or to mail ribbons that are not picked up.

Family members and friends are welcome to watch certain elements if there is appropriate viewing space for a gallery that will not interfere with the dog working or the judging. Limits may be put on the number of spectators depending on the turn out. Children under 18 must be directly supervised by a parent/guardian at all times. Spectators MUST check-in at registration, sign a waiver, and get a name badge. No dogs will be allowed in the spectator area. No unentered dogs are allowed at the trial. Spectators are reminded that the hide placements must not be discussed nor should they speak with any competitors about what they saw until after the trial is complete. Competitors are not allowed to watch the trial at anytime.

Video Taping and Photography:

At this time, competitors may be allowed to take videos and photos of the search areas during the competitor walk through in order to help familiarize themselves with the search area. Due to site privacy issues or time constraints, competitors may not be allowed to photograph or video a search area during the walk through.  At the host's discretion, a photographer and/or video service may be present during the trial to offer photos and/or videos for sale to the competitors.

As a condition of your entry, you agree to allow NACSW™, or their agents, to video you and your dog, during the entirety of the NACSW™ event.  These videos are the property of NACSW™. All competitors, through entry at any NACSW™ event, waive any and all rights relative to video broadcast or photography of such event.


All volunteers are welcome to sign up on the host website at the VOLUNTEERS webpage. NACSW™ has initiated a Volunteer Incentive program starting for trials on or after January 1 2019. For more information on how YOU may participate please go to http://mountaindogs.org/Volunteers.html for more information.

Camping on Trial Site:

This site is a private museum and camping on the trial site is not allowed. There are ample parking and RV sites within close proximity listed on the host website under WHERE TO STAY.

Hotels and Directions:
A list of area hotels is provided on the host website under   WHERE TO STAY.

All trial related questions, contact Jill Kovacevich at mtnnosework@gmail.com.

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